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He’d spoken to Fischer when they finally crossed paths, and they agreed that Boukreev should head down to Camp IV, as many climbers would run out of oxygen before they got down, and he might need to bring up some cylinders and generally help out.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Jan 31, Sushicat rated it really liked it Shelves: Read it in about 48 hours, despite life getting in the way here and there, I could not put this book down. Quotes from The Climb: The Climb by Anatoli Boukreev is an honest and gripping account of true endurance and contains interviews with most of the surviving climbers, medical personnel, Sherpa guides, and families of the dead who experienced the tragedy.

While the text makes valid points defending Boukreev’s actions, there are some unnecessary jabs at Krakauer, which fail to fully appreciate that he was a less experienced client, not a expedition guide. 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.

This just adds to what I think is his feeling of superiority, as yhe “this fool wasn’t a good enough climber to not get killed and cut in half”. The book recounts events based on information available from many other sources and adds Boukreev’s com I read John Krakauer’s Into Thin Air a couple of years ago and although the actual climbing sequences were gripping, I was really annoyed at the judgemental descriptions specifically of Anatoli Boukreev.

The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest

Krakauer unjustly and inexcusably boukfeev Anatoli Boukreev by painting a false picture of an event that took the lives of five individuals and left many others ravaged and haunted. De Walt does an excellent job of chronicling events and clearing up discrepancies caused by other authors.

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The controversy that Krakauer’s book sparked continues on to this day, more than 15 years after the events themselves. This is fascinating reading, and gives quite dlimb insight into the inner characters of some of the team.

Krakauer was sent specifically to record events of that year’s climb and was taking notes, so I would tend to give his account the edge. The book is also partially a response to Jon Krakauer ‘s account of the same Everest climb in his book Into Thin Airwhich appeared to criticize some of Boukreev’s actions during the climb.

All Mountain Madness expedition members, with the exception of Fischer, survived and got down the mountain without serious injury.

After The Climb was published, DeWalt leveled many public criticisms at Krakauer concerning the accuracy of each man’s account of what happened on the mountain during the climbs. Caught in the well-named Death Zone, so high above sea level that the bodies of climbers who linger there literally start to die, the members of two commercial expeditions fought desperately for survival. I can’t believe they didn’t stick with their turn-around times.

The writer, Anatoli Boukreev was one of the guides on the Mountain Madness expedition without Jon Krakauer, and it gives more detailed information about this other group of very interesting people.

Opinion seems to be sharply divided about the causes of the accident between the Krakauer and Boukreev camps. What’s with this crappy search engine? I read this one after Into Thin Air because I knew there was some controversy created by Krakauer’s version of events. This is fascinating reading, and gives quite an insight into the inner characters of some of the team.

Dec 05, Lotte rated it really liked it.

The Climb by Anatoli Boukreev

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It’s my opinion that rhe one ought to read one without also reading the other. I was pleasantly surprised that for most of the book the conflict with Krakauer was not a topic. I read Into Thin Air and had to keep reading.

And it tells the truth flawlessly. Krakauer will forever be questioned in my mind as an honest and impartial journalist. Evidently a skilled mountaineer does not necessarily have the skills boukreevv to guide successfully or to ensure the complex logistics work as needed.

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Check out my obukreev reviews at http: Boukreev did not understand how he fitted in to the expedition – how much initiative he could take on behalf of Fischer or the clients, and whether he could order clients or Sherpas to do as he asked – which is perhaps a criticism of both Boukreev and Fischer. I have just read Krakauer’s account “Into Thin Air” and liked reading both sides of the story and having some gaps filled in by reading both accounts.

Were there those who thought of themselves more than the group? Everest disaster vanished into thin air, one man had the courage to bring them down alive The story starts from the very beginning when Boukreev and other characters in the book are laid out within the context of preparation for the climb.

To understand “The Climb” one pretty much needs to also boukreeb read “Into Thin Air”, another account of the disaster authored by Jon Krakauer, who was also among those involved. A great book to read, especially if you’ve already read Into Thin Air!

The controversy that Krakauer’s book sparked continues on to this day, more than 15 years after the events themselves.

Martin’s Press Publication date. There were many heroic actions that night, with Boukreev’s continued sorties from Camp IV to bring back climbers not the least of them. Apparently prosciutto without fat is like a kiss without a cuddle. Weston de Walt’s response to Jon Krakauer. Crowded conditions, bad judgement, and a bitter storm stopped many climbers in their tracks.

At a time when no boureev else was able or willing to rescue stranded and freezing climbers, Anatoli Boukreev boukreec what little strength he had left to search through a blinding and devastating storm for his fellow mountaineers. Nov 21, Petra Eggs rated it it was amazing Shelves: Krakauer’s account is easier to read and more entertaining.

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