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Annapurna: The First Conquest Of An 8,000-Meter Peak Paperback – May 18, 2010
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"Outdoor Classic" Winner of the 2010 National Outdoor Book Awards
“The most influential mountaineering book of all time.”
―National Geographic Adventure
“Those who have never seen the Himalayas, those who never care to risk an assault, will know when they finish this book that they have been a companion of greatness.”
―New York Times Book Review
“Before Everest, there was Annapurna. Frenchman Herzog led the first summitting of an 8,000-meter peak, dictating his story because he had lost all his fingers to frostbite.”
“While the ascent is thrilling enough, the harrowing descent . . . truly boggles the mind.”
From the Back Cover
This new edition—which commemorates the sixtieth anniversary of the Annapurna ascent on June 3, 1950—features a new foreword by Conrad Anker.
Top Customer Reviews
Annapurna is 278 pages of great adventure and lots of action. No boring parts. I read it in 3 days.
Here's a tidbit of the book to wet your appetite.
A group of some of the greatest mountain climbers is assembled with a great doctor/surgeon Oudot, and support people for the expedition. Local loyal helpers/guides called Sherpas and Coolies to help carry the heavy loads are hired. The leaders Sahibs have as their expedition leader Maurice Herzog. Herzog is seen as brave but sensibly cautious and uses lots of scouting of different routes. A higher mountain was originally thought OK to climb but it is found too dangerous at this time. Scouting more through glaciers around impassable ridges , a hidden valley a route to Annapurna is found. Already they are experiencing bad weather and are in a race with time as Monsoon rains are coming soon. Some routes are found to be no good. Lots of dangers, crevasses, and avalanches. Five ascending camps are set up. The expedition is rapidly breaking down due to health problems.
Herzog and Louise Lachenal make it to the top. All expedition members helped and team work was great. A lot of unselfish people. However Herzog loses his gloves and develops frostbite of the fingers and toes. Lachenal has frostbite of the toes and heal. Some of the others have snow blindness and injuries.Read more ›
Herzog's books make the events exciting, and are clear and it is also easy to follow technical action (how bodies and equipment are twisting and moving on the mountains. And Herzog especially is very epic.
Annapurna is a really incredible book. A good place to start if you want: a good read, to be introduced to mountain climbing, to be introduced to mountain climbing history (Herzog was an important early climber), to know more about climbing.
Herzog's reputation has become somewhat tarnished in recent years. He apparently forced all the other expedition members to sign a contract that granted him full leadership of the expedition, along with rights to publish any and all accounts of the trip for five years following their return. Moreover his iron handed leadership caused near crippling discord within the team.
Nonetheless, Annapurna remains one of the most gripping and inspiring accounts of Himalayan climbing, and is an essential addition to the library of any fan of mountaineering.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was an enjoyable reading material. It kind of had too much of how everything went really well. I would think that there had to be some contraversy in the expedition. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Glacierpoint
I am just starting to read this book by Ed Viesturs. I really enjoyed K2 The Savage Mountain. by Huston and Bates; and Karakoram, First Ascent of Gesherbrum IV, by Fosco... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Adolf Sattelberg
Harrowing beyond belief. Any book in which amputations play a significant role is bound to have you squirming. Read morePublished 5 months ago by VG
Gripping. Makes it agonizingly clear how difficult mountain-climbing in the Himalaya was in the 1950s. Read morePublished 5 months ago by NPR Granola
Didn't get very far with this. After 100 pages, it was still dull. Understand it gets great later on, but I was too turned off to keep plodding along.Published 7 months ago by M. H. Maggio
Classically written and real account entertainment. A great read.Published 7 months ago by rebecca e. wood
This is a classic tale of an expedition-style summit bid. Keep in mind when and why it was written and you'll enjoy it.Published 8 months ago by luv2read