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The Moth and the Mountain

In Ed Ceasar’s The Moth and the Mountain, some answers to the mystery of climber Maurice Wilson remain shrouded in the mists of Mt. Everest.

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Review of ‘The Moth and the Mountain’

Ed Caesar’s irresistible book The Moth and the Mountain tells two essential stories. Its primary story is an account of Maurice Wilson’s ill-fated 1934 attempt to be the first solo climber to summit Mt. Everest. Wilson is barely a footnote in Everest climbing history, usually derided as a grandiose dilettante whose widely publicized ambitions were not only absurd but fatal.…

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