The Climb Tragic Ambitions on Everest

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-07-16
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

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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.

Author Biography

Anatoli Boukreev was one of the world's foremost high-altitude mountaineers. Twenty-one times he went to the summit of the world's highest mountains. For his heroic actions on Mount Everest in May 1996, he was awarded the American Alpine Club's highest honor, the David A. Sowles Memorial Award. He died in an avalanche while climbing in Nepal on December 25,1997.

G. Weston Dewalt is a writer and a documentary filmmaker whose work has been aired on PBS. He divides his time between Santa Fe, New Mexico, and London.

Table of Contents

Mountain Madnessp. 1
The Everest Invitationp. 13
Doing the Dealsp. 25
The Clientsp. 36
The Trail to Everestp. 42
Doing the Detailsp. 50
Base Campp. 58
Khumbu to Camp IIp. 64
Camp IIp. 77
The First Delaysp. 86
Toward the Pushp. 98
The Countdownp. 109
Into the Death Zonep. 121
To the South Summitp. 133
The Last Hundredp. 143
Decision and Descentp. 151
Snowblindp. 160
Walk or Crawlp. 170
The Rescue Transcriptp. 182
The Last Attemptp. 199
Mountain Media Madnessp. 206
Afterwordp. 225
Epilogue: The Return to Everestp. 230
Postscriptp. 251
In Memoryp. 255
Everest Update: A Response to Jon Krakauerp. 261
A Review from the American Alpine Journalp. 299
Mountain Madness Everest Debriefing: A Transcriptp. 304
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