Climbing the World's 14 Highest Mountains: The History of the 8,000-Meter Peaks

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A fascinating history of climbing in the "death zone"-the peaks higher than 8,000 meters (26,248 feet).The year 2000 marks the 50th anniversary of the first ascent of an 8,000-meter peak. In the decade that followed, all but one of the world’s fourteen 8,000m peaks were summited. (The single exception was Shishapangma.) This was the golden age of high-altitude climbing.
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A fascinating history of climbing in the "death zone"-the peaks higher than 8,000 meters (26,248 feet).The year 2000 marks the 50th anniversary of the first ascent of an 8,000-meter peak. In the decade that followed, all but one of the world’s fourteen 8,000m peaks were summited. (The single exception was Shishapangma.) This was the golden age of high-altitude climbing.
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Anyone enthralled by mountain climbing will enjoy this beautifully illustrated history of the climbs on the world's 14 highest mountains (8000m is 26,248 feet). Both historical and contemporary photographs record the adventures here described in detail by the authors (both are climbers and photographers, Sale is a glaciologist). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780898867275
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books, The
  • Publication date: 9/1/2000
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.96 (w) x 11.32 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Sale
RICHARD SALE is an award-winning journalist and Pulitzer Prize finalist who has written for The Washington Post and San Francisco Examiner. Most recently, he served as a special correspondent for UPI for 5 years. He is the author of Traitors and The Blackstone Rangers. He is currently Intelligence Correspondent for Middle East Times. He lives in Stamford, Connecticut.
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