A book review: Norton of Everest by Hugh Norton
E.F. (Teddy) Norton was involved in 2 early Everest expeditions; 1922 and 1924. The latter when Mallory and Irvine went missing high on the north-east ridge and Norton set a record for the highest climb without oxygen.
Norton was a soldier first and foremost and although he enjoyed the mountains and had a chalet in the Alps, his time on Everest, it seems, was 'just another job' as part of his duty. There are some interesting stories from his time in the 1st world war and later as acting Governor in Hong Kong during the 2nd world war.
The main disappointment is that it seems that the sources for this book are mainly from the writings and diaries of Norton rather than from personal experience as the son of Norton. Maybe this was due to Norton's reserved character who rarely showed much emotion as Hugh admits.
An interesting read if you're after some background to the man who lead the 1924 Everest expedition.