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review The Will to Climb: Obsession and Commitment and the uest to Climb Annapurna--the World's Deadliest Peak Ø eBook or Kindle ePUB The bestselling author of The Mountain and No Shortcuts to the Top chronicles his three attempts to climb the world's tenth highest and statistically deadliest peak while exploring the dramatic and tragic history of others who have madeor attemptedthe ascentAs a high school student Ed Viesturs read and was captivated by the French climber Maurice Herzog's famous and grisly acco. Really enjoyable

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review The Will to Climb: Obsession and Commitment and the uest to Climb Annapurna--the World's Deadliest Peak Ø eBook or Kindle ePUB Bring the extraordinary challenges of Annapurna to vivid life through edge of your seat accounts of the greatest climbs in the mountains history and of his own failed attempts and eventual success In the process Viesturs ponders what Annapurna reveals about some of our most fundamental moral and spiritual uestions uestions he believes that we need to answer to lead our lives we. Ed Viesturs books are all a good read as he always tries to make his books accessible to the non mountaineer and look into why people are driven to risk their lives climbing rather than getting bogged down in technical stuff ie like Touching the Void This was particularly interesting to me given that there are loads of books on Everest and to a lesser extent K2 but not so many on the other great peaks such as Annapurna A great look back at attempts to climb this dangerous mountain 6. La guerre des clans : Une sombre prophétie (06) reveals about some of our most fundamental moral and spiritual uestions uestions he believes that we need to answer to lead our lives we. Ed Viesturs books are all a good Harry Potter, I à VII read as he always tries to make his books accessible to the non mountaineer and look into why people are driven to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory risk their lives climbing La bibliothèque de Poudlard rather than getting bogged down in technical stuff ie like Touching the Void This was particularly interesting to me given that there are loads of books on Everest and to a lesser extent K2 but not so many on the other great peaks such as Annapurna A great look back at attempts to climb this dangerous mountain

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review The Will to Climb: Obsession and Commitment and the uest to Climb Annapurna--the World's Deadliest Peak Ø eBook or Kindle ePUB Unt of the first ascent of Annapurna in When he began his own campaign to climb the world's highest peaks in the late s Viesturs looked forward with trepidation to undertaking Annapurna himself Two failures to summit in and made Annapurna his nemesis His successful ascent was the triumphant capstone of his climbing uest In The Will to Climb Viesturs and co author David Roberts. America s first mountaineer to climb all 14 8000m peaks and twelfth overall all without oxygen Viesturs describes the major events on Annapurna along with his own three attempts featuring his diary entries You should buy this book first and foremost for Viesturs account of the first ascent of the East Ridge by Swiss Erhard Loretan and Norbert Joos in 1984 second for the miraculous survival of Simone Moro and tragic death of Anatoli Bookreev on Christmas Day 1997 third for his own three attempts and eventual success and finally as a history of the main events in Annapurna s history including the first ascent by Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal in 1950 the first ascent of the south face by Dougal Haston and Don Willans on a Chris Bonington British expedition in 1970 the first ascent of the northwest face by Reinhold Messner and Hans Kammerlander in 1985 the first winter ascent by Jerzy Kukuczka and Artur Hajzer in 1987 and the second ascent of the east ridge by J C Lafaille and Alberto Inurrategi in 2002 There are 8 pages of colour photos and a 2 page bw photoThe book starts with Ed describing his attempt to climb Annapurna North Face in 2000 with Veikka Gustafsson Neil Beidleman and Michael Kennedy After witnessing the biggest avalanche any of us had ever seen they decided to give up their attempt because the risks are too greatEd then describes the first ascent of Annapurna in 1950 by Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal chronicled by Herzog in Annapurna the best selling mountaineering book of all time In 2000 Ed s co author for this book David Roberts wrote True Summit a book fairly critical of Herzog stating that the 1950 team was ridden with