©1997 by Anatoli Boukreev and G. Weston DeWalt; (P)1998 by Blackstone Audiobooks
This is one of the most gripping stories i have heard or read.
I first read the book Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer of how this tragedy happeded, once finished i felt that the russian climber Anatoli Bourkreev seemed to not have done is job properly and was possibly to blame for a number of the eight deaths that happened that day. The worst day in Everest history. so when i found that The Climb had been written I had to know more. I am glad that i did, I belive that the climb gives a much more balanced account of what happed. Anatoli Bourkreev was an incredbly brave and strong man. There are a number of witness reports in the story to prove this, whilst Krakauers book is based on assumptions and his thoughts of what happened, Bourkreev had even helped him durring those terrible few hours He seems to have a real axe to grind. Why not listen to both and see what you think.
Gripping and suspenseful, the story of the tragic 1996 Everest disaster that cost many people their lives as told from the point of view of one of the guides from the Mountain Madness team who survived. To note that Anatoli Boukreev is one of the best high altitude climbers of his day and his story provides an expert's insight into what happened and also commentary on the risky sport of climbing the world's tallest peaks. This story is told in part as an answer to John Krakauer's version of the event in Into Thin Air, it fills in details that Krakauer failed to or didn't wish to present in his book. It also goes beyond the just telling of the fateful Everest disaster but also tells of Anatoli's return trek to the mountain afterward. It is a fascinating listen!
A great book demonstrating the best of humanity and possibly the worst of humanity. The instinct for personal survival against the instinct to help others survive...or overriding commitment to the people you are responsible for. Definitely worth reading.
I have read both "The Climb" and "Into Thin Air". To really appreciate the disaster and heroics of 1996 on Mt. Everest you must read both books.
"Good but a little stale"
This book does a great job presenting the facts, but it's more of detailed listing of actions rather then an description of the experience. It depends on what you're looking for. If you want the black and white facts this book is for you. If you're looking for an adventure novel you'll be disappointed.
The only thing I didn't like about the narration was that the person would say the person's name before quoting them. This was done quite often. Although it makes it obviously clear who is being quoted, it was done way too much in the book. I found myself saying Anatoli throughout the book and it would get stuck in my head like a bad song throughout the day.
This book is very, very good. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys the adventure survival type books. I would've given this book five stars if the narration style was changed. I will listen to it again, regardless.
This is a riveting, heartrending account of the Everst disaster. It discusses the many factors that led to the final outcome on the mountain for the ill-fated expeditions, and does so from the pespective of one of those involved. Moreover, Boukreev was at the time one of the best mountaineers in the world - so good that he had repeatedly summited Everest without supplemental oxygen. He understood the mountain and the conditions, as well as his own strengths and limitations, and his account is informed by his intimate understanding of the rigors and challenges of extreme high-altitude mountaineering.
This account is, in my opinion, far superior to Krakauer's ("Into This Air"), which comes off as being self-serving and a bit whiny. Even before I read "The Climb", I was dissatisfied with Krakauer's account; there was something in it that rang false to me (this was part of the reason I sought out another account). He seems to have had a vendetta about Boukreev, but it should be noted that Boukreev repeatedly risked his own life to go out and search for descending mountaineers in trouble, and Krakauer did not. Krakauer contended that he was just too exhausted and that he might end up as someone else in need of rescue, instead of being of assistance. This is a valid point, and I take no issue with that. However, the fact that Boukreev a) was NOT too exhausted to try, and b) had the courage and selflessness to do so, renders Krakauer's complaints and apersions (if not outright attacks) against Boukreev all the more craven.
Very much worth the listen.
"Not the best of the stories"
I had read "into Thin Air" and wanted to know more about the climb described in that book. Simply, this book is not as interesting. Not horrible, but just not the best of the choices
"Over the Top"
Sorry, but the author's fascination with detail became annoying to me after a couple of hours. I learned more about facts than I did about feelings, and if you're after that then this is the book for you. Not my thing.
"Facts instead of fiction"
I wouldn't know, as i have only listened to this book.
Anatoli is a very interesting person, and undoubtedly the protagonist of an unheard of rescue above 8000 meters.
No i haven't.
In the highest mountain in the world, even the smallest of mistakes can cost lives.
If you are a serious mountaineer, or just want a facts over fiction account of what happened on Everest in 1996, then this is a must read (listen).
"Great follow up to into thin air"
Easy to follow, though at times I found myself becoming easily distracted and not following the book. I think this is because of the audible style, I would have had an easier time if it was written. I am fascinated by Everest stories and read Into Thin Air and felt compelled to read this book
Scott Fischer, Rob hall, Great mountaineers
Following their route up everest, I could just imagine what it would be like to climb everest
I felt fascinated by this book, somewhat sad at the end due to the loss of life
"Detail and Fascinating account of 1996 Everest"
Climb is astonishing book as i listen to it im backing somethimes to get name or same tinny detail correct and memorized it.
Climb power is in very detailed story of preparing step by step calculating equipment judging power of individual climbers . Called here simply clients but dont fall for that each of those clients is by over city standard power house of adventures spirt and astonishing achievement. If you want answer why this is sometimes not enough you must have this book. Stories like Into Thin Air by Joe Krakauer High Exposure by Dave Broachers or Ed Viestrus have more personal emotions and by any standards are great but Climb is completion of the events with surgical precision .
Must to read must to have if you dont like those kind of books dont bother it will not convince you that you should because it is technical and brutal honest
2 pm turn around time observed from outside telescope by other expeditions Viestrus Todd Breaschears new that befote players on the scene that something is really wrong .
No comunictation or weak at points make this event hard for observers theirs long time friends are heading for disaster and they cant reach them quick enough to be of any help. It is heart breaking!!
Well This was attempt by Anatolii Bukrieiew to redeem himself.
And automatically he is main lead here.
i dont think he needed this defense he was the bravest the best preforming climber on Everest that day and proof to be hero going out time after time alone to save his friends
Yes it was it was summary of all books i had about this tragedy
Must read if you like mountains dont bother if you dont brilliant account and it is power in details and logistic behind Himalaya expeditions i would never knew
Was this careful planing enough?
Let Everest be the Judge!
"Better than Into Thin Air"
This book provides an alternative look into the tragedy on Mount Everest. The author, an experienced mountaineer and guide who was accustomed to climbing without oxygen, was perhaps in shape of all to tell the story of that ill fated day. Apart from the story of the tragedy and heroism of the author, the reader can gain some appreciation for the enormous challenges of high altitude climbing.
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