BY NEREESHA PATEL, August 12, 2017
At the time, he was a 23-year-old reporter, enthusiastic and jovial – “gung-ho”, as Talk Radio 702’s then-Marketing Director Cecil Lyons called him – and determined to document the event that would later become controversial. He was the only one who applied for the task.
“I was prepared to go and get the story,” Conroy explains. “But I think I would have been a betterjournalist if I had a guiding hand from above that would give me some advice and
help bring out the best in me. The problem was that I flew 6,000 miles, trekked through the Himalaya mountains for nine days and had to function on my own, hoping that whatever I was doing was good enough for management.”
Published by Jacana Media, Everest Untold provides insight into South Africa’s first attempt to reach the summit of Mount Everest and its repercussions as seen from Conroy’s perspective. It also includes personal reflections, transcripts and a brief history of the world-famous mountain. Thought-provoking and resonant for those who read the book, it was a cathartic process for Conroy to put it together. It allowed him to come to terms with everything that he went through all those years ago.