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Climb #1: The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest


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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..


On May 9, 1996, 30 climbers began their ascent of Mount Everest. Twenty-five came back alive--barely. Anatoli Boukreev is the one man who knows the whole story. Here he presents an exhilarating account of mountaineering and a sobering, cautionary tale of hubris in the face of unforgiving nature.

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Anatoli Boukreev was one of the world's foremost high-altitude mountaineers, arguably the finest of his generation. He had summited eleven of the world's 8,000 meter peaks without the use of supplementary oxygen, some of them, including Mount Everest, multiple times. In all, he attempted twenty-one times he was successful. Born in Russia where he received the Master of Sports with Honors, Boukreev had made his home in Kazakhstan where in 1998 the President of that Republic awarded him posthumously the "Erligi Ushin" Medal for his contributions to high-altitude mountaineering and for his personal courage.

G. Weston Dewalt is a writer and investigative filmmaker who specializes in human rights issues, the confluence of humankind and the environment, and biography. His film Genbaku shi: Killed by the Atomic Bomb compelled the U.S. Department of Defense to acknowledge that American POWs had been killed during the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. 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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Tragic Ambitions on Everest
Dewalt, G. Weston
Boukreev, Anatoli
Dewalt, G. Weston
Dewalt, G. Weston
St. Martin's Paperbacks
New York, N.Y.
Everest, mount (china and nepal)
Mountaineering accidents
Sports - General
Adventurers & Explorers
Search and rescue operations
Mountain Madness (Firm)
Biography - General
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"Synopsis" by , On May 9, 1996, 30 climbers began their ascent of Mount Everest. Twenty-five came back alive--barely. Anatoli Boukreev is the one man who knows the whole story. Here he presents an exhilarating account of mountaineering and a sobering, cautionary tale of hubris in the face of unforgiving nature.
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