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The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest by…

The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest

by Anatoli Boukreev, G. Weston DeWalt

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When I first read Krakauer's book I found it an interesting story; but the author himself came across as a jerk, constantly praising himself for his abilities to out-perform the more experienced members of his team. It wasn't until later that I heard of the controversy over his portrait of Boukreev. So I read "The Climb." Krakauer speaks of things he was in no position to know, and when his errors were pointed out to him, he stubbornly refuses to correct his mistakes. Clearly Scott Fischer was out of his league in trying to organize an expedition. Not only was he absent from camp at times Boukreev needed to consult with him but he was plagued with illness he wouldn't own up to. Essentially Krakauer accuses Boukreev of not doing things he wasn't hired to do in the first place. But what the heck. Everyone else is dead and Krakauer isn't; plus he's backed by a big publisher, so it's unlikely things will ever be corrected. Boukreev comes across as a disciplined, kind, and caring man. While Krakauer slept in his tent, Boukreev heroically risked his life saving others. ( )
1 vote jameshold | Jul 22, 2017 |
4.25 stars.

This is an account of the climb up Mount Everest in 1996 that resulted in tragedy when a storm came up during the descent from the summit. Anatoli Boukreev was a guide with Scott Fischer’s group, and in Jon Krakauer’s book, Into Thin Air, he was not portrayed favourably.

Boukreev’s account of what happened gives an explanation for his actions on the mountain, so it helps fill in some blanks. It is definitely a worthwhile read to see another side of what happened and to balance out Krakauer’s book. I wish I had read it closer to the time I read Into Thin Air, so I could compare it a bit more, but I think for anyone who has read Into Thin Air, The Climb is another that should be read in order to learn more. I’m not sure it is quite as compelling as Into Thin Air, but still a very good account, from another perspective. Or a good place to start, even for those who haven’t read Into Thin Air. ( )
  LibraryCin | Jan 11, 2017 |
This is Anatoli Boukreev’s first-hand account of the worst human disaster in the history of Mt. Everest taking place in 1996. This book was written in 1999 and is as spell-binding as ever. It is the same disaster written about in, ‘Into This Air,’ by Jon Krakauer, but from the perspective of Boukreev and the Mountain Madness team. ( )
1 vote St.CroixSue | Mar 28, 2016 |
This is a sober, serious book, painstakingly honest. I believe that the vast majority of people familiar with the climbing world would consider this book a more realistic and valuable commentary than Krakauer’s. Into Thin Air is a fine read, but is unfortunately tainted by wildly irrational and petty attacks on Boukreev, the great hero of that fiasco.

Anyone who liked Into Thin Air would almost certainly like this book. Please remember that it was written simply to present the truth, by a real climber who repeatedly flogged himself through superhuman efforts to save others. And he did it in unimaginably horrendous conditions. ( )
1 vote WarrenRoss | Feb 25, 2016 |
This book should be read with Into Thin Air. Then the reader should go watch the National Geograhic Imax film. ( )
  jerry-book | Jan 26, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0312965338, Mass Market Paperback)

The Climb is Russian mountaineer Anatoli Boukreev's account of the harrowing May 1996 Mount Everest attempt, a tragedy that resulted in the deaths of eight people. The book is also Boukreev's rebuttal to accusations from fellow climber and author Jon Krakauer, who, in his bestselling memoir, Into Thin Air, suggests that Boukreev forfeited the safety of his clients to achieve his own climbing goals. Investigative writer and Climb coauthor G. Weston DeWalt uses taped statements from the surviving climbers and translated interviews from Boukreev to piece together the events and prove to the reader that Boukreev's role was heroic, not opportunistic. Boukreev refers to the actions of expedition leader Scott Fischer throughout the ascent, implying that factors other than the fierce snowstorm may have caused this disaster. This new account sparks debate among both mountaineers and those who have followed the story through the media and Krakauer's book. Readers can decide for themselves whether Boukreev presents a laudable defense or merely assuages his own bruised ego.

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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 womenincluding 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."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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