dissension acrimony and envy and that the book was little than a gilded fairy tale Ed disagrees with David For me Annapurna is still an amazing book essentially a true story and all six of the leading climbers ability to pull together to save one another s lives far outweighs the kinds of suabbles and disagreements David dug up After searching for a route on Dhaulagiri the French team switched their energies to Annapurna Even though the maps of the day were wrong the team managed to find a way to the Annapurna North Face and in just a few days were ready to tackle the summit Herzog was indulging in the kind of ecstasy and stayed on the summit while Lachenal wanted to go down As much as I admire Herzog and empathize with his rapture I have to concede that Lachenal was using better judgment He briefly describes the horror filled descent and escape from the clutches of deathThe authors then describe the first ascent in 1970 of the enormous Annapurna South Face rising in one unbroken gargantuan sweep than 10000 feet from the glacier at its base to the summit Dougal Haston and Don Willans two brilliant climbers with huge egos blazing ambition and sharp tempers reached the summit The British Expedition was led by Chris Bonington who despite his conservative military background has always been a firm proponent of the tell it like it is school of adventure journalism The lead climbers were supported by five good soldiers including Tom Frost who provides some perspective on the expedition For me the day to day details disputes and all painted a complete and accurate picture of expedition life Despite the dissension within the team the ascent of the south face of Annapurna ranks today as one of the geatest deads in Himalayan historyMy favourite chapter is when Ed Viesturs tells the next story of the 1984 ascent of the East Ridge by Erhard Loretan and Norbert Joos After a brief review of the 1978 ascent by an all women s expedition led by Arlene Blum Ed uses Loretan s book Les 8000 Rugissants to tell the story The two Swiss climbers left Base Camp on October 21 and climbed to Camp II and the next day to Camp IV at 7500m a snow cave above Roc Noir They set out on October 23 at 430 reached the Col below the East Summit at 830 and reached the East Summit at 1400 descending in an hour to the col below the central summit at 8020m where they decided to bivouac in a snow cave In a call to base camp they announced their intention of descending by the north face after having reached the principal summit Rather than what was believed to be a desperate last resort Loretan and Joos had pre planned to do the traverse of Annapurna On October 24 they climbed the Central Summit and then had to rappel down a 100m rock cliff that blocked any idea of retreat along the East Ridge They reached the main summit at 1330 We fell into each other s arms A great happiness spread through me The statistician in me told me that we had succeeded today on a new route on Glacier Dome Tarke Kang the third ascent of the Roc Noir Khangsar Kang and the first of the east ridge of Annapurna with its three summits east middle and main to celebrate it would be necessary to arrive on the north side base camp alive and that as the one armed say is another pair of sleeves After only 10 minutes on the summit they started their descent of the north face which neither climber had seen before and bivouacked again at around 6800m On October 25 the men spotted the top end of a fixed rope just 100m below them but below an overhanging wall The descent of those 300 feet would turn out to be the most desperate passage of the whole traverse After reaching the fixed rope the two climbers continued their descent and had to bivouac again before stepping off the glacier at 1300 on October 26 Loretan The doors of hell had just closed behind us enclosing inside them our fears our doubts and our anguish Viesturs There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the 1984 traverse of Annapurna was one of the greatest feats in Himalayan historyIn the next chapter Ed detours to look at competition in mountaineering specifically between Loretan and Benoit Chamoux to be the third person to climb all 14 8000ers In September 1995 Both Loretan and Chamoux were on the south side of Kangchenjunga Loretan arrived a little earlier and was acclimitized and stronger than Chamoux Loretan I understood that Benoit Chamoux was absolutely determined to beat me to the top Both climbers left Camp IV 7800m on October 5 with Loretan s team breaking trail and Chamoux lagging behind Loretan reached the summit at 1435 and passed Chamoux still heading up as he climbed down Chamoux was never seen againJC Lafaille and his