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Not until after the expeditions were off the mountains did the conflict actually get room in the book.

The Climb by Anatoli Boukreev

May 17, Lisa added it Shelves: And yet ironically they are guided the whole way like old ladies on a seniors bus tour, most of them not fit to make their own decisions should peril strike them. When the stragglers did not show up at base camp, Boukreev describes how he went back out into the white out and saved several people, while Krakauer simply went to sleep in his A fascinating account of what happened on Mount Everest in May of It seems that at no stage did he sit down with Boukreev or his other guides and go into any real detail on how they would tackle the peak – and he ignored Boukreev’s advice on acclimatization to altitude for the clients.

If the Everest disaster is the most famous mountaineering tragedy in history behind the death of Mallory and Irvine, it is so probably due to the efforts of one man – Jon Krakauer, with his article and book about the tragedy, Into thin air. Boukreev, however, doesn’t get that asterisk next to his error: Krakauer was obviously wrong about Boukreev’s inadequate gear. Jan 19, Rebecca rated it really liked it Shelves: List of Mount Everest records Times to the summit 20th-century summiters.

What an amazing guy.

In the generally accepted idea was that the latest time for summiting was 2pm. The idea was, apparently, that anyone Fischer passed on his sweep would be turned around and sent back down, as if he passed them it meant it would take them too long to keep going and get back safely before their oxygen ran out.


When I first read Krakauer’s book I found it an interesting story; but the author himself came across as a jerk, constantly praising himself for his abilities to out-perform the more experienced What’s with this crappy search engine? Are they sending out mating signals?

I never knew that. Krakauer details the disagreements, and his rapprochement with Boukreev, in the postscript to the edition of Into Thin Air. With all the controversy that has surrounded the Everest season, a few things are made clear by Boukreev’s book.

The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest

It seems that at no stage did he sit down with Boukreev or his other guides and go into any real detail on how they would tackle the peak – and he ignored Boukreev’s advice on acclimatization to altitude for the clients.

From the armchair point-of-view, the whole Mountain Madness setup seems to have been a disaster waiting to happen. This is another personal account of the disasterous season on Everest which John Krakauer wrote about in “Into Thin Air”.

Much of that comes from the co-author DeWitt who tells Boukareev’s story. Aug 15, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: However, I respect Boukreev as a client but don’t feel he made the best guide. The other massive oversight was that neither Boukreev or Beidleman had radios, so Fischer could not communicate blukreev them at all.

Boukreev was worried about the fitness of the clients from the start, and having never guided before, was unsure of what was actually required of him, something that Fischer ghe seemed to explain. The fact that he went down early allowed him to be the only person in good enough condition to rescue the 3 people that he did off the South Col. Both Scott Fischer and Anatoli Boukreev were mountain junkies – their whole life was predicated around climbing the great peaks of the World, and trying to finance their next adventure.

Fischer himself was not in peak form for the climb, he was exhausted, a fact that he covered up as much as he could. I never give boykreev stars to a book. See more book details 14 June Disorientated, out boukreef oxygen and depleted of supplied, the climbers struggled to find their way to safety.

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Scott Fischer did not give good leadership to either his clients or his ghe. The last part of the book recounts another expedition to Everest with a group of Indonesian climbers Boukreev supported, giving him room to explain his view on the role the expert climber should have.

Sep 04, Karl rated it it was amazing. Check out my other reviews at http: He very strongly believes that guiding – implying taking on the responsibility for the other climbers – is not an option when climbing under such conditions.

The logistics 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. I agree that it is a bit of Everest overload but it is such a fascinating topic. Late in the day twenty-three men and women-including expedition leaders Scott Fischer and Rob Hall-were caught in a ferocious blizzard. Weston Dewalt is a writer and a documentary filmmaker whose work has been cpimb on PBS.

His best reply, I thought, was his answer to Krakauer’s criticism about not using oxygen. De Walt does an excellent job of chronicling events and clearing up discrepancies caused by other authors. There were contributing factors of inexperienced clients, weather, etc but I believe everyone would have lived if they had boukkreev with even a 2 pm turn-around time.

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