This is the story of one of the survivors of the May 1996 Mt. Everest tragedy brought prominently into the public limelight by Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air. The author is a pathologist who was a member of Rob Hall’s commercial expedition. On May 10, nine climbers perished when a blizzard hit high on the mountain. Weathers was left for dead at 26,000 feet in subzero temperatures. Somehow, he emerged from a hypothermic coma after 18 hours and miraculously made his way down the mountain to camp. Weathers survived but lost both hands and his nose.
Equally as interesting as the harrowing experience on the mountain is the narrative of how climbing brought Weathers to the precipice of losing his wife and family. Much of this part of the story is told in commentary by his wife, their kids and friends. But in fact, Weathers salvaged his relationship with his family while working through the agony of recovering from his disfiguring injuries. This is a story of survival on many levels.
Product DetailsPrice: $24.95
Hardback: 293 pages
Author: Beck Weathers with Stephen J. Michaud
Publisher: Villard Books
Year of Publication: 2000