Annapurna: The First Conquest of an 8,000-Meter Peak [NOOK Book]

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Mountaineer Maurice Herzog gives a gripping firsthand account of one of the most daring climbing expeditions in historyAnnapurna I is the name given to the 8,100-meter mountain that ranks among the most forbidding in the Himalayan chain. Dangerous not just for its extreme height but for a long and treacherous approach, its summit proved unreachable until 1950, when a group of French mountaineers made a mad dash for its peak. They became the first men to accomplish the feat, doing so without oxygen tanks or any of...
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Overview

Mountaineer Maurice Herzog gives a gripping firsthand account of one of the most daring climbing expeditions in historyAnnapurna I is the name given to the 8,100-meter mountain that ranks among the most forbidding in the Himalayan chain. Dangerous not just for its extreme height but for a long and treacherous approach, its summit proved unreachable until 1950, when a group of French mountaineers made a mad dash for its peak. They became the first men to accomplish the feat, doing so without oxygen tanks or any of the modern equipment that contemporary climbers use. The adventure nearly cost them their lives. Maurice Herzog dictated this firsthand account of the remarkable trek from a hospital bed as he recovered from injuries sustained during the climb. An instant bestseller, it remains one of the most famous mountaineering books of all time, and an enduring testament to the power of the human spirit.
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"Outdoor Classic" Winner of the 2010 National Outdoor Book Awards

“The most influential mountaineering book of all time.”

National Geographic Adventure

 

“Those who have never seen the Himalayas, those who never care to risk an assault, will know when they finish this book that they have been a companion of greatness.”
New York Times Book Review

 

“Before Everest, there was Annapurna. Frenchman Herzog led the first summitting of an 8,000-meter peak, dictating his story because he had lost all his fingers to frostbite.”
Sports Illustrated

“While the ascent is thrilling enough, the harrowing descent . . . truly boggles the mind.”
The Week

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453220733
  • Publisher: Open Road Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/26/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 316
  • Sales rank: 105,935
  • File size: 394 KB

Meet the Author

Maurice Herzog (b. 1919) is one of the foremost mountaineers in history. He gained international fame in 1950 as the leader of the expedition that summited Annapurna I, the first 8,000-meter peak ever climbed by man. Born in France, he distinguished himself in World War II, winning the Legion d’Honneur and Croix de Guerre, two of his nation’s highest military honors. After the war, he took to adventuring, where he found his calling climbing the highest mountains in the world. After leading the Annapurna expedition, which cost him his toes and most of his fingers, he dictated his account of the expedition from his hospital bed. His mountaineering days finished, Herzog turned to politics, where he served his country as a minister of sport.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Amazing

    Understated incredible effort. Well told, gripping and informative.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2011

    Fantastic read

    This book is captivating. Anyone looking for a classic adventure told from the perspective of people venturing into the truly unknown, look no farther.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2010

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    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2000

    The real adventure was finding the mountain...

    This was not the first book I ever read about mountain climbing, just the best. I've read several Everest accounts, up to and including the '96 tragedy, but none of them can hold a candle to the overwhelming adventure these frenchmen were on. First of all, they didn't even know which mountain they were going to climb; initially it was supposed to be Dhaulagiri - which they had to locate due to out of date maps. Once they found it, they realized it was beyond them at that time. So, then they had to locate Annapurna, again due to out of date maps. Suffice it to say you will shiver in sympathy as the rest of the adventure unfolds. (You didn't think I was going to give it all away did you?)

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  • Anonymous

    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.

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