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Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Anatoli is a hero to me

As i was reading this book i began to fill like i knew toli. no matter what other people who were on everest in 1996 say i belive that Anatoli was the hero. he risked his on life so that others could live. I think Jon krakaur was so wrong in many of his statments and hi...
As i was reading this book i began to fill like i knew toli. no matter what other people who were on everest in 1996 say i belive that Anatoli was the hero. he risked his on life so that others could live. I think Jon krakaur was so wrong in many of his statments and his book out rages me. I was deeply touched by anatoli's book and as a person who plans on climbing everest, Anatoli is a hero and role model to me. he will be remembered as a hero.

posted by Anonymous on November 5, 2000

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Pathetic attempt to justify negligence

Mr. DeWalt and the late Mr. Bourkreev offer a pathetic attempt to justify the unjustifiable (that of leaving clients stranded in a hurricane on the summit of Everest) and discredit Jon Krakauer, the journalist who summited Everest in the 1996 disaster. I'm not sorry I ...
Mr. DeWalt and the late Mr. Bourkreev offer a pathetic attempt to justify the unjustifiable (that of leaving clients stranded in a hurricane on the summit of Everest) and discredit Jon Krakauer, the journalist who summited Everest in the 1996 disaster. I'm not sorry I read it, I just find it totally unbelievable.

posted by Anonymous on May 19, 2002

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2008

    Missing the big picture

    This book was excellent. Into Thin Air was also excellent. Anyone who criticizes Anatoli Boukreev is ignoring a very clear fact: All of the clients he was responsible for guiding survived. Questionable decisions were made by ALL parties involved yet Anatoli seems to get the brunt of the abuse. It was a tragedy, simple as that. Into Thin Air and The Climb are nothing more than the same story told from different points of view. Does anyone expect every detail to be the same? Read both books, enjoy them, but remember the only villain is the mountain itself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2006

    The other side of a well-known story

    Every story has two sides. In this book, readers of Jon Krakauer's best selling Into Thin Air can hear the other side of that particular tale. It's my opinion that no one ought to read one without also reading the other. On May 10, 1996, a winter storm decided to attack the world's highest mountain in spring. 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. The leaders of both teams - New Zealander Rob Hall, and American Scott Fischer - died despite being world-class mountaineers and Everest veterans. So did three members of Hall's team, while a fourth barely got off the mountain alive. All of the Fischer guides and clients survived, though, and none suffered the kind of horrific frostbite that left Hall client Beck Weathers both maimed and disfigured. Why did things turn out so differently for the two teams, after both lost their leaders? Krakauer's book offers one answer. This book, co-authored by Scott Fischer's head guide, offers quite another. Neither Anatoli Boukreev nor his co-author possesses Krakauer's well-honed journalistic skills. This is a much plainer work, in many ways and it's definitely less readable. I found it just as compelling, though, and it's rich in source material. Thank goodness Boukreev completed it before his death, because his side of the story is well worth hearing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2006

    No plans for me to go to Everest!

    I ordered THE CLIMB and found it very interesting from the 'human perspective.' I couldn't have done what these people did and I pulled for each member to survive. I felt there were heroes and no villains. The last few pages are in response to Krakauer's book, but the majority of the book is just another viewpoint of a compelling storing--especially when you consider only one climber was able to summit and then have the energy to make several repeated searches for lost climbers, find them, and likely save their lives. I rated the book 4-stars because the primary text reads much better than the inserted text of interviews and quotes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2000

    A read in truth

    Read this if you have any interest in finding out what really happened on May 10, 1996 on Everest. This book is a gripping account of the things that take place before and after the summit bid on that fateful day. Boukreev and DeWalt work hard to present information that is accurate and authentic.

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