©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.
Very factual, but grippingly told account of the 1996 Everest Disaster from the perspective of Anatoli Boukreev
Boukreev's account of the 1996 Everest Disaster start's long before Everest itself ever comes into view and gives some fascinating insights into commercial mountaineering and the organisation that goes into expeditions such as that to Everest. Boukreev's book doesn't dwell on the history of the mountain but gives a full account of events from his perspective without trying to second-guess the actions of others. Intelligently and emotionally told, one gets a sense of the perfect storm of circumstances that led to the disaster and differing ways in which people responded. Only disappointment was that there was no afterword from friends or family following Boukreev's untimely death, leaving his story feeling like it lacked a final chapter.
Anatoli gets to put his version of events into print as a rebuttal of Into Thin Air. Between all the versions that have come out about the 1996 tragedy we are getting closer to what actually happened.
Absolutely amazing story very well read by the narrator. I'm very sad to hear that Anatoli Boukreev lost his life about a year after this book was written. He was a very brave and talented climber. I have listened to many books and this is in my top 5 easily. It's 1 of those books you can't stop thinking about for weeks after.
Gripping story that is told in an engaging way by an excellent reader. Could easily have been overdramatised but the simple tone works well. The content is the perfect counterpoint to Into Thin Air and my feeling is you need both to get any sense of what happened, but the lasting sense is that this is very much the story of a 'difficult man' as he himself calls it, trying to answer what he felt were unfair allegations. There is a lot of justification and references to why he wasn't on oxygen - a big criticism from John Krakauer. Really fascinating though, just leaves you with lots more questions than answers!
For anyone interested in the Everest disaster of 1996 this is an essential read giving another viewpoint of the story to Jon Krakauer's. The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle!
The section where Anatoli describes his solo rescue attempt in broken english is quite moving.
I felt Anatoli's struggle to rescue the other climbers and felt sad as he had to deal with the death of other member's of his party.
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.
"Must read to understand 1996 Everest disaster."
Following the 1996 Everest story,reading the book from John Krakauer "Into thin air" this book "The Climb" is must to read as follow up to complete the story with Anatoli witness of situation at Everest that year.With hearing the story from other side as well ,then just from John Krakauer ,who was client at other expedition, from person who was one of the main character of the Scott Fisher expedition ,from Anatoli Boukreev.This book is certainly must to read ,for anyone who is interested to know more details and information about 1996 Everest disaster . In my opinion ,following the story,Anatoli was very strong man ,physically or mentally.He was hero,who was willing to risk his life and did everything he could ,to help those other stranded climbers ,from his and other team as well ,at that big high mountain that day.
Hope he rest in peace !
"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.
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.
"If you REALLY want to know what happend, read this book!"
I've read Krakouer's book and after his I read this one on the same subject. I thought I had got it rather ok firstly but some stuff didn't sound logical to me. It did'nt add up. After reading this book I actually got it. Things made more sense. Boukareev, a true hero, shares his own words on what happend during the disaster 1996 and also describes what a sorry circus climbing mount Everest now has become. This brave man should be heared. I wish there were more genuine climbers out there with both the right intentions and true a heart, like Boukareev. May he now rest in peace!
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.
"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
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.
"Great Look at the Everest Disaster"
Having previously read Into Thin Air, I was glad for a chance to read an account by another member of one of the ill fated Everest expeditions of 1996 which resulted in the single largest loss of life on the mountain. It also provided a chance to hear the point of view of an individual whose actions were maligned in the earlier book. This book is a well-written account of the events and shine a new light on just how dangerous high altitude climbing, especially of mountains over 8000 meters, really is for those who attempt such feats. There is little aid available if there is a mishap, and even less if it is something serious. Aircraft cannot rescue people at these altitudes. Lack of oxygen, even if supplemental bottles are provided, are not enough to overcome the sheer magnitude of stress on the body. Fellow climbers cannot help much as they are operating at the edge of their endurance as well. Often recovery of the bodies is not possible without putting other lives in extreme jeopardy. If you are an armchair adventurer like me, or even if you are a skilled and experienced climber, you will find the book exciting and also very sad.
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