Above the Clouds: The Diaries of a High-Altitude Mountaineer

Above the Clouds: The Diaries of a High-Altitude Mountaineer

Anatoli Boukreev

Language: English

Pages: 304

ISBN: 031229137X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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.

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denied him an easy childhood. His chosen that He kind of loneliness. of food or lifestyle would required nothing from his family but the grounding of their honest affection, and as an adult he was that kind of friend. He took the time to write and made an maintain important relationships. Like his father, he was tionist. A effort to a perfec- pedantic attention to detail could be maddening translated into the fast-paced lives mountains kept it him alive. He of American

at an op- portune moment. These things happened. When the big Himalayan expeditions after the Iron Curtain had became lifted a little to let a reality, our people climb the highest mountains, the big question was will have the opportunity to go?" for those expeditions, but not The state enough provided "Who money for every qualified climber to go. Individuals had to compete with one another and with the system. Some chose the wrong methods eliminate mous blackmailing,

increasingly troubled journalism is ever less satisfied with basic reporting. Events must be validated by eyewitness regurgitations more of emotions that supposedly occurred came likely mind when to British Everest climber state that great Doug the press asked for an interview. may have been Scott thoughts rarely if moment, but the at the The to openly first ever occur to mountaineers on sum- mits, but frequently surface afterward while celebrating over beers with

Tatiana. For complained about being deprived of her good borscht. were waiting me, she would not have for tiana, just sincerely it would happy How woman cook a as wondered how I wanted what I Ta- my seemed more important than climbing Ever- the second time. Those thoughts caused rant, telling my friends phone. Kathmandu pittance, is a painful twist inside was not hungry. I anywhere but Russia or the is I I left Those nearly impossible. I the restau- anywhere

for entertainment. "Dhaulagiri was so enjoyable that in a my pleasure as a cab. in before anyone had re- had climbed the peak time, and with a note of surprise Scott worked week by someone my work for Himalayan the previous spring and that I died, shot driving his car for a told Scott about on Dhaulagiri. He knew his guides. who had money he made lain in the new com- Everest for the spring season of 1996; Neal Beidleman had agreed to be one of We for his when he

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