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Thin Air; Encounters in the Himalayas

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Above an eerie realm of endless snow covered spires . . . Each step appears increasingly impossible. Disorientation and fatigue make the climber's head swim and the body threaten to collapse. For Greg Child it happened at 8,000 meters on an all-out alpine-style climb marked by tragic loss.

In this spellbinding chronicle, Greg Child takes us step by nerve-shattering step through the world's most remote regions - as he cracks the "death zone" above 26,000 feet, and attacks "by ...

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Overview

Above an eerie realm of endless snow covered spires . . . Each step appears increasingly impossible. Disorientation and fatigue make the climber's head swim and the body threaten to collapse. For Greg Child it happened at 8,000 meters on an all-out alpine-style climb marked by tragic loss.

In this spellbinding chronicle, Greg Child takes us step by nerve-shattering step through the world's most remote regions - as he cracks the "death zone" above 26,000 feet, and attacks "by fair means" the world's most perilous pinnacles.From Child's assault on Gasherbrum IV to a season of tragedy and carnage on K2, Thin Air is more than one man's story - it is an intimate portrait of mountains and those who climb them: what bonds clients together and what separates them, and what the mountains teach us all about life — and death . . .

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Recipient of the 1987 American Alpine Club's Literary Award for excellence, Child chronicles three rigorous climbs he undertook on the Indian subcontinent in 1977, 1983, and 1986. In addition to a gripping personal narrative of one climber's physical, mental, and emotional triumphs and defeats, Child provides some political history and generally nonjudgmental observations on cultural, economic, and environmental conditions, as well as East-West differences. Although Thin Air would be improved by the addition of political maps, an index, and more rigorous copy editing, it is a worthwhile contribution to the literature of Himalayan climbs, deserving of a place alongside Fosco Maraini's Karakoram ( LJ 9/15/61) and Galen Rowell's In the Throne Room of the Mountain Gods (Sierra Club, 1977). Recommended for academic, public, and some special libraries.-- Harry E. Whitmore, Univ. of Maine-Augusta
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898865882
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books, The
  • Publication date: 9/28/1988
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 222
  • Sales rank: 810,154
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.47 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2001

    Mind-boggling adventure - like being there!

    Greg Child is not only a phenomenal photographer, a great climber, he is also an exceptional writer. The book consists of a narration of three different expeditions in the Himalayas (Karakoram range): Shivling in 1981, Lobsang Spire and Broad Peak in 1983 and Gasherbrum IV in 1986 (the tragic year on K2). The text has a lot of technical description of the climbs, including sketches of routes and details of belays, however these descriptions only add to the immediacy of the expedition and to the fine detail that throws the reader into the heart of a Himalayan adventure. Child also gives some historical and geographical background of the territory he is exploring, including legends, 'on-the-side' observations and description of the people populating the regions. At times humorous ('Monty-Python-esque'), at times emotional, and at times cynical - to make the narration unforgettable. If you like true mountaineering or if you are just a couch mountaineer, you'll enjoy this book tremendously. On a personal 'peeing-in-the-pants' scale (1-10), this book is a solid 9.

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