New Yorker writer Ed Caesar's latest book, The Moth and The Mountain, tells, for the first time, the incredible story of Maurice Wilson and his jaw-dropping attempt to become the first person to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1933.
Everest 1933 by Hugh Ruttledge (1936)
In researching The Moth and the Mountain, I absorbed the accounts of members of the 1920s and 1930s Everest expeditions. Hugh Ruttledge’s book, from the almost-triumphant 1933 mission, is rarely mentioned by aficionados of Everest literature. I love it. Ruttledge was not a great alpinist, but he was a keen watcher, and his descriptions of the landscape are indelible. “The least imaginative of mountaineers must feel… that he is in an enchanted land where things undreamt of in his philosophy may occur at any moment.”