The Climb : Tragic Ambitions on Everest, Paperback

The Climb : Tragic Ambitions on Everest Paperback

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In May 1996 a number of expeditions attempted to climb Mount Everest on the Southeast Ridge route.

Crowded conditions slowed their progress and late in the day 23 men and women, including the expedition leaders, were caught in a ferocious blizzard.

Disorientated and out of oxygen, climbers struggled to find their way to safety.

Alone and climbing blind, Anatoli Boukreev rescued a number of climbers from certain death.

This honest and gripping account includes the transcript of the Mountain Madness debriefing, recorded five days after the tragedy, as well as G.

Weston de Walt's response to Jon Krakauer. 'Powerful ...a breath of brisk, sometimes bitter clarity ...Boukreev did the one thing that denies the void.

He took action. He chose danger, and he saved lives.' New York Times Book Review 'The best book I've read this year ...The Climb has a story that will grip and haunt you.' Alex Garland, author of The Beach and The Tesseract




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A must read for all those INTO THIN AIR fans. If Boukreev believed he had to leave his clients to go back down and make tea, why not? It's fun to second-guess people at 28,000 feet, especially when you are sitting confortably in your arm chair.

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This is yet another perspective on the events that unfolded on Everest on the 10th May 1996. Anatoli Boukreev was the villian of Jon Krakuer's "Into Thin Air" and in this book Boukreev sets out his side of the story and West DeWalt takes the time to point out some of the inconsistencies in Krakuer's story. Having also read Matt Dickinson's book which tells the story of the storm from on the north face of Everest (The Death Zone) I am still really glad that I took the time to read this book as it balanced out some of the omissions in Krakuer's story and raises the question. What would have happened if Boukreev had climbed on oxygen that day, and stayed high on the mountain with the client climbers - the answer is that most likely Boukreev and the client climbers he later rescued would have died, as Matt Dickinson comments Boukreev was "The only climber with the strength to push himself out into the white-out blizzard to try and guide in the lost climbers." Whatever happened or didn't happen on Everest that day the sad fact is that several very experienced and some not so experienced climbers died due to one or more misjudgements which may not have had such tragic results on any other day.

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