A New Look for Bungalo Books
Our publisher's line of iBooks designed for the Apple iPad,
launched in 2012, includes our non-fiction title, Everest: High Expectations.
This iBook is now available for $9.99 in the Apple iTunes Bookstore
A Press Package is available at this link.
The story of two Canadian climbing expeditions told by summiteers Pat Morrow (1982) and Sharon Wood (1986).
In 1982, a team of Canada’s best climbers left for the Himalaya, intent on establishing a new route on Mount Everest. Within a month, four people were dead, and half the team made the difficult decision to leave. Although the much-reduced team managed to salvage the expedition by putting two Canadians and four Nepalis on top via the South Col route, their mission was incomplete.
Those who retreated went on to make mountaineering history in 1986. Not only did they establish a new route on Everest without Sherpa support, (the West Ridge from Tibet to the Hornbein Couloir) but put the first North American woman (only the 6th woman ever, and still the only woman to climb Everest by a new route) on top. Despite seven attempts by strong teams using Sherpas, their route has yet to be repeated.
On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Canada’s first expedition to Mount Everest, this is the untold story of how the combined efforts of these two teams placed Canada on the international mountaineering map. Their expeditions were among the last to attempt ascents of Everest by fair means. Both authors make candid observations on how their lives were affected by the experience and offer frank assessments of the change in climbers’ attitudes and standards on the mountain today.
Pat Morrow was the official photographer on the first Canadian expedition to Everest, and second Canadian to reach the top. He went on to pioneer the Seven Summits project (including Australasia’s highest peak), solving the logistical hurdles of reaching and climbing the highest mountain on all seven continents and has spent much of the ensuing 30 years on photography and filming expeditions to the ends of the earth.
Sharon Wood was in the vanguard of North American mountaineering long before she reached the top of Everest. She was the first woman to become an ACMG Alpine guide in Canada, in Argentina climbed the notorious 2700 m French route on the South Face of Aconcagua (6,962m/22,841 ft) alpine style, persevered through a multi day alpine style climb of the Ancash Face of Huascaran Sur (6768 m/22,205 ft) in Peru despite having a broken shoulder bone, and reached 8000m on an attempt with fellow Canadians Dwayne Congdon and Albi Sole on the difficult West Ridge of Makalu (8,463 m/27,766 ft) in Nepal.
Watch a video clip of Sharon and Pat on Mt Victoria in the Alberta Rockies