The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest

The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest

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By (author) Anatoli Boukreev, By (author) G.Weston Dewalt

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  • Publisher: Pan Books
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 194mm x 24mm | 299g
  • Publication date: 6 September 2002
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0330488961
  • ISBN 13: 9780330488969
  • Illustrations note: 12 colour photographs, 3 maps
  • Sales rank: 26,117

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In May 1996 a number of expeditions attempted to climb Mount Everest on the Southeast Ridge route. Crowded conditions slowed their progress and late in the day 23 men and women, including the expedition leaders, were caught in a ferocious blizzard. Disorientated and out of oxygen, climbers struggled to find their way to safety. Alone and climbing blind, Anatoli Boukreev rescued a number of climbers from certain death. This honest and gripping account includes the transcript of the Mountain Madness debriefing, recorded five days after the tragedy, as well as G. Weston de Walt's response to Jon Krakauer. 'Powerful ...a breath of brisk, sometimes bitter clarity ...Boukreev did the one thing that denies the void. He took action. He chose danger, and he saved lives.' New York Times Book Review 'The best book I've read this year ...The Climb has a story that will grip and haunt you.' Alex Garland, author of The Beach and The Tesseract

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Anatoli Boukreev was one of the world's foremost high-altitude mountaineers. For his heroic actions in May 1996, he was awarded the American Alpine Club's highest honour, the David A. Sowles Memorial Award. He died in an avalanche whilst climbing in Nepal in 1997. G. Weston Dewalt is a writer and documentary filmmaker.

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'Powerful...a breath of brisk, sometimes bitter clarity...Boukreev did the one thing that denies the void. He took action. He chose danger, and he saved lives.' New York Times Book Review; 'The best book l've read this year... The Climb has a story that will grip and haunt you.' Alex Garland, author of The Beach and The Tesseract

Editorial reviews

Reaching the peak of Mount Everest used to be an achievement reserved for a select few, who would be hailed as heroes on their return. In recent years increasing numbers are visiting the mountain, with adventure companies and guided tours promising almost anyone with the money and the desire the chance to attempt the climb. This proliferation of visitors has damaged the region, and those who make the climb will find themselves far from alone in the wilderness. In 1996 this sorry state of affairs brought about disaster. On May 10, as four groups of climbers set out on a final assault on Everest's summit, they were caught in a sudden, furious blizzard. Scattered and running out of oxygen, nine people died, including two of the climbing world's most respected guides, Rob Hall and Scott Fisher. In the aftermath of the tragedy conflicting accounts criss-crossed the globe in a media frenzy. Later that year the publication of Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air added to the controversy. Krakauer, a writer who was fortunate to survive the climb, told how a combination of foolhardiness, greed and downright stupidity led to the deaths on the mountain. According to Krakauer, the chief villain of the piece was Russian climber and guide Anatoli Boukreev. This book gives Boukreev's side of the story. Drawing on extensive interviews with Boukreev and others and on the transcript of the Mountain Madness debriefing given five days after the tragedy, G Weston DeWalt challenges Krakauer's version of events. Here Boukreev is not a reckless adventurer, but a hero mounting a desperate rescue mission and single-handedly saving the lives of several climbers. DeWalt offers a spirited defence of Boukreev and provides enough new angles on events to suggest that the Russian has perhaps been unfairly maligned. However, at times The Climb reads rather too much like cut-and-paste reportage. It's certainly worth reading as an interesting counter to Into Thin Air but without that book's personal conviction and drive it's not nearly as good. (Kirkus UK)