The Climb

The Climb

Tragic Ambitions on Everest

Book - 1997
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In May 1996, two commercial expedition groups attempted to ascend Mount Everest. Each group contained world class climbers and relative novices, some of whom had paid tens of thousands of pounds for the climb. But as the climbers neared the summit, they were overtaken by intense snow and wind, and found their crucial oxygen supplies depleted. Five of them died, including the expeditions' two charismatic leaders.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c1997
ISBN: 9780312168148
Branch Call Number: 796.522/BOU
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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