Time to Eat the Dogs

On Science, History, and Exploration

Podcast #3: The First Americans on Everest

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Ten years after the first summit of Everest by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary, a team of 19 Americans and hundreds of Sherpas, attempted to do it again. The American expedition would be different from Norgay and Hillary’s. It combined high altitude climbing with scientific research. The climbing party included a glaciologist, sociologist, biophysicist, and psychologist.

I talk with Phil Clements, historian at California State University Chico about this strange expedition. It is the subject of his new book Science in an Extreme Environment: the 1963 American Mount Everest Expedition.

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Listen to Phil Clements on iTunes

Press website for Science in an Extreme Environment

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