The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest


The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest
Manufacturer St. Martin's Paperbacks
Page By redsplashman23
Page Type Feb 13, 2007 / Feb 13, 2007
Object ID 2604
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Product Description

(From the back cover)

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 condistions, 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 expeditioin, stepped into the heart of the storm and brought down 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.

"One of the most amazing rescues in mountaineering history, performed single-handedly a few hours after climbing Everest without oxygen by a man some describe as the Tiger Woods of Himalayan climbing." --Wall Street Journal

[THE CLIMB] has a ring of authenticity that challenges the slickly written Into Thin Air...Compelling."
--Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Mass Market Paperback: 297 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; New Ed edition (July 15, 1998)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0312965338
ISBN-13: 978-0312965334
Author: Anatoli Boukreev and G. Weston DeWalt



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lisae - Feb 14, 2007 6:00 am - Voted 4/5

Worth Reading
if you are interested in the events on Everest. However, I found the writing a bit stiff, I think because it was ghost written.

Dean - Feb 15, 2007 6:35 pm - Voted 4/5

Balances Into Thin Air
I had read "Into Thin Air" and found that this book gave another view of the tragedy and I found Boukreev's version worthwhile and somewhat enlightening. If you've read "Into Thin Air", I think you'll find this one a good read as I did. It gave me much more of an insight into this man and his love for mountaineering. All too often, only one side of a story is presented and perhaps Jon Krakauer was a bit harsh in his portrayal of Anatoly Boukreev. Read this and you can make up your own mind but only read it after you've read Krakauer's book.

redsplashman23 - Feb 19, 2007 5:54 pm - Hasn't voted

Great Read
Great book to give one an idea of what climbing Everest entails.

rufus - May 5, 2007 5:25 pm - Hasn't voted

Mt. Everest...
I feel this book gives us quite a real picture on how far has the commercialization overrun the expeditions to Everest. Provides a number of lessons to all of us, it's worth reading.

Augie Medina - Nov 14, 2007 7:36 pm - Voted 4/5

Tough Russian
I had a different perspective on Krakauer's "Into Thin Air" after I read this book. Krakauer made it sound like there was only one side to the story of Boukreev's conduct as a guide on Everest in 1996. Although Boukreev did skeedadle down the mountain quickly after summiting, he surely saved lives as the only one capable of going back out after the disaster started to unfold.

Too bad about his tragic mountaineering death the very next year.

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