Epics on Everest (Adrenaline Series): Stories of Survival from the World's Higest Peak

Overview


It's been a half century since Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing made the first ascent of Everest. Their success capped a thirty-year struggle that cost more than a dozen lives—and touched off a new era in the history of the mountain. The past fifty years have seen Everest become an even greater magnet for adventurers—both foolish and heroic. Some of the world's best climbers have carved out incredibly dangerous new routes on the peak, and many have died trying. Meanwhile, hundreds of nonclimbers have taken on ...
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Overview


It's been a half century since Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing made the first ascent of Everest. Their success capped a thirty-year struggle that cost more than a dozen lives—and touched off a new era in the history of the mountain. The past fifty years have seen Everest become an even greater magnet for adventurers—both foolish and heroic. Some of the world's best climbers have carved out incredibly dangerous new routes on the peak, and many have died trying. Meanwhile, hundreds of nonclimbers have taken on Everest, with mixed results. This history has created an entire literature in itself—a story of triumph and tragedy of epic proportions. Whether it's Peter Boardman on being forced to leave a friend to die near the summit, Stephen Venables on spending a night out near the summit—an experience only a handful of men have survived—or Chris Bonington on the death of Boardman and Joe Tasker on the Northeast Ridge, almost every great climbing writer has tackled some aspect of the mountain, and Epics on Everest includes their best work.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560254997
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2003
  • Series: Adrenaline Series
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
from The Lost Explorer 1
from Mountain Men 23
from Quest for Adventure 47
from South Col 79
from Ascent 89
All the Winds of Asia 105
Messner and Habeler: Alone at the Top 111
from Blind Corners 127
from Beyond Everest 163
from Fragile Edge 177
Absent Friends 203
from Everest: Alone at the Summit 209
from Sheer Will 239
from Climbing High 283
from The Climb 303
from Above the Clouds 321
Acknowledgments 329
Permissions 330
Bibliography 332
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