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After the Wind: Tragedy on Everest - One…

After the Wind: Tragedy on Everest - One Survivor's Story

by Lou Kasischke

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Well done! Another take on the 1996 Everest disaster. Very enjoyable. Author tells a good story. loved his opinions (even though they did get repetitive.) Amazing what he went through. ( )
  bermandog | Aug 13, 2017 |
This is an amazing and insightful look at the events surrounding the deadliest climb in history of Mount Everest. The author, an avid mountain climber, decided to attempt to summit Mount Everest with veteran guide Rob Hall, mainly due to Hall’s safety record and his history of aborting climbs if conditions proved to be too risky. However, Hall did not practice what he preached all of the time, as this climb proved, and Hall paid dearly for his multiple poor decisions, as he was one of the people who died that day. The author credits his love affair with his wife as the reason he turned back, despite being close to the top, and thus lived to tell his tale. I read his story in one day because it was so compelling. ( )
  Susan.Macura | Jul 25, 2016 |
I read Jon Krakauer's [b:Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster|1898|Into Thin Air A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster|Jon Krakauer|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1446286672s/1898.jpg|1816662] with great avidity when it came out in 1998. In an interview, he described how he'd always found some joy and pleasure even in the hardest climbs—the view, the sense of accomplishment, the companionship—but that the Everest climb was only suffering.

Kasischke's book is another take on the climb. He was part of Rob Hall's group, in which Krakauer had been imbedded in order to write an article for Outside magazine. Kasischke doesn't blame Krakauer for what happened to Hall and his team. He does speculate how having a journalist along could have influenced Hall and his competitor/friend Fischer, who was leading another group at the same time, to make rash decisions for the sake of publicity. It was so important that the two teams reach the summit for the sake of the publicity they'd get that they forgot the highest priority: the safety of the team.

It's not revealing any spoilers to say Kasischke made it back—obviously, he wrote the book. I can say that when he writes of the moment of silence "after the wind," when he hears the "still, small voice" within (a reference to the biblical Elijah in the wilderness) and decides to turn back, a decision that saved his life, it moved me to tears.

Kasischke has written a great, harrowing, adventure story. On top of that, the physical book is beautiful. E-books will never replace the feeling of the book in my hand and this paperback has a great cover, haunting illustrations and roughly deckled pages. A pleasure to hold.

I swallowed it in one gulp, and I'd reread it. Inspiring and gripping. ( )
  seschanfield | Mar 7, 2016 |
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Overview: Near the top of Mount Everest, on 10 May 1996, eight climbers died. It was the worst tragedy in the mountain's history. Lou Kasischke was there. Now he tells the harrowing story of what went wrong, as it has never been told before - including why the climbers were desperately late and out of time. His personal story, captured in the title AFTER THE WIND, tells about the intense moments near the top. These moments also revealed the love story that saved his life.… (more)

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