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Mount Everest Massif

Mount Everest Massif. Jan Kielkowski. Explo Publishers, 1 Maja 40/6, 44-100 Gliwice, Poland. 1992. Climbing Guide, 201 pages, 9 maps, 97 illustrations, $18.50. Mountaineering Atlas, 21 pages, maps and indexes, $6.50 plus $2.50 postage for each.

If you need a thumb-nail mountaineering résumé of Mount Everest and its immediate vicinity, these little books, written in English, are it. The Climbing Guide contains brief descriptions up to the middle of 1992 of all climbing routes on Everest and its immediate neighbors, Lhotse, Nuptse, Changtse, Shartse and lower trekking peaks such as Imja, Pokalde, Kongma Tse (not including Pumori, Makalu and their neighbors, which are included in others of Kielkowski’s booklets). Every side of each peak is illustrated by overall and close-up sketches, showing the climbing routes, often in remarkable detail. In the Mountaineering Atlas, “orographic” maps show ridge configurations and there is a detailed bibliography and index of names and maps to complete this remarkable little publication.

Bradford Washburn