The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest
(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."
Mass Market Paperback: 297 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; New Ed edition (July 15, 1998)
Author: Anatoli Boukreev and G. Weston DeWalt