After the Wind: 1996 Everest Tragedy - One Survivor's Story

After the Wind: 1996 Everest Tragedy - One Survivor's Story

by Lou Kasischke

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ISBN-13: 9781940877006
Publisher: Good Hart Publishing
Publication date: 02/28/2014
Pages: 310
Product dimensions: 6.59(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.28(d)

About the Author

Lou Kasischke is one of the survivors. He tells his story.
Lou and his wife, Sandy, live on the northern shore of LakeMichigan.

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A thorough analysis of the 1996 Everest disaster...and the best preparation for my Everest assent. --Jean Pavillard, IFMGA Swiss Mountain Guide

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After the Wind: 1996 Everest Tragedy - One Survivor's Story 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great story and a great read. The author's insights as to why things went so wrong on Everest are fascinating, and the story of how and why he was able to make the right decision when so many others couldn't is inspiring.  Just the explanations of what it takes to engage in high altitude climbing would be well worth the read, but there is so much more to this book.  I highly recommend it.
JeannieWalker More than 1 year ago
First, I want to say, I love the illustrations, as well as the book. I also love how the climber’s wife, Sandy, sent out invitation to friends inviting the to a ‘Last Supper’. In the invitation she wrote: After dinner, please feel free to offer Lou some words of profound wisdom. Sandy was a wonderful, loving, and understanding wife. Lou was a thoughtful, loving husband who would call Sandy as he left work saying, “I’m coming home.” When he got home the would chime out, “I’m home.” For Sandy and Lou “coming home” and ‘being home” were expressions of their loving relationship. They were words coming from the voice of the heart. A moment that would sustain Lou in the life and death struggle six weeks later was after the Last Supper party. Sandy said, “I want you to live your story on Everest, but I want you to say out loud, ‘I promise to come back home.” Without pause or even thinking about it, Lou replied, “I promise to come back home.” Every mountain climbing trip starts at home and ends back at home. But, sometimes, not every mountain climber makes it back home. Mount Everest has taken its toll on climbers. Climbers don’t get second chances. Good decisions must be made especially when you are close to conquering the beast but out of time to do it. This is an account of the worst tragedy that every happened on Mount Everest. It took many years before Lou Kasischke could tell the story of what happened and what went wrong on the mountain that took the lives of eight climbers on a spring day in 1996. “After the Wind” is an enthralling account that touches the heart deeply. Jeannie Walker (Award-Winning Author) "I Saw the Light" - A True Story of a Near-Death Experience
DarkRavenDH More than 1 year ago
“And after the wind… a still, small voice…” 1 Kings 19:11-12 In 1996 eight people from three expeditions perished when trapped by a storm on Mount Everest. Included in the dead were the leaders of two of the expeditions, Rob Hall and Scott Fisher. There have been a lot of books written covering the tragedy, exploring exactly what went wrong. Survivors have written books telling the tale from their own perspectives. These accounts do not always agree. I think it safe to say that if you were not there yourself, there is no way to know who is and who isn’t correct. Therefore I believe in taking everyone at their word that their story is what they experienced. This is the story of Lou Kasischke. In the horror that descended on the mountain that day, Lou’s inner voice saved his life. With climbers still headed for the summit, Lou turned around knowing this was his only shot at Everest. Yet Lou came home from the mountain without severe injury. Others who summited never left the mountain… Lou’s story of what happened rather than assign blame cites mistakes made for which there is no good answer. He had joined Rob Hall’s Adventure Consultants Expedition based on Rob’s success and his impeccable safety record. The year prior, Rob had turned his team around in sight of the peak when he felt conditions were not conducive to a safe summit bid. Things didn’t go as planned in 1996. Rob’s usual all-star crew had prior commitments, so he had to replace them with men without the same experience. None of the new guides felt comfortable about making decisions without Rob. Rob’s inflexible turnaround time was ignored in favor of getting the most people to the summit. The sudden storm was the final blow. Lou doesn’t discount sacrifices made to help rescue climbers lost in the storm and darkness. The questions he asks are about ways the tragedy might have been avoided altogether. Once disaster struck, efforts made to rescue the climbers were partially successful. One man survived after being left for dead. But five died including Rob and Mountain Madness Expedition leader Scott Fisher. Three more died from an expedition climbing Everest from the opposite side. Lou could have been among them except for obedience to that inner voice… I give this book five stars… Quoth the Raven…