Everest, the first ascent: the untold story of the man who made it possible

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Sixty years after a British team made history by conquering Everest, Harriet Tuckey tells the story of her father Dr Griffith Pugh, a physiologist who made the ascent possible with his research on high-altitude climbing. A year before the climb, with funding from the Royal Society, Pugh conducted physical research on Cho Oyu, a mountain on the Neptal-Tibe border. His resulting blueprint for acclimatisation, diet, hydration and the use of oxygen was the basis of the first Everest climb - and every one since.

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