Above the Clouds: The Diaries of a High-Altitude Mountaineer
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When Anatoli Boukreev died on the slopes of Annapurna on Christmas day, 1997, the world lost one of the greatest adventurers of our time.
In Above the Clouds, both the man and his incredible climbs on Mt. McKinley, K2, Makalu, Manaslu, and Everest-including his diary entries on the infamous 1996 disaster, written shortly after his return-are immortalized. There also are minute technical details about the skill of mountain climbing, as well as personal reflections on what life means to someone who risks it every day. Fully illustrated with gorgeous color photos, Above the Clouds is a unique and breathtaking look at the world from its most remote peaks.
had a whole section with special products for use by outdoorsmen. Michael purchased mountain of one supplies; everything we needed was be found in that store. Four clients arrived in They were from a variety nessman, an engineer, a Anchorage on the twenty-first of of professions and included an moviemaker, and man physical ability. I normal He told them I them had previously was informed that another, had to be pretty well-off month's wages for a vacation. Each of
was good, but snow ended and I began I trail left by was not going to climb sound, crisply ringing ice. Denali, as Alaska natives call their mountain, made me crest. cautious. Past the steep ice, more hour of hours, I effort arrived at and I Camp passed II. I came onto Camp During I. a snowy Rushing on for a five-minute rest, I One two more explained 45 46 my mission to the climbers faces. An hour later at met I Camp III, there. Surprise registered
emotions I is im- experience in these encounters give an unusual charge of strength and energy. Eager to get at seems there are no women are judged not come from, but who they are in strange, difficult ambitions ing It started, on July 8 we were up three-thirty after eating breakfast. On at 2 a.m. We left camp our backs were the supplies we needed to set following a Camp up well trail I. We crossed the glacier in marked by members of previous expeditions. we
fixed line at a juncture of rope. Believing the to a concussion, and because of his pain likely he had broken ribs. All his and only time would reveal Reinmar settled into Peter where we cleaned and bandaged his wounds. I if extrem- he had se- and Andy's big boiled water all night long and carried injury we needed to their tent thinking because it to rehydrate him. The of the head night was terribly cold. I did not sleep until just before dawn. July 20 I awoke
sport anymore — — my in or because upcoming marriage. Though for marriage sooner or later. that I depths of my heart ing to raise money, I rejoice in his I it is this I wanted my results. cannot say to feel a serious matter, We I sumis not good before an have no plans I we many mountaineering world. From the success. Sitting in Kathmandu tryfor me climbed Makalu for myself, and deep discontent with I country mountaineering been possible has only peak.