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Everest the Cruel Way: Climbing Mount Everest at its hardest: the 1980 winter attempt on the infamous west ridge [Format Kindle]

Joe Tasker , Chris Bonington

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On 30 January 1981 Joe Tasker and Ade Burgess stood at 24,000 feet on the west ridge of Mount Everest. Below them were their companions, some exhausted, some crippled by illness, all virtually incapacitated. Further progress seemed impossible. Everest the Cruel Way is Joe Tasker’s story of an attempt to climb the highest mountain on earth – an attempt which pushed a group of Britain’s finest mountaineers to their limits. The goal had been to climb Mount Everest at its hardest: via the infamous west ridge, without supplementary oxygen and in winter. Tasker’s epic account vividly describes experiences which no climber had previously endured. Close up and personal, it is a gripping account of day to day life on expedition and of the struggle to live at high altitude. Joe Tasker was one of Britain’s best mountaineers. He was a pioneer of lightweight, Alpine-style climbing in the Greater Ranges and had a special talent for writing. He died, along with his friend Peter Boardman, high on Everest in 1982 while attempting a new and unclimbed line. Both men were superb mountaineers and talented writers.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1808 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 160 pages
  • Editeur : Vertebrate Digital (1 octobre 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Intense and Intimate Account of High Altitude Mountaineering 29 août 2014
Par D - Publié sur Amazon.com
A gripping read by a talented author made poignant by his untimely death on Everest a year or so later. The etext was full of punctuation errors.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Another good expedition account from Tasker 8 juillet 2015
Par Peter E. McGinn - Publié sur Amazon.com
I enjoyed this account of a winter Mt. Everest expedition, though not as much as I did Tasker's earlier book, "Savage Arena." I am not even sure why, except that this book seem slightly less personal and more of an "official" expedition book rather than a personal narrative. There are personal elements for sure, but - well, like I said, I am not even sure exactly why.

But it is just a slight difference for me, and still makes this book much better than most of the mountaineering books I have read. I like his apparent honesty in admitting his own failings, both physical at times of extreme technical difficulties or emotional in getting along with climbing teammates. This book starts out a bit dry with some history and an overview of Everest, but it soon picks up speed, so stick with it.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Poor grammar makes this a "cruel" read. 10 février 2015
Par Patent Maven - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I cannot recommend this book. The grammar is absolutely atrocious to the point of making it "cruel" to read. For example, the author sprinkles commas so indiscriminately that it is difficult to read even a single paragraph without getting frustrated. In addition, the scene changes from Camp 1 to Camp 3 and back again with no warning, so one never quite knows where the action is taking place. Of course, this should take nothing away from Joe Tasker' incredible skill and bravery and his tragic death on Everest.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Astonishing brutal account 18 juillet 2015
Par A. Williams - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A wonderful book for anyone fascinated by the history of climbing. This story of an attempt to climb Everest in winter is totally absorbing, especially given the fact that author Joe Tasker was to die on the mountain a few years later. It's a great insight into what it's like to be a part of a small expedition. The tensions and closeness between the climbers, their relations with other teams, and problems with support staff are all issues along with the hardships ( understatement!) of the climbing.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Everest West Ridge 1 avril 2014
Par Suzanne Collins - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Loved this book. Climbers made a huge effort to climb Everest West Ridge in winter. Wonderful details of the climb with the terrible winds and snows, snow caves to try to survive in, and various illnesses plagued the expedition. After 3 months, they had to make a decision as to whether to continue trying to summit. Read the book to see if they were successful or not!
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