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eBook Everest: Alone at the Summit (Adrenaline) ePub
Author: Stephen Venables
