The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest
Everest, the major motion picture from Universal Pictures, is set for wide release on September 18, 2015. Read The Climb, Anatoli Boukreev (portrayed by Ingvar Sigurðsson in the film) and G. Weston DeWalt s compelling account of those fateful events on Everest.
In May 1996 three expeditions attempted to climb Mount Everest on the Southeast Ridge route pioneered by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953. Crowded conditions slowed their progress. Late in the day twenty-three men and women-including expedition leaders Scott Fischer and Rob Hall-were caught in a ferocious blizzard. Disoriented and out of oxygen, climbers struggled to find their way down the mountain as darkness approached. Alone and climbing blind, Anatoli Boukreev brought climbers back from the edge of certain death. This new edition includes a transcript of the Mountain Madness expedition debriefing recorded five days after the tragedy, as well as G. Weston DeWalt's response to Into Thin Air author Jon Krakauer.
connected to home and language. For at least two months, at the Everest Base Camp and going up and down the mountain, he would live and work alto stay most exclusively in the company of Americans and Sherpas for whom English would be the lingua franca. He'd been practicing his English fairly religiously for the past two years and had come a long way from his earliest expeditions with Americans and climbers from the U.K., when he had relied almost exclusively on hand signals and the fundamentals
climbers and silently wept. . A . . hour from the terminus of the Icefall, on the snow Western Cwm, we had sited our Camp in a place a little higher than we would normally have placed our tents because many expeditions had already clustered their camps in the location we would have preferred. But, the location we chose we felt was safe, placed in a position so that it would not be seriousiy threatened by avalanches. half and ice of the I Mindful of their need to rehydrate and to warm
Boukreev's respect for his effort continued, but his concerns for Schoening's well-being wouldn't go away. Boukreev had hopes that his having to descend would be enough to conat altitude effort. vince Fischer to suggest to Schoening that he make no further ascents. In little more than fifty encountered the body, the fixed ropes to we one hundred meters found ourselves at after we the start of where the route became steeper on the we leave our ropes because the clients didn't have
altitude for the derstand my conasked him what of our members problem with Neal and explained cerns about what Scott had said. I replied simply, saying repeated again encourage self-reliance, my con- and that our contributions to fixing ropes, getting the route ready, were just as important. About this Neal disagreed, saying that we had enough Sherpas to do this job. told Neal that thought, judging by our current situation, we were going to fall behind in the establishment of our
not-sogood place. The traction had with my cleats on the hard ice covered in fresh snow was not good, and had to be clothing and a high-altitude tent. As I ters I I I I I I I I I deliberate when I placed my feet. At times the visibility was down to one to two meters, but the force of the wind would sometimes sculpt a hole in the weather. In one of those holes, just below the proposed site of Camp III, Boukreev saw the Mountain Madness Sherpas descending. Surprised to see them