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Posted August 29, 2010
A Mountaineering Classic Worth Reading and Owning
This is the classic account of the first ascent of an 8,000 meter peak. The book was translated from its original French version. Be inspired by it but take with a grain of salt. Then read David Roberts book True Summit to clear up some issues. Regardless, the positive impact that the expedition and the book has had on mountaineers is undeniable. It inspired Ed Viesturs to start climbing when he was just a kid and hundreds of others no doubt.
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Posted December 23, 1999
A Tale of an Arduous Expedition for the Era
Maurice tells a great story of his amazing expedition to the top of Annapurna. I enjoyed comparing their adventure to recent modern expeditions to other high mountains, such as Everest. Modern climbers have much better equipment and support to help their chances of success. We should all respect the hardships that earlier climbers had to endure on their journeys. The only thing I downgrade the book on is that I thought it rambled on with more detail about mundane events than was necessary - it could have been shortened without sacrificing the thrust of the story. It is a very good story for all mountaineering and adventure fans to read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 25, 2012
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