Annapurna: The First Conquest of an 8,000-Meter Peak

Annapurna: The First Conquest of an 8,000-Meter Peak

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Annapurna: The First Conquest of an 8,000-Meter Peak 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Understated incredible effort. Well told, gripping and informative.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is captivating. Anyone looking for a classic adventure told from the perspective of people venturing into the truly unknown, look no farther.
SuburbanMountaineer More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome story, well written
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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which mountain they were going to climb; initially it was supposed to be Dhaulagiri - which they had to locate due to out of date maps.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 So, then they had to locate Annapurna, again due to out of date maps.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?)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.