The Climb (Audio Download): Anatoli Boukreev, G. Weston DeWalt, Lloyd James, Blackstone Audio, Inc.: Audible Audiobooks kindle –

The Climb is a true, gripping, and thought provoking account of the worst disaster in the history of Mt Everest On May two commercial expeditions headed by experienced leaders attempted to climb the highest mountain in the world, but things went terribly wrong Crowded conditions on the mountain, miscommunications, unexplainable delays, poor leadership, bad decisions, and a blinding storm conspired to kill Twenty three men and women, disoriented and out of oxygen, struggled to find their way down the southern side of the mountain In the dark, battered by snow driven by hurricane force winds, some of the climbers became hopelessly lost and resigned themselves to death Anatoli Boukreev, the head climbing guide for the West Seattle based Mountain Madness expedition, refused to give up hope Solo, climbing blind in the maw of a storm that continually threatened his life, Boukreev brought climbers back from the edge of certain death

5 thoughts on “The Climb (Audio Download): Anatoli Boukreev, G. Weston DeWalt, Lloyd James, Blackstone Audio, Inc.: Audible Audiobooks

  1. M. Moreton M. Moreton says:

    For those who aren t aware, the background to this book is the deaths of 5 people on Everest in 1996 Obviously an awful day, but it probably wouldn t have been remembered if it wasn t for the fact that a journalist Jon Krakauer was present, who wrote a book about the events after all three other people died on Everest on the same day and they re pretty much forgotten.JK s book placed the blame pretty squarely at the doors of the two expedition leaders But the book was so successful because JK was pretty good at making the characters involved come alive Which makes the book interesting, but of course runs the risk that some people may not like the way they re described.One of those who didn t was Anatoli Boukreev JK didn t blame him for the deaths, and AB probably came off better in the book than some of the other people especially Sandy Hill Pittman , but the difference was that AB was a professional climber, and people get very touchy when their professional competence is criticised.So, AB wanted to put his side of the story Which is why this book got written And that should have been that, but JK felt that this book insulted his own professional competence So, then there was a pointless slanging match which ended up being mainly between JK, and AB s ghost writer G Weston Dewalt who wins the prize for the silliest name.It was a pointless war because there were really only two areas of disagreement The first was whether professional guides should always use oxygen, and that s one of those technical debates with good points on both sides The second was whether AB had the permission of his leader to descend on his own, or only with one of the client climbers This is an utterly pointless argument because it wouldn t have affected anything the client climber in question made it down perfectly safely, and if AB had stuck with him it would only have delayed him a bit.So, this book is probably not worth reading for the argument, but it is an interesting book for AB s life story and his experiences and viewpoints A rule of thumb is that when AB is talking, it s a good and interesting book, but when his ghost writer is talking it s largely rubbish the ghost writer clearly doesn t know a lot about climbing, and only really cares about stoking the controversy.But if you only read one book about these events, don t read this one Read JK s it s a classic even if not 100% fair to everyone in every case.By the way, one of the interesting things that comes out of reading both books is that there s a very clear candidate for JK s source for his comments about AB Remember that JK wasn t on the same expedition as AB, and he wouldn t have had much experience of AB himself As a self respecting journalist and no one could accuse JK of not being self respecting , he d have had a source.Oh, and if you do buy this book, read the transcript at the end You ll find out a lot about the characters involved by hearing them in their own voices.

  2. Maclh Maclh says:

    It is essential to read this alongside, or before, or after, Jon Krakauer s book, to give a broader picture of the events of 1996 although I have learnt most about the mistakes made from Kasischke s After the Wind there is a prolonged effort to answer Krakauer s criticisms, and fair enough, I would if I thought I had a legitimate beef, and if all the slanging leaves you cold, you don t have to read it The meat of the book is about Boukreev and his experiences of 1996, and it s fascinating and well written, although a little disconcerting to read his thoughts transcribed in effective English, and then to come upon his true voice, where his English is less able but a great deal better than most people s Russian There are than one side to most coins, and it would be unfortunate to assume that any one account of that fateful year is the entire story, so this is essential reading alongside Krakauer and others The one bit that didn t illuminate much for me was the transcription of the participants post mortem I found that a bit long winded.

