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Going Up is Easy: The First Woman to Ascend Everest Without Oxygen

Author(s): Bradey, Lydia w/ Laurence Fearnley

Copyright: 2015, NZ
Specifications: 1st, 8vo, pp.272, photo frontis, 23 color & 40 bw photos, 2 maps, wraps w/ French flaps
Condition: signed, fine

In 1988, Lydia Bradey became the first woman to climb Everest without supplementary oxygen. She made the ascent alone and to date she is the only New Zealander to have made an oxygen-free ascent. Her climb was a remarkable achievement but also a controversial one. Her book details for the first time the events surrounding this historic feat, as well as her many hair-raising expeditions.

She covers the evolution of her alpine career from her first ascent of Aoraki/Mount Cook (1979) while still a teenager, an attempt on Denali’s American Direct route (1981), Yosemite (1981), Cho Oyu (1984), Gangkhar Puensum, Bhutan (1986), Kedarnath Dome, India (1987), Gasherbrum I and II (1987), K2 (1988), Everest (1988), Beka Brakai Chhok, Pakistan (2007), Nyambo Konka, China (2009), and more. Through her stories, we encounter a woman propelled by curiosity and passion to become one of Australasia's foremost high-altitude mountaineers. Employed as a professional mountain guide, she has had two additional expeditions to Cho Oyu (2004, 2006) and three further expeditions to Everest, with two further ascents, (2008, 2013, 2014); as well as climbed and guided extensively throughout Nepal, Pakistan, Antarctica, South America, Africa and Europe.

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