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Crowded conditions, bad judgement, and a bitter storm stopped many climbers in their tracks. To some degree I felt like this book was just a medium for Boukreev to defend his actions to Jon Krakauer Into Thin Air who did mention some things he felt were odd about some of Boukreev’s actions. Here is his amazing story-of an tbe fated for disaster, of the blind ambition that drives people to attempt such dangerous ventures, and of a modern-day hero, who risked his own life to save others.

Look, I’m an outdoor guide, nowhere remotely near the level of flimb skills required to lead this sort of undertaking, i admit- but even I, and every other part-time guide out there knows that, what you might do on a personal trip is not always what you would do as an acting guide!!!! After reading this, I was a little disappointed with him for how he portrayed this side.

In both versions he is portrayed as a hero; DeWitt’s account just feels a bit manufactured. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

A View Over the Bell: Book Review – The Climb by Anatoli Boukreev

Late in the day twenty-three men and women-including expedition leaders Scott Fischer and Rob Hall-were caught in a ferocious blizzard. Others were left for dead, or stranded on the frigid mountain.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Interesting to see the counter-story, but without a doubt, Krakauer’s has far more factual backing and truthfully presented research. Did they stick together and build teamwork?

View all 15 comments. As someone who ran a business that often required difficult decisions and risk evaluation, I was riveted to the spot from the very beginning. Boukreev is well known in climbing circles as a good, tough, experienced guide, not especially personable or given to pampering the clients, but utterly reliable, especially in tight situations”. Check out my other reviews at http: I wish that Boukreev had paired up with a talented writer to tell his story so it wouldn’t feel so clumsy, so rushed, and so defensive.


Here we learn of the difficulties of making a living off an athletic skill and the difficult it is to balance this with the pursuit of personal achievements. Sep 25, Kate rated it it was amazing Shelves: Although Bookreev does not share his personal life directly, the reader learns much about him through his conversations, decisio I am glad that Boukreev had a chance to share his perspective on the Everest tragedy before he died.

Neither Anatoli Boukreev nor his co-author possesses Krakauer’s well-honed journalistic skills. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Does privilege Everest thrill seekers have to be among the very wealthy to afford the trip lead to entitlement that overshadows judgment and proper discrimination about who should go up and who shouldn’t?

He was unfairly and unjustly criticized by other authors seeking to find a villian that day. This is fascinating reading, and gives quite an insight into the inner characters of some of the team. Opinion seems to be sharply divided about the causes of the accident between the Krakauer and Boukreev camps. View all 12 comments. The problem with him was his inability to communicate effectively owning to his poor English.

The edition I read see above has over pages of extra material, mostly rebuttals of Krakauer, and a transcript of the taped “debriefing” of the Mountain Madness team which took place at Base Camp on 15 May I never knew that. I was pleasantly surprised that for most of the book the conflict with Krakauer was not a topic. Tragic Ambitions on Everest.

I won’t get sidetracked on Newts, I’m not even entirely certain if they have tails, but I will say that you won’t get the full gist of what went down on Mountain Everest in unless you read both books.

Weston De Walt who did the actual writing. It is difficult to argue boukeeev the fact that Mountain Madness Boukreev was a guide lost only Fischer, their leader, mostly due to Boukreev’s ubelievable rescue attempts through the night and continuing the next day, while Adventure Consultants Krakauer was a client lost their expedition leader, a guide and 2 clients.

Everest disaster, in which five climbers died, in an effort to clear his name of damning allegations made in Jon Krakauer’s bestselling Into Thin Air. Now Mallory’s attempt is c,imb else entirely. Regardless of whether or not Boukreev acted correctly during the summit bid, his heroism in rescuing people during the night of 10thth May can not be denied.


The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest

Apr 01, Shannon rated it really liked it Shelves: As the climbers of the Mt. What an amazing guy. Most Mountain Madness clients summited well after that, and Fischer didn’t leave the summit until after 4. To understand “The Climb” one pretty much needs to also have read “Into Thin Air”, another account of the disaster authored by Jon Krakauer, who was also among those involved.

Jan 31, Sushicat rated it really liked it Shelves: Sadly, there will be no more books by this extraordinary mountaineer as he perished in an avalanche on Annapurna in Dec. This book tells Boukreev’s side of the story-and to be honest it isn’t that different from Krakauer’s version.

He remained, until his death inincredibly humble regarding his fantastic achievements and stoically respectful of the mountains he lived and died in. By that time Boukreev was on the way down. Weston DeWalt The Climb. This book was incredible.

Unfortunately, I must admit that the lack of the personal angle – feelings, the big picture, whatever – does make the book drier and slightly less compelling. After reading this book one wonders; for what? Views Read Edit View history. Some of his “heroics” may not have been necessary if more “guiding” had been done along the way.

I didn’t rate this high because its a great piece of literature — its not, the writing is cho Ran across this book and had to pick it up. On the day of the summit attempt, he sent Boukreev and his other guide Neal Beidleman up the Mountain at the head of their team, while Fischer himself would sweep at the rear.