  3. James Norman James Norman says:

    Not being a climber I bought this book after seeing and enjoying the film Everest This is a factual account of what happened in 1996, and is a step by step breakdown of the tragic events that unfolded in 1996 I am a scuba diver and reading this book reminds me of all the lessons I have been taught about what we call the incident pit, small problems at the start if not dealt with become larger and larger, the lack of communication devices in the team, the issue with the O2, the number of teams attempting the summit on the same day, the varying levels of experience of the climbers, the lack of communicated turnaround time, and the difference in mentality and management between a paying guest and an expedition team member all simple issue that could have been rectified, but then coupled with the horrendous weather the climbers faced ended in tragedy, this can happen in scuba diving with divers not being dived up, not having the correct experience and overly reliant on either the boat crew to sort out every problem or the dive guides buddys I have learnt so much from this book about re thinking plans and how to communicate effectively with team members when we go on dive expeditions, for that reason alone I would give it 5 stars.As to Anatoli, I think he comes across as a professional climber having to deal with a commercial climbing expedition, in the best way he could and trying to help as much as he could, I cannot disagree with any decisions he took and he is the sort of person you want on an expedition, self reliant but a team player as well.

  4. Nitin Bhandarkar Nitin Bhandarkar says:

    I bought this book as follow up reading, having finished Jon Krakauer s Into thin Air It was not because I was interested in Anatoli Boukreev s version of events against that of Jon but because I was moved by the tragic May 96 Everest expedition Jon s book impressed me immensely for it s power and eloquence of writing This book s narration is not so taut The first 100 pages or so are just describing the preparation for the expedition and the final 150 odd pages dedicated to Jon Anatoli dispute that caused furore But this elaborate style of narration did impress me in patches when it came to describing the actual events of the fateful day Read this book if you are interested in the very finer details of the expedition.

  5. Souvik Chakraborty Souvik Chakraborty says:

    Anatoli boukreev comes off as an intransigent Russian guide who doesn t help clients and irresponsibly refuses to use supplementary o2.while mr Krakauer slept and no other guide, client, or Sherpa could master the strength courage to leave the camp.Mr boukreev made several solo forays into a blizzard in the dark at 26,000 feet to rescue three climbers near death.Mr.boukreev is routinely criticized for descending ahead of clients Although Mr.krakauer grants Mr Boukreev certain sttength, he never paints the big picture of one of the most amazing rescues in mountaineering history performed single handedly a few hours after climbing Everest without oxygen.Mr.boukreev has topped already six of fourteen 8000peaks total seven times mt Kanchenjunga two times , many of them solo without o2.Having already done Everest twice ,he foresaw problems with clients nearing camp, noted five other guides four Sherpas on the peak , and positioned himself to be rested hydrated enough to respond to an emergency His heroism is not a fluke.And I personally wonder after climbing Everest making g several solo rescue attempts from camp 4 how come he summit mt Lhotse on may 17 it was a fastest solo climb.its semms almost a childplay for Mr Anatoli when I read about his Lhotse climb just after the everest trazedy.He was build for high altitude mountaineering no doubt about that.And his return to Lhotse summit must have given peace to his disturbed soul as he couldn t rescue his friend Mr.scoot Fisher.And it was also very sad that scoot misjudged his strength perished just around balcony.I also mourn later on when I read Mr Anatoli lost his life attempting was such a loss to the sport mountaineeringRIP salute sir.your life was strong.The guys who have read into thin air I recommend this book to them to know how the things are from Mr Anatoli perspectice, in which situation how he made rescue attempts particularly how what kind of character he holds.Thank youNote only nanga parbar, Annapurna gasherbrum I was yet to achieve for him.