By Anatoli Boukreev
Contributor note: Galen A. Rowell (Foreword)
Publish 12 months note: First released 2001
When Anatoli Boukreev died at the slopes of Annapurna on Christmas day, 1997, the area misplaced one of many maximum adventurers of our time.
In Above the Clouds, either the fellow and his marvelous 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 hiking, in addition to own reflections on what lifestyles skill to somebody who hazards it on a daily basis. totally illustrated with attractive colour images, Above the Clouds is a distinct and breathtaking examine the area from its such a lot distant peaks.
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