The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest [Anatoli Boukreev, G Weston Dewalt, Lloyd James] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This is the. The Climb: tragic ambitions on Everest by Anatoli Boukreev and G. Weston DeWalt. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, ISBN A mountaineer’s account of the fatal Everest climb which killed eight people .

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Most books boukrev climbing focus on the technical difficulties of climbing, the motivation, the mental state. As you read this book you get to know Anatoli’s character more and you come to understand him a lot better.

Scott Fischer did not give good leadership to either his clients or his guides. Weston de Walt’s response to Jon Krakauer. Boukreev did the one thing that denies the void.

The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest

There were many heroic actions that night, with Boukreev’s continued sorties from Camp Tye to bring back climbers not the least of them. But Boukreev and DeWalt, a boukerev journalist, also offer a look at the mundane tasks associated with climbing, such as obtaining the necessary permits and cliimb, and taking the reader through the complex preparations required to scale the ghe, including the establishment of various camps and the acclimatization process required for climbers to adjust to higher altitudes”.

I didn’t know that the altitude was bad on eyes that had the radial keratotomy procedure done boukrerv in the day. I found the account fascinating. See 1 question about The Climb…. Jan 03, Ob-jonny rated it really liked it. Fischer himself was not in peak form for the climb, he was exhausted, a fact that he covered up as much as he could. Boukreev, however, has my deepest respect. There were contributing factors of inexperienced clients, weather, etc but I believe everyone would have lived if they had stuck with even a 2 pm turn-around time.

Maybe not quite as well written, the book bokreev still essential reading for anyone who wants a better understanding of the disaster. Krakauer’s relentless attempts at discrediting Anatoli’s character really baffles me. At the time it seemed like a win-win situation for both of them – Boukreev climbed and got paid for doing so, and Fischer could advertise his climb as having a head guide who was a true veteran of metre peaks.


Which book is better? I also felt that Boukreev’s account is more defensive which maybe it ought to be in response to Krakauer’s.

What respect I had for Krakauer limited because he was very unpleasant about one of the women who had climbed with him after sucking up boukredv her enough to chat to her on the phone for hours has plummeted, Boukreev was a hero saving 3 people from certain death, and everything he says is corroborated by fact and sometimes by photograph.

Since many people reviewing this book are using the space to argue Boukreevs skill and character, incorrectly assuming that this validates his account, I wanted to address some of those ideas. I consider this a must-read for those who enjoy non-fiction adventure accounts. DeWalt took the high road and so did Boukreev. I look for validity in non-fiction.

Weston DeWalt No preview available – Refresh and try again. The logisitcs of the expedition were also far from optimal – they only had barely enough oxygen for all the people on the mountain, and the plan to fix lines to the summit was never acted upon. On May 10,a winter boukrdev decided to attack the world’s highest boukredv in spring. Selected pages Title Page. Contrast this with Krakauer’s Into Thin Air: I have also learned that fillings in teeth crack at this altitude.

Of course, he wasn’t there. Coordinating a rescue of the proportion has earned him some important awards.

The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest – Anatoli Boukreev, G. Weston DeWalt – Google Books

Tragic Ambitions on Everest, by Anatoli Boukreev – 4 stars. On May 10,two commercial expeditions headed by expert leaders attempted to scale the world’s largest peak.

A good layout is given of boykreev competitive nature of Everest guide tours, the tension and drive that comes with wanting to be number one combined with the desire to be successful in business. On the day of clikb summit attempt, he sent Boukreev and his other guide Neal Beidleman up the Mountain at the head of their team, while Fischer himself would sweep at the rear.

The book recounts events based on boumreev available from many other sources and adds Boukreev’s comments and insights. Trivia About The Climb: The Climb is Boukreev’s version of events – given his lack of command of English, the book is really written by DeWalt, with liberal dosings of Boukreev’s quotes framing the story – and in many ways, gives a more complete picture of the tragedy than does Krakauer’s work.


Mother Nature is unforgiving of anyone who bites off more than they can chew.

Boukreev was first to summit, but even he didn’t reach the top until about 1. I didn’t rate this high because its a great piece of literature — its not, the writing is chopppy and bland, but that’s ok, the story jumps out beyond the reporter style writing.

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A Personal Account of the Mt. To some degree I felt like this book was just a medium for Boukreev to defend his actions to Jon Krakauer Into Thin Air who did mention some things he felt were odd about some of Boukreev’s actions.

The fact that he went down climbb allowed him to be the only person in good enough condition to rescue the 3 people that he did off the South Tye. I liked this book because it told the story from the guides point of view.

Late in the day twenty-three men and women-including expedition leaders Scott Fischer and Rob Hall-were caught in a ferocious boukredv. In the generally accepted boukerev was that the latest time for summiting was 2pm. As a guide he has more to tell about the preparations of the trip and it is a matter of taste whether you prefer it to Krakauer’s “human interest” approach. Are they sending out mating signals? Anatoli Boukreev is a professional climber and guide who was in the thick of it and while he is very informative and insightful, the book is slow going and difficult to get into.

Mass Market Paperbackpages. Lists with This Book. This new edition includes a transcript of the Mountain Madness expedition debriefing recorded five days after the tragedy, as well as G.

About this Neal disagreed, saying that we had enough Sherpas to do this job.