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The Climb is a true, gripping, and thought-provoking account of the worst disaster in the history of Mt. Everest: On May 10, 1996, two commercial expeditions headed by experienced leaders attempted to climb the highest mountain in the world, but things went terribly wrong. Crowded conditions on the mountain, miscommunications, unexplainable delays, poor leadership, bad decisions, and a blinding storm conspired to kill. Twenty-three men and women, disoriented and out of oxygen, struggled to find their way down the southern side of the mountain. In the dark, battered by snow driven by hurricane-force winds, some of the climbers became hopelessly lost and resigned themselves to death. Anatoli Boukreev, the head climbing guide for the West Seattle-based Mountain Madness expedition, refused to give up hope. Solo, climbing blind in the maw of a storm that continually threatened his life, Boukreev brought climbers back from the edge of certain death.
©1997 by Anatoli Boukreev and G. Weston DeWalt (P)1998 by Blackstone Audiobooks

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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.

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Outstanding

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.

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  • 06-12-15

A real insight into the lead up of a tragic disast

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Very factual, but grippingly told account of the 1996 Everest Disaster from the perspective of Anatoli Boukreev

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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.

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A fascinating Insight

I have a lot of time for the late Anatloi Boukreev, and was fascinated by the insight that this Boukreev-DeWalt partnership gave to the infamous 1996 Everest incident. Jon Krakauer's knee-jerk warts-and-all ego-massage has never rested well with the mountaineering community, but is so well written that it became an instant classic that has dominated public perception of the incident.

Bias drips from Krakauer's tome. Alternative accounts have always been vital, and perhaps no more so than in this case.

This book lacks literary verve. But, stripped from linguistic junk, it's an honest and fascinating insight that allows an important voice to emerge. The Climb is not well written. It's not particularly well read. But it is a must-read.

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Must read!!

Excellent telling of the 96 disaster. Boukreev = an unsung hero. Get this and not “Into Thin Air”!!

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a great read

Great book but the long pauses were a little annoying. I would still recommended though.

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The story from the Scott Fischer expedition angle

If you're interested in the 1996 Everest disaster, as it's known, you'd do well to check out Boukreev's version, not just Krakauer's account. I actually have not read that one yet but I have it lined up. I wish I could find the other versions survivors of the tragedy have published (I mean on audible), not because I enjoy finger pointing but to get a broader feel about the people who are or were part of this phase of modern mountaineering.

Whatever you believe the reasons were behind this event, it's always good to hear several sides. This rendition of Boukreev's opinion gives you a clear, straightforward timeline of the events as he experienced them, as well as a brief description of the Indonesian expedition to the summit he lead in 1997, in which he clearly wanted to improve upon the client selection, organisation and communication problems he encountered with the Fischer led expedition.

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Good response to Jon Krakaue 1996 Everest Tragedy

Fascinating Insight into the tragic 1986 Everest season, told by Anatoli Boukreev. May he rest in peace.

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Fantastic account of events and of the Man

I’ve read in to thin air which I thought was ok but this for me is a way better book.

Much more balanced view which I am sure comes from the fact that there was no real agenda to produce a sensationalised version of events for an article or to try and write a best seller.

Just a humble account of what actually happened from the point of view of the only persons lucid enough at the time to be able to accurately recount the events.

Highly recommended.

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Best mountaineerinig book.

Best mountaineerinig book I've read so far. Better than into the thin air and probably a little more factual too.

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  • Sona Vavrouskova
  • 16-03-15

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 !

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  • Florence
  • 15-04-18

So Interesting, I listened twice.

I am; I admit; one of those armchair climbers. With neither the ability nor the means to ever climb anything more than a hill, I have been long fascinated by climbers, what motivates them? What leads to success? Why do they do it? After reading many books on Everest, I had been lead to wondering even "should we?"
I had read Into Thin Air more than once, and wanted another view of the story. Anatoli Boukreev, deeply respected climber takes us there in this fascintaing other view of the fateful climb of 1996.
This book is a must read if you've read Into Thin Air. This is a wonderfully written, wonderfully read account. I was so intrigued that I listened twice, to better understand the quietly stated things. Boukreev rarely points fingers, but he does defend the actions of some, including himself, who have been criticised. He does it by explaining conditions, "mountain thinking" and sometimes by shining a light into dark corners.
I concluded by thinking what a wonderful man Anatoli Boukreev must have been. And he even brought me around to an understanding of the oxygen /no oxygen debate.
The narration was great. Narrated well (a couple of slight mistakes ...but I blame the editing for those, they were mis speaks ) . The narrator gets out of the way, and allows the story to open up. One of the best buys in a long while.

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  • David Floyd
  • 22-06-07

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.

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  • Bob Ellis
  • 26-01-04

Counterpoint to

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.

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  • Alex
  • 08-03-18

Well written stort of strong ang humble man.

Loved it! Finished it in a day. Breathtaking adventure story of an outstanding montclimber. Sadly Into thin air is way more popular.

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  • M. Arnelöf
  • 08-06-15

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!

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  • Rita Star
  • 30-06-21

Go ahead and listen to it!

I also read Into Thin Air by John Krakauer. This is a great companion to that book, as others have said. Enjoyable listen.

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  • Alan Ludwig
  • 16-03-18

great counterpoint to into thin air.

I recommend reading this book along with the book Into Thin Air. They are both good reads. John Krakhauers book is perhaps better written, or at least better edited. But you only appreciate how much each book reflects the biases and viewpoints of the author when you read the two different accounts of the same tragic events. After reading into thin air you think you know what happened. you think you have made some sense. And then you read the climb and things aren't so black and white.

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  • Michael
  • 03-09-07

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

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  • Biffski
  • 06-08-21

Engaging true story. I highly recommend.

Highly recommend, whether a climber or not. Gives an insight to a tragedy that could occur at almost any time on a challenging peak.

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