BONINGTON, Sir Christian John Storey and Charles CLARKE. Everest: The Unclimbed Ridge.  London: Hazell, Watson and Viney Ltd. for Hodder and Stoughton, 1983.

Octavo (244 x 173mm), pp. 132. 29 colour-printed plates, with illustrations after Bonington, Clarke, Peter Boardman, Joe Tasker, et al. recto-and-verso, some double-page, monochrome illustrations, maps and diagrams in the text. (Small marginal mark on pp. 103-104.) Original black cloth, spine lettered and decorated in silver, map endpapers by Brian and Constance Dear, dustwrapper with illustration after Eric Perlman, retaining price. (A few unobtrusive small marks on endpapers and boards, dustwrapper slightly rubbed and creased at edges.) A very good copy in the dustwrapper.

First edition. Bonington and Clarke’s account of the 1982 British Everest Expedition’s attempt to ascend the unclimbed north-east ridge of Everest. The six-man team of Peter Boardman, Bonington, Clarke, Adrian Gordon, Dick Renshaw, and Joe Tasker set out from Lhasa and crossed Tibet to Everest, where they attempted to climb the ridge without oxygen. In the course of the expedition Boardman and Tasker – ‘one of the best-known and most successful climbing partnerships in recent British climbing history’ (ODNB) – disappeared while attempting the second pinnacle of the ridge: ‘[t]hey were last seen alive on 17 May 1982, moving upwards at approximately 8200 metres on the north-east ridge of Mount Everest, some 600 metres short of the summit’ (op. cit.). 

Everest: The Unclimbed Ridge is dedicated to Boardman and Tasker and the book concludes with obituaries of the two men written by Clarke and Renshaw respectively; Boardman’s Sacred Summits and Tasker’s Savage Arena were both published posthumously in 1982. An appeal led to the foundation of the prestigious  Boardman-Tasker Award for Mountaineering Literature, which is awarded annually ‘to the author or co-authors of an original work, which has made an outstanding contribution to mountain literature’.

Neate B131.