By Joe Simpson, Maurice Herzog

The mesmerizing account, by means of the chief of the French day trip, of the 1st conquest of Annapurna - at the moment, and at greater than 8000 metres, the top mountain ever climbed. it's a tale of breathtaking braveness and backbone opposed to appalling odds. In documents of hiking, in stories of human endeavour, there's not anything so unforgettable because the account of the descent via the effective yet frost-bitten males, after the monsoon had damaged, throughout the flooded valleys of Nepal.

As good as an advent by means of Joe Simpson, this re-creation comprises sixteen pages of pictures, which offer a striking visible list of this mythical excursion.

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You are under contract for the duration of the Everest season. " Michael Joergensen had been a member of Henry Todd's Himalayan Guides Everest expedition in 1995, which Boukreev had guided, and had made the suming Everest with you. amazing things. I really becoming the first Dane to make the top. He and Boukreev had talked about doing Lhotse together, but no definite plans had been made. Boukreev had no intention of committing to Joergensen until he had cleared it with Fischer, but because Fischer had been mit, THE CLIMB 40 traveling, Boukreev had not had an opportunity raise the subject with to him.

Hoping to leave at the same hour, the ten climbers began their preparations for the final assault, but in the crowded tents it was impossible for everyone to ready themselves at the same time, and the decision was made to stagger the departures. M. the first climbers began their ascent along the gradual slope of hard snow and ice that lead to the corniced ridge of the summit. , eight of the ten climbers summited. Two others, Michael Mikhaelov and Demetri Grekov, who had tired early in the climb, had turned back before making the summit.

The issue was especially much competitiveness between climbers (a precondition in high-altitude mountaineering), but a matter of national pride and politics. On October 8, 1995, Boukreev, alone and without the use of supplementary oxygen, made a push to the summit of Dhaulagiri. Without intending to, Boukreev set a speed record for the time of his ascent: seventeen hours and fifteen minutes. not so vailing Returning to Kathmandu on October 20, Boukreev went immediately to work, looking for opportunities and planning to continue conversations with Henry Todd of Himalayan Guides, who had made him a verbal offer of a job.

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