The real mountaineer s story behind the fatal Everest climbs of into Thin Air 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 leadersl, 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....
|Title||:||The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest|
|Publisher||:||Macmillan September 21, 2001|
|Number of Pages||:||400 pages|
|File Size||:||674 KB|
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The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest Reviews
The story of the man who risked everything to save lost climbers
Truly great read. The author interviewed Mr. Boukreev extensively and even had long sections of Anatolys own words. I liked the style, he never put words in his mouth. He clearly credited Anatoly when he "spoke". The book gives a great view of the 1996 Everest tragedy from anther viewpoint (Not John Krakaur's) and clearly gives Anatoly a chance to point out what he felt had happened.
I am currently very interested in the Everest tragedy and as part of that, I am reading as many memoirs of the event as possible. I already knew about the existing conflict between Krakauer’s (Into Thin Air) and Anatoli’s memoir but I wanted to give them both a chance to voice their opinions.
First I read Krakauer's book and I wanted to have a good opinion from a guide's point of view. At first the book was a breath of fresh air. No drama, everything from the expedition explained professionally. But after the first half of the book the whole point of it became to explain over and over the same facts already stated. As if Boukreev needed some reassurance. Dude, you were the professional there, you did whatever you thought best and that was that. Accidents happen, and whoever has been on a mountain knows mountain weather can change quickly, so don't beat yourself up, you don't need to explain.
I really liked this book. It is not necessary a story that will give you answers but it does not place blame either. It sticks to the facts and the logic and thought process of the guide. I only gave 4 stars because the very last portion of the book was a bit monotonous with the guides thought process and infighting with another writer. It also includes the transcript of the climbers after the tragedy. That only serves to be annoying because of some of the responses. At times it seemed very petty and juvenile.
I thought it was a very interesting read after reading into thin air. Boukreev actually backed up his side with inputs from other climbers that were there whereas Krakauer wrote a good story and went back to his tent to sleep Don't get me wrong, i did enjoy 'into thin air', but his commentary came from his position in the climb. Regardless of which side you want to take on the whole debacle, 'the climb' is a good read and adds a lot to the story of what happened on Everest in 1996