The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest
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... show more
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..
Publish date: 1998-07-15
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pages no: 297
Edition language: English
I read John Krakauer's Into Thin Air a couple of years ago and although the actual climbing sequences were gripping, I was really annoyed at the judgemental descriptions specifically of Anatoli Boukreev. I've put off reading this book because I expected this to be part two of a mudslinging contest. ...
I love reading about mountain climbing even though wanting to be the one-thousandth person to climb and having fixed ropes and ladders laid out by underpaid third-world sherpas hardly seems like a valid way to spend $70,000. Now Mallory's attempt is something else entirely. (I'm reading [b:Into the ...
I read this right after I read Into Thin Air, just to see the conflicting perspectives. Although the writing was better in Into Thin Air, this was an interesting book.
While the narrative style does not compare to Krakauer's account of the same events, it's interesting to get a different perspective on the 1996 Everest disaster. This book is basically a response to Krakauer's insinuations that Boukreev acted irresposibly on the mountain and gives another version ...