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The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest

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ISBN13: 9780312168148
ISBN10: 0312168144
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As the climbers of the 1996 Mt. Everest disaster vanished into thin air, one man had the courage to bring them down alive...

On May 10, 1996, two commercial expeditions headed by expert leaders attempted to scale the world's largest peak. But things went terribly wrong. Crowded conditions, bad judgement, and a bitter storm stopped many climbers in their tracks. Others were left for dead, or stranded on the frigid mountain. Anatoli Boukreev, head climbing guide for the Mountain Madness expedition, stepped into the heart of the storm and brought three of his clients down alive. Here is his amazing story-of an expedition fated for disaster, of the blind ambition that drives people to attempt such dangerous ventures, and of a modern-day hero, who risked his own life to save others..

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Weaving together first hand accounts by the head tour guide of the Mountain Madness expedition and an investigative narrative based on interviews with other expedition members and mountain climbing specialists, the authors explore the conditions that led to the May, 1996 disaster on Everest. The authors counter many of the claims that were made in Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air, written on the same subject.
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In May 1996 three expeditions attempted to climb Mount Everest on the Southeast Ridge route pioneered by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953. Crowded conditions slowed their progress. Late in the day twenty-three men and women-including expedition leaders Scott Fischer and Rob Hall-were caught in a ferocious blizzard. Disoriented and out of oxygen, climbers struggled to find their way down the mountain as darkness approached. Alone and climbing blind, Anatoli Boukreev brought climbers back from the edge of certain death. This new edition includes a transcript of the Mountain Madness expedition debriefing recorded five days after the tragedy, as well as G. Weston DeWalt's response to Into Thin Air author Jon Krakauer.

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Anatoli Boukreev was one of the world's foremost high-altitude mountaineers. Twenty-one times he went to the summit of the world's highest mountains. For his heroic actions on Mount Everest in May 1996, he was awarded the American Alpine Club's highest honor, the David A. Sowles Memorial Award. He died in an avalanche while climbing in Nepal on December 25,1997.

G. Weston Dewalt is a writer and a documentary filmmaker whose work has been aired on PBS. He divides his time between Santa Fe, New Mexico, and London.

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MattM, September 2, 2014 (view all comments by MattM)
Whilst many people know Jon Krakauer’s ‘Into Thin Air’, sadly a lot are not aware of the ten or so other books documenting the disastrous 1996 Everest season. ‘The Climb’ is the book the Anatoli Boukreev had to write in response to the harsh portrayal in ‘Into Thin Air’. ‘The Climb’ is a carefully written account of the season from Anatoli’s point of view and gives some counter balance to Jon Krakauer’s version of the events. A lot of people involved now look back on the fateful date and remember Anatoli as one of the true heroes of the day. For anyone who has read ‘Into Thin Air’ this is a must read to get a better understanding of what happened.
Other worthwhile books on this topic are:
Climbing High - " Lene Gammelgard
Mountain Madness - Robert Birkby
Touching My Father’s Soul - Jamling Tenzing Norgay
Doctor on Everest - Dr. Kenneth Kamler
Sheer Will - " Michael Groom
High Exposure - " David Breshears
The Death Zone - " Matt Dickinson
Left For Dead - " Beck Weathers
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312168148
Subtitle:
Tragic Ambitions on Everest
Author:
Anatoli Boukreev and G. Weston DeWalt
Author:
Boukreev, Anatoli
Author:
Dewalt, G. Weston
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Sports
Subject:
Mountaineering
Subject:
Search and rescue operations
Subject:
Everest, mount (china and nepal)
Subject:
Mountaineering accidents
Subject:
Mountaineering -- Search and rescue operations -- Everest, Mount (China and Nepal)
Subject:
Mountains
Subject:
Adventurers & Explorers
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
194
Publication Date:
19990716
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes one 16-page color photograph in
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.23 x 1.16 in

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In May 1996 three expeditions attempted to climb Mount Everest on the Southeast Ridge route pioneered by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953. Crowded conditions slowed their progress. Late in the day twenty-three men and women-including expedition leaders Scott Fischer and Rob Hall-were caught in a ferocious blizzard. Disoriented and out of oxygen, climbers struggled to find their way down the mountain as darkness approached. Alone and climbing blind, Anatoli Boukreev brought climbers back from the edge of certain death. This new edition includes a transcript of the Mountain Madness expedition debriefing recorded five days after the tragedy, as well as G. Weston DeWalt's response to Into Thin Air author Jon Krakauer.

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