In , no mountain higher than 8, meters had ever been climbed. Annapurna is subtitled First Conquest of an Meter Peak and is the account of. Annapurna is the unforgettable account of this heroic climb and of its harrowing aftermath, including a nightmare descent of frostbite, snow blindness, and near. One of the great works of mountaineering literatureWITH AN INTRODUCTION BY JOE SIMPSONIn , no mountain higher than meters.

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Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Annapurna is the unforgettable account of this dramatic and heroic climb, and of its harrowing aftermath. Highly recommended to fans of mountain climbing books. I had to re-read it yet again following David Robert’s “True Summit” to see if my younger selves missed something obvious.

The only flaw in the Kindle edition, although I have to consider it a serious one, is the lack of the many maps and photographs that were included in the original hard copy. Although Herzog and his comrade Louis Lachenal reached the mountain’s summit, their descent was a nightmare of frostbite, snow blindness, and near death. It surely was a huge Caution: But still they persisted, suffering greatly though.

Each danger, and the actual pain in climbing even one of the many obstacles they covered would be too realistic for some one without actual mountaineering experience at such terrains to imagine.

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He was the first firsy to summit an 8,meter peak Annapurna in Five star for the high adventure, one star for how the the expedition team treated the locals.

The missing maps in particular made visualizing the descriptions of the expedition locations and routes almost impossible. Their arrogance and narcissism is incredible, but I understand it and was riveted by the book. No roads, no embassies except the British Embassyso very little exchange abnapurna the outside world.

Still, completely engaging and despite the pain and hardship you really get a sense of why people do this.

Maurice Herzog led an expedition of Conquets climbers to the summit of this 26,foot Himalayan peak in May 05, Sundeep Supertramp rated it really liked it Shelves: The coolies and Sherpas did far more work than the rest of them and by the end they were even forcibly recruiting coolies.

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No one had climbed Annapurna before, and there weren’t even dependable maps of the region; the existing maps were lethally misleading – or could have been, in lesser hands. The answer is NO. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Having said this, once the team does get to Annapurna and starts climbing, as well as the subsequent devastating outcomes of the climb, I found the book became much more interesting and accessible.


Maurice Herzog and other members of the French Alpine Club resolved to try. This is the enthralling story of the first conquest of Annapurna and the harrowing descent. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Frenchman Herzog led the first summitting of an 8,meter peak, dictating his story because he had lost all his fingers to frostbite.

Jul 15, Kenneth rated it it was amazing. I will not think twice if my expedition leader thinks that it is worth going for.

cinquest This diaphanous landscape, this quintessence of purity–these were not the mountains I knew: The casual racism toward the Sherpas and ‘Coolies’ is tough to read; Herzog comes off as super paternalistic. The interior monologue of the summiting experience rivals Beryl Markham at her best.

But when one thinks about what would have crossed their minds, you only feel great respect for them. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

Dec 27, Please try again later. Mar 14, PDXReader rated it really liked it.