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One of Sports Illustrateds
top 100 sports books of all time In 1950, when no mountain taller than 8,000 meters had ever been climbed, Maurice Herzog led an expedition of French climbers to the summit of an 8,075-meter (26,493-foot) Himalayan peak called Annapurna. The route up Annapurna had never been charted, and Herzog and his team had to locate the mountain using crude maps, pick out a possible line of ascent, and go for the summit. Annapurna
is the unforgettable account of this heroic climb and its harrowing aftermath, including a nightmare descent while suffering from frostbite and snow blindness. Herzogs masterful narrative is one of the great mountain-adventure stories of all time.
This new edition—which commemorates the sixtieth anniversary of the Annapurna ascent on June 3, 1950—features a new foreword by Conrad Anker.
"Outdoor Classic" Winner of the 2010 National Outdoor Book Awards
The most influential mountaineering book of all time.”
National Geographic Adventure
Those who have never seen the Himalayas, those who never care to risk an assault, will know when they finish this book that they have been a companion of greatness.”
New York Times Book Review
Before Everest, there was Annapurna. Frenchman Herzog led the first summitting of an 8,000-meter peak, dictating his story because he had lost all his fingers to frostbite.”
While the ascent is thrilling enough, the harrowing descent . . . truly boggles the mind.”
Annapurna is the unforgettable account of this heroic climb and of its harrowing aftermath, including a nightmare descent of frostbite, snow blindness, and near death.
About the Author
Maurice Herzog is a legendary French mountaineer and sports administrator. In 1950 he became the first person to conquer an 8,000-meter peak, Annapurna. His accomplishment was surpassed only when Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Everest in 1953.