By Anatoli Boukreev
Filenote: PDF is searchable picture ocr, 312 pages with back and front hide and inside of flaps
Contributor note: Galen A. Rowell (Foreword)
Publish yr note: First released 2001. reproduction is First version, 2001
When Anatoli Boukreev died at the slopes of Annapurna on Christmas day, 1997, the realm misplaced one of many maximum adventurers of our time.
In Above the Clouds, either the fellow and his outstanding climbs on Mt. McKinley, K2, Makalu, Manaslu, and Everest-including his diary entries at the notorious 1996 catastrophe, written presently after his return-are immortalized. There are also minute technical information about the ability of climbing, in addition to own reflections on what lifestyles skill to an individual who hazards it on a daily basis. absolutely illustrated with stunning colour photographs, Above the Clouds is a different and breathtaking examine the realm from its such a lot distant peaks.
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Extra resources for Above the Clouds: The Diaries of a High-Altitude Mountaineer
To myself the No one could of endurance and speed in the He was a fanatical sportsman, strictly training achis own schedule. Several times due to accident or severe illness back. Illinski to join the club as a civilian. first stand The I thought his career was over, but always he came — On our teams when complicated situations arose situations which not always predictable or preventable in are the high mountains those —Anatoli always had the strength and willingness to help. His character was not simple; he was very thorough in everything he decided to undertake.
The family's income was dependent on industry, discipline, Korkino and the musical instruments; later at home. He on he became his beautiful singing his work. In a his father. man tell me news that sad and objects, shoemaker. His skill as a voice softened the austerity of in January of 1996, he mourned, so steady and generous of life way December of 1995 Nikolai died in When Anatoli while his middle son was in Nepal climbing Manaslu. called to a small infected his son with a love of music. Singing was a remembered Anatoli of he repaired clocks, mechanical street kiosk, musician and fastidious quality his spirit I imagined the he could sing love song to his wife of forty-five years before he slipped a away into death's quietness.
He was proud of that. Soviet mountaineering had a respectable fifty-year history. In the 1950s the 8,000-meter peaks in the world were about as accessible as outer space. Everest and other high peaks challenged the imagination of individuals and nations. At the same time, training was hard to come go a The by. long way to find at high altitude Americans, Europeans, and the British had to a mountain higher than Soviets had a great geographic advantage. five thousand meters. Locked up behind the Iron Curtain, in the endless ranges of the Pamirs and Tien Shan tains, were unnumbered peaks higher than giants higher than seven six thousand meters.