Mick Conefrey is the author of Everest 1953, the award-winning Adventurer’s Handbook and How to Climb Mont Blanc in a Skirt.


The Ghosts of K2
The extraordinary tale of the first ascent of the world's hardest mountain


A classic mountaineering story, the epic saga of the first ascent of K2.

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Everest 1953 – Mick Conefrey - Author & Film-maker
  • ISBN: 97.818.516.894.60
  • Publication Date: 18-10-2012
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Extent: 400 pages
  • Illustrations: Hand drawn illustrations by Adam T. Burton

Everest 1953
The Epic Story of the First Ascent


The compelling story of the first ascent of the world’s highest mountain. Based on newly released diaries, documents and letters it reveals the inside story of this epic expedition. Far from being the ‘military operation’ of legend, it was beset by crises and controversies from beginning to end.

Conefrey describes this frenetic scramble for ownership of the mountain brilliantly … As I read the book, I often found myself deeply moved. It is a tale of great courage, and – poignantly – of a world that has passed

Justin Cartwright, The Guardian

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How to Climb Mont Blanc in a Skirt – Mick Conefrey - Author & Film-maker
  • ISBN: number
  • Publication Date: 14-11-2012

How to Climb Mont Blanc in a Skirt
The Amazing, Untold Story of Women's Exploration


We are all familiar with Shackleton, Mallory and Livingstone, but the great female explorers are largely unknown. Women like Freya Stark, Gertrude Bell and Ella Maillart were just as resourceful, eccentric and adventurous. Tall tales and high adventure from the world's greatest female travelers.

Intrepid stories from Female travellers that will inspire your next trip abroad

The Times

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The Adventurer’s Handbook
Life Lessons from History’s Great Explorers


The book that inspired Jonah Hill and his friends Max Winkler and Matt Spicer to write a hit script. A wild ride through the history of exploration, distilling the essence of what makes a perfect expedition.

I enjoyed it so much that my friends and I are attempting to make a film out of it. I did the same with A Clockwork Orange but apparently some random guy has beat me to it.

Jonah Hill

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