HERE’S SOMETHING thought-provoking and challenging about the life of Maurice Wilson. Like Christopher Columbus and Thor Heyerdahl, Wilson wanted to prove a cherished theory by a heroic deed. He would climb the highest peak on earth—Mount Everest—and he’d do it alone.
 
No Obstacle Insurmountable
Not knowing the first thing about mountaineering, Wilson set to work. He bought a tent, sleeping bag, special clothing, an altimeter, and a camera with a self-timer so he could take a picture of himself on the summit. Then he started training.
 
In hobnailed boots and with a backpack so heavy he could hardly lift it to his shoulders, »

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