The Climb

The Climb

Tragic Ambitions on Everest

Book - 1999
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Everest , the major motion picture from Universal Pictures, is set for wide release on September 18, 2015. Read The Climb , Anatoli Boukreev (portrayed by Ingvar Sigurðsson in the film) and G. Weston DeWalt's compelling account of those fateful events on Everest.

In May 1996 three expeditions attempted to climb Mount Everest on the Southeast Ridge route pioneered by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953. Crowded conditions slowed their progress. Late in the day twenty-three men and women-including expedition leaders Scott Fischer and Rob Hall-were caught in a ferocious blizzard. Disoriented and out of oxygen, climbers struggled to find their way down the mountain as darkness approached. Alone and climbing blind, Anatoli Boukreev brought climbers back from the edge of certain death. This new edition includes a transcript of the Mountain Madness expedition debriefing recorded five days after the tragedy, as well as G. Weston DeWalt's response to Into Thin Air author Jon Krakauer.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 1999, c1997.
Edition: 1st St. Martin's Griffin ed. --
ISBN: 9780312206376
Branch Call Number: 796/.522/09/5496/Bou 3588mb 1
Characteristics: xvii, 372 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), maps.
Additional Contributors: DeWalt, G. Weston


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Jul 25, 2016

I thought this account of the disastrous '96 Everest expedition was well written, captivating, and suspenseful. However, I wish I had first read "Into Thin Air" by Jon Krakauer, as "The Climb" is somewhat of a rebuttal to Krakauer's account.

Jun 30, 2015

I admit to a fascination with the tragic 1996 season on Mt Everest. I loved "In Thin Air" by Krakauer, and this is another angle on the happenings from a survivor, and true hero, on the mountain that day. Until the Boukreev's death, he and Krakauer held opposing views of what went wrong and what went right in the events that led to the loss of five lives on the mountain. I think that this book gives a believable perspective, and puts you into the shoes of a lone hero, hindered by language barriers, doing his best to minimize damage in a situation under no one's control.

Oct 14, 2014

Interesting counterpoint to Krakauer's INTO THIN AIR, particularly in relation to that author's seeming unwillingness to consider the story he originally told may not be the whole truth.

Nov 13, 2012

This books should be read after Krakauer's "Into Thin Air". It narrates the same sequence of events from a different perspective and in a different style. It gives a much more balanced and objective account of the 1996 Everest disaster than Krakauer's book.

Dec 17, 2008

Interesting perspective to complement the other books about the 1996 tragedy. However the crux of Boukreev's defense to the supposed allegations Krakauer makes is somewhat glossed over. I get the feeling that it is impossible to ever explain what truly happens in an Everest expedition as the altitude alters memory and perception, also the time that passes, and in this case, it was obvious that Boukreev's language was a barrier as well. It is very sad to think of the circumstances in the tragedy for all concerned.

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