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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh bouukreev try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — The Climb by Anatoli Boukreev. Tragic Ambitions on Everest by Anatoli Boukreev. As the climbers of the Mt. Everest disaster vanished into thin air, one man had the courage to bring them down alive On May 10,two commercial expeditions headed by expert leaders attempted to scale the world’s largest peak.

But things went terribly wrong. Crowded conditions, bad judgement, and a bitter storm stopped many climbers in their tracks. Others were left for dead, or stranded on the frigid mountain. Anatoli Boukreev, head climbing guide for the Mountain Madness expedition, stepped into the heart of the storm and brought three of his clients down alive.

Here is his amazing story-of an expedition fated for disaster, boukerev 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. Mass Market Paperbackpages. Published July 15th by St. Martin’s Paperbacks first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Climbplease sign up.

This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [How can i download the book free on PDF? See 1 question about The Climb…. Lists with This Book. Nov 21, Petra Eggs rated it it was amazing Shelves: Contrast this with Krakauer’s Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster view spoiler [I searched for Jon Krakauer and then Into Thin Air and finally on the 6th screen the book with a cover came up. What’s with this crappy search engine?

What respect I cilmb for Krakauer limited because he was very unpleasant about one of the women who had climbed with him after sucking up to her enough to chat to her on the phone for hours has plummeted, Boukreev was a hero saving 3 people from certain death, and everything he says is corroborated by fact and sometimes by photograph.

View all 4 comments. Aug 15, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: After having read Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer, I had an impression of this particular Everest expedition that, as I have found out, is completely erroneous.

Krakauer unjustly and inexcusably defamed Bourkeev Boukreev by painting a false picture of an event that took the lives of five individuals and left many others ravaged and haunted. This book, The Climb, presents information as gathered by the Everest team itself and Mr.

Not only was Anatoli Boukreev unjustly accused of wrongdoing, he was shockingly unheralded for his heroic efforts immediately following the disaster. At a time when no one else was able or willing to rescue stranded and freezing climbers, Anatoli Boukreev summoned what little strength he had left to search through a blinding and devastating storm for his fellow mountaineers.

Without his aid, there would have been many more than five deaths on Everest that day. He remained, until his death inincredibly humble regarding his fantastic achievements and stoically respectful of the mountains he lived and died in.


This book was incredible. Well written, honest, and enthralling. Boukreev bravely explains the occurrences of the difficult expedition and thoroughly incorporated the events as recounted by his fellow climbers.

While detailing the expedition, Boukreev and DeWalt boukreeg examine many of the clim developments in commercial expeditions. The business is booming and, unfortunately, that has meant many climbers boukrefv Everest and other harrowing peaks with less-than-minimal experience and questionable motives. For me, this book ultimately brought honesty and closure to a highly publicized and scrutinized expedition on Everest.

While Boukreev had over twenty years boukrewv high-altitude training and experience including previous Everest summits, Jon Krakauer was simply a disgruntled writer with minimal qualifications to climb a dangerous peak.

Krakauer will forever be questioned in my clijb as an honest and impartial journalist. Boukreev, however, has my deepest respect. View all 12 comments. Aug 08, Heather rated it it was ok. Interesting to see the counter-story, but without a doubt, Krakauer’s has far more factual backing and truthfully presented research. This book was self-serving to a point of failing factually and that is DeWalt’s fault, not Boukreev’s Since many people reviewing this book are using the space to argue Boukreevs skill and character, incorrectly assuming that this validates his account, I wanted to address some of those ideas.

Some reviewers are failing to realize a few very important things, Interesting to see the counter-story, but without a doubt, Krakauer’s has far more factual backing and truthfully presented bkukreev. Some reviewers are failing to realize a few very important things, the first being a phenomenal climber DOES NOT necessarily make a phenomenal guide- in fact, guiding and climbing are two very different things!!!

Next, I see a lot of people giving credit rightfully so to Boukreev for his undeniably heroic efforts in the early morning of the May 11th. BUT, how could anyone forget!?? Yes, Hall and Scott were derelict in many ways in their leadership roles, but Boukreev made decisions early-on that directly jeopardized the safety of his entire team- and for one of those decisions in my opinion the worst -within this novel, he had NO meaningful rebuttal.

Look, I’m an outdoor guide, nowhere remotely near the level of guiding 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!!!!

Boukreev, however, doesn’t get that asterisk next to his error: I’m not going to get into the fact that lots of those people shouldn’t have been up there in the first place, or who’s fault that is- but whether or not he liked the role he confessed in an interview he did nothe was a GUIDE, and despite his heroic efforts at the end, and the fact that i was really and truly emotionally moved by his attitude and actions post-disaster View all 15 comments.

Dec 19, Myke rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Anatoli is the man I’ve read a lot of comments others have written about this book, and how many people say that Krakauer’s book is so much more entertaining and blah blah blah I look for validity in non-fiction. I happen to believe a man who’s been climbing since he was a teenager and has the resume that Bourkreev has, he also seems to be a man of more action than words.

Lets not clmb that Krakauer is a writer and has to sell books. Anatoli deserves more credit th Anatoli is the man Anatoli deserves more credit than he got in “Into Thin Air.


I couldn’t get through Into the wild without him throwing around all his experience and drawing boukrsev with Christopher McCandless. I lost a lot of respect for Krakauer after reading the climb. I’m sure he’s a good climber, but he was nothing compared to Anatoli.

There is another tbe of this story written by the Tai camp that was on the mountain at the same time. As well as Lene Gammelgaard who was in the Mountain Madness expidition with Anatoli also wrote a book.

Note how many stars it was given. I never give 5 stars to a book. View all 16 comments. Dec 03, John rated it really liked it. A fascinating account of what happened on Mount Everest in May of Written in response to Jon Krakauer’s tthe Thin Air” Anatoli Booukreev defends his climbing without oxygen and going on ahead of his team to reach the summit.

His best reply, I thought, was his answer to Krakauer’s criticism about not using oxygen. When the stragglers did not show up at base camp, Boukreev describes how he went back out into the white out and saved several people, while Krakauer simply bokureev to sleep in his A fascinating account of what happened on Mount Everest in May of When the stragglers did not show up at base camp, Boukreev describes how he went back out into the white out and saved several people, while Krakauer simply went to sleep in his tent.

True, Boukreev was a guide, and Krakauer a client, but this was a life or death situation, and Krakuer quesitoned Boukreev’s judgement and commitment, when in fact it was Anatoli Boukreev, not Krakauer, who had the strength and skill to respond to the emergency and save others.

View all 6 comments. Now Boukkreev attempt is something else entirely. I’m reading Into the Silence: Everest Disaster and very much liked it. This book was presented by some as an alternative, or rebuttal, to Krakauer’s account.

The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest

I have no experience climbing anything larger than small stone and so I have no way to judge the authenticity of either story, but common sense would seem bouoreev dictate that both could be right since they are both very personal stories told by the participants, all of whom were under an enormous amount of stress and whose perspective will naturally have been shaped by their very limited personal view of events.

Krakauer was sent specifically to record events of that year’s climb and was taking notes, so I would tend to give his account the edge. When it comes right down to it, I don’t remember any substantial discrepancies between the two books and suspect that much of the controversy is manufactured for PR purposes. Much of that comes from the co-author DeWitt who tells Boukareev’s story.

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

In both versions he is portrayed as a hero; DeWitt’s account just feels a bit manufactured. Of course, he wasn’t there. Boukreev’s account is more measured and reasoned; Krakauer’s has an underlying passion that drives it and helps to make it such a wonderful read. Read both of them.