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Anatoli Boukreev was one of the world's foremost high-altitude mountaineers. Twenty-one times he went to the summit of the world's highest mountains. For his heroic actions on Mount Everest in May 1996, he was awarded the American Alpine Club's highest honor, the David A. Sowles Memorial Award. He died in an avalanche while climbing in Nepal on December 25,1997. G. Weston Dewalt is a writer and a documentary filmmaker whose work has been aired on PBS. He divides his time between Santa Fe, New Mexico, and London.

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Boukreev, a Russian mountaineer and guide who survived the ill-fated Everest expedition (recounted in Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air, LJ 4/1/97), tells of his efforts to save fellow climbers. In Krakauer's account, Boukreev is characterized as cowardly. Can he set the record straight?

Boukreev was the lead guide for the expedition to Mt. Everest in spring 1996 led by the American Scott Fischer, owner of Mountain Madness, an outdoor adventure company based in Seattle. Like Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer's bestselling chronicle of the same expedition, this account is a gripping account of the Mountain Madness group's bid to reach the top of the world's highest peak, one that combines Boukreev's firsthand recollections and DeWalt's interviews with team members. But Boukreev and DeWalt, a freelance journalist, also offer a look at the mundane tasks associated with climbing, such as obtaining the necessary permits and equipment, and taking the reader through the complex preparations required to scale the mountain, including the establishment of various camps and the acclimatization process required for climbers to adjust to higher altitudes. After steadily moving up the mountain for several days and beginning its final ascent to the summit, the Mountain Madness team encountered an expedition led by Rob Hall, which delayed their ascent. While most of the Mountain Madness clients reached the summit, many did so at a late hour; as they began their descent, they were hit by a fierce snowstorm and darkness fell. Fischer, Hall and three other climbers lost their lives. Boukreev, who claims to have helped save the Mountain Madness climbers who survived, convincingly refutes suggestions made by Krakauer that Boukreev was partly responsible for the deaths that occurred on the mountain that night. This powerful tale will make climbers who are interested in scaling Everest think twice about donning their boots. Photos not seen by PW (Dec.) FYI: Broughton Coburn's October book from National Geographic, Everest: Mountain Without Mercy (Forecasts, Sept. 29, 1997), also offers new insight into the Fischer/Hall climb.

"Powerful...a breath of brisk, sometimes bitter clarity...Boukreev did the one thing that denies the void. He took action. He chose danger, and he saved lives." --The New York Times Book Review "Boukreev heroically rescued several climbers from certain death...[The Climb] gives an excellent account of the May 1996 disaster." --Chicago Tribune "Compelling...[The Climb] has a ring of authenticity that challenges the slickly written Into Thin Air." --Minneapolis Star Tribune "Provocative...compelling reading, both as an adventure and a spiritual reckoning." --The New Mexican "Boukreev acted with extraordinary heroism...[In The Climb] first-person anecdotes, plus excerpts from taped base-camp interviews, are skillfully fleshed out by coauthor G. Weston DeWalt." --Rock & Ice Magazine "The Boukreev that emerges from this book is a thoughtful, articulate, even poetic man whose philosophy of life and mountaineering was uniquely his own." --Ed Viesters, in The Will to Climb Powerful...a breath of brisk, sometimes bitter clarity...Boukreev did the one thing that denies the void. He took action. He chose danger, and he saved lives. The New York Times Book Review Boukreev heroically rescued several climbers from certain death...[The Climb] gives an excellent account of the May 1996 disaster. Chicago Tribune Compelling...[The Climb] has a ring of authenticity that challenges the slickly written Into Thin Air. Minneapolis Star Tribune Provocative...compelling reading, both as an adventure and a spiritual reckoning. The New Mexican Boukreev acted with extraordinary heroism...[In The Climb] first-person anecdotes, plus excerpts from taped base-camp interviews, are skillfully fleshed out by coauthor G. Weston DeWalt. Rock & Ice Magazine The Boukreev that emerges from this book is a thoughtful, articulate, even poetic man whose philosophy of life and mountaineering was uniquely his own. Ed Viesters, in The Will to Climb " Powerful...a breath of brisk, sometimes bitter clarity...Boukreev did the one thing that denies the void. He took action. He chose danger, and he saved lives. "The New York Times Book Review" Boukreev heroically rescued several climbers from certain death...["The Climb"] gives an excellent account of the May 1996 disaster. "Chicago Tribune" Compelling...["The Climb"] has a ring of authenticity that challenges the slickly written "Into Thin Air." "Minneapolis Star Tribune" Provocative...compelling reading, both as an adventure and a spiritual reckoning. "The New Mexican" Boukreev acted with extraordinary heroism...[In "The Climb"] first-person anecdotes, plus excerpts from taped base-camp interviews, are skillfully fleshed out by coauthor G. Weston DeWalt. "Rock & Ice Magazine" The Boukreev that emerges from this book is a thoughtful, articulate, even poetic man whose philosophy of life and mountaineering was uniquely his own. "Ed Viesters, in The Will to Climb"" "Powerful...a breath of brisk, sometimes bitter clarity...Boukreev did the one thing that denies the void. He took action. He chose danger, and he saved lives." --"The New York Times Book Review" "Boukreev heroically rescued several climbers from certain death...["The Climb"] gives an excellent account of the May 1996 disaster." --"Chicago Tribune" "Compelling...["The Climb"] has a ring of authenticity that challenges the slickly written "Into Thin Air."" --"Minneapolis Star Tribune" "Provocative...compelling reading, both as an adventure and a spiritual reckoning." --"The New Mexican" "Boukreev acted with extraordinary heroism...[In "The Climb"] first-person anecdotes, plus excerpts from taped base-camp interviews, are skillfully fleshed out by coauthor G. Weston DeWalt." --"Rock & Ice Magazine"

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