This is the gripping true 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 side of the mountain. In the dark, battered by snow and driven by hurricane-force winds, some of the climbers became hopelessly lost and resigned themselves to death. But head climbing guide Anatoli Boukreev refused to give up hope. Climbing blind in the maw of a life-threatening storm, Boukreev brought climbers back from the edge of certain death.
This is an amazing true story of an expedition fated for disaster, of the blind ambition that drives people to attempt such dangerous ventures, and of a modern-day hero, who risked his own life to save others.
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Wow, in my eyes he was really a hero on that day in May in 1996...
...Without Anatoli many more would have died. I read the other book too and I would have to draw the conclusion that he did the right things in tough conditions. Listen for yourself, this is a good one.
Exciting and detailed account
Anatoli's own account and a real and riviting story. I was pleased with the style of writing. What was killing me about this recording is the horrible echo and what seems to be someone chatering in the background while this was being read. Dispite this, I have given it four stars because it is a compelling story and because it is written and read well.
Everest is the ultimate judge and jury it sorts out all the fool's, poser's, and wannabes without regard. Boukreev spends a lot of time justifying his actions, he shouldn't have to, when you climb Everest you are responsible for yourself and thats it. Explaining his actions just makes it sound worse, running from tent to tent trying to get help. putting on and taking off crampons, looking for oxygen bottles gives the impression he was afraid to go back out, if he was thats O.K. its Everest. As a layperson I still feel they could have made more effort to get the Japanese lady back, she was so close.