Just because technological and meteorological advances have benefited later expeditions, newer isn't necessarily better; much wisdom can be gained from studying the mistakes and encounters of previous attempts. Anecdotes and gripping prose shine throughout, like this gem: "That night--and then the following night--we lay in our tents listening to the malevolent roar of wind high on the mountain. The train was still running, the 747 endlessly trying to take off." As a Sherpa and practicing Buddhist, Norgay flavors the book with his culture and its climbing rituals and carefully dissects the differences between the local, deep respect for their mountain--Chomolungma--and the nonnative brashness that has often led to disaster.
Norgay is intent on the accomplishments and experiences of his legendary father, Tenzing Norgay, the Sherpa who first reached the summit with Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953, and commendably shares his most private and human thoughts while retracing his father's greatest path. As Touching My Father's Soul acknowledges, however, no one conquers Everest. You sneak up on it, then get down as quick as you can. --Michael Ferch --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I have been very pleased with these purchases and the delivery was excellent.Published 5 months ago by Trevor Rogers
I read this right through from beginning to end in one sitting. I loved reading about the perspectives, struggles, achievements and spiritual qualities of the sherpas. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Carol
The story we all know (first ascent of Everest) but told from a Sherpa's perspective, from their spirituality, and their reverence for the mountain. Read morePublished 13 months ago by LaBombera
I found this to be a hard read. Author switches between current day, and memories of his father; or stories of his father's climbs. This was a distraction to me. Read morePublished 20 months ago by J
This book gives insight about the life of Tenzing Norgay, Jambling's father and the first Sherpa to summit Everest. Read morePublished on July 19, 2013 by Chinkie