This is the first English translation of George Ingle Finch's "Der Kampf um den Everest". Finch was a key member of the 1922 British Mount Everest Expedition, the world's first climbing foray above 8000m. He was President of the Alpine Club from 1959-61. Finch's approach to mountaineering was practical and systematic, and he was a pioneering advocate of the use of supplementary oxygen for climbing at extreme altitude and for the use of down clothing. However, neither he nor his contributions were appreciated by the British climbing establishment who found the Australian-born, Paris and Zurich educated chemist difficult. During the 1922 expedition, Finch and Geoffrey Bruce managed to attain an altitude (aided by supplementary oxygen) greater than any previous mountaineer had ever achieved."Der Kampf um den Everest" was published in Germany in 1925, but never translated into English until now. In addition, select entries from the diary Finch kept during the 1922 Everest expedition have been added at appropriate locations in the text to support and/or enhance the story.
Moreover, written material about Finch by British mountaineer Stephen Venables, and new material written just for this volume by George Rodway and John West MD, offers an introduction to, and attempts to provide context for, his life and times. The book is an important addition to the early Everest literature and a great compliment to the official expedition book by Charles Bruce, as well as those by expedition members Tom Longstaff, John Morris, John Noel, and T Howard Somervell.