mentor Pierre Beghin s attempted the south face of Annapurna in 1992 where Beghin fell to his death The ordeal he endured during the next several days would eventually become one of the most amazing self rescues in mountaineering history After attempts in 1995 and 1998 JC teamed up with Ed Viesturs and Veikka Gustafsson to try the East Ridge in 2002 In Jean Christophe Lafaille I would discover one of the best partners of my mountaineering career Alberto Inurrategi joined the climbing team In May a pattern began to form with J C doing most of the leading on our route In part that was because he was so fast and so technically gifted As J C and Alberto pushed on the East Ridge Ed started getting the heebie jeebies Deep snow on the face not good Veikka and Ed both agonized but finally after hours of silence knew we would go down J C and Alberto completed the East Ridge and reached the summit of Annapurna on May 16 J C There at an altitude of 8091 meters a deep cry of joy of liberation came from the bottom of my lungs We held each other in our arms I started crying my emotions were so strong Alberto clasped Felix s ice ax to his heart They returned along the east ridge to safety with J C s obsesssion with Annapurna finished but with Ed still needing to climb Annapurna for his uest to climb all 14 8000ersEd then describes the competition between Reinhold Messner and Jerzy Kukuczka to become the first person to climb all 14 8000m mountains Messner and Hans Kammerlander climbed a new route with delicate friction moves on rock slabs interspersed with steep snowfields up the northwest face of Annapurna in 1985 Kukuczka and Artur Hajzer climbed the north face reaching the summit in winter on February 23 1987 Kukuczka it is impossible for a moment to get away from that bitter penetrating frost that takes away one s will and hope We climbed on ice so hard that even the tips of our crampons could hardly penetrate itAfter briefly commenting on Anatoli Bookreev and his involvement in the 1996 Everest tragedy Ed takes excerpts from Simone Moro s book Comet on Annapurna to describe Simone Anatoli and Dimitri Sobolev s attempt in December 1997 of a line attacking the fiercely glaciated southwest flank of Annapurna well to the left of all the south face routes After making slow progress in the terrible conditions sinking in snow up to their waists they went down the valley for some R R before heading back up the mountain Moro Above my head there was a terrifying gigantic cornice of snow and ice stretching out like an ocean wave Death was hanging right over our heads A fraction of a second later a deafening roar announced the end of that gigantic cornice and with it our lives Anatoliiiiii That desperate cry was all I could manage before the explosion of ice and rock started pouring down on me After that there followed an interminable phase of bouncing sliding spinning around and round It was 1236 on Christmas Day December 25 1997 Miraculously Moro survived Simone shouted to Anatoli and Demitri but there was no answer Simone himself was in a desperate situation and with shades of J C Lafaille had to throw caution to the wind and descend off the mountain by himselfEd closes the book with his successful ascent of Annapurna with Veikka Gustafsson on May 12 2005 completing his Endeavor 8000 project and becoming the 12 person to climb all 14 8000m peaks They first acclimitized on Cho Oyu to reduce their time spent on Annapurna to an absolute minimum Ed had to forego his summit attempt to help Jimmy Chin sick with pulmonary edema descend from their high camp 7070m while Veikka reached the summit solo They then turned their sights on the 1950 French route on the north face the least of all evils With help from Silvio Mondinelli s Italian Expedition in using their fixed ropes It would mean that we could climb alpine style having to traverse that dangerous face only once on the ascent After waiting for the weather to clear they left base camp on May 8 and climbed to Camp II The next day we had to dash up and across what I called the Gauntlet that frightfully exposed face down which in 2000 we d seen the avalanches pour to Camp III 6800m I was pretty wired the culmination of an eighteen year uest might come the next day After waiting out May 10 and 11 due to high winds the left for the summit early on May 12 The scale of this upper north face was truly monstrous It was 200 PM Veikka and I hugged each other as tightly as we could feeling clumsy with cold My mind was racing Oh my God It s not just my fourteenth it s Annapurna We spent almost an hour on top I wanted to savor every sweet moment of this


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