Everest

Everest

Alone at the Summit

Book - 2000
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Every day, the path up the South Col route to the summit of Everest becomes a little more worn by the tread of dozens of package-tour climbers, but few dare to try the East, or Kangshung, Face, a sheer, avalanche-swept wall of snow and ice only first conquered in 1983. Five years later, Stephen Venables intensified the challenge by leading three unknown American climbers up the East Face - this time without oxygen. The question to most climbing experts wasn't whether they would summit, but whether they would live. They nearly didn't Everest: Alone at the Summit is Venables' rousing account of one of the greatest feats of twentieth century mountaineering, a triumph over doubt, the elements and the limits of human endurance that has never been repeated. "Climbers or not, all will be interested in this mountaineering thriller of a tiny band pulling off an incredible victory-an account so stirring it will be put down only to obtain a moment's breather." - American Alpine Journal
Publisher: New York : Thunder's Mouth Press, c2000.
ISBN: 9781560252894
1560252898
Characteristics: xxiii, 262 p. :,ill., map ;,23 cm.

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Madreley
Dec 15, 2015

The first 1/4 to 1/3 of the book starts a little slow, however when the climb actually begins the book really becomes interesting as the climbers work to establish a route to the top, and then the dramatic life and death struggle as they attempt to get back down to base camp after trying for the summit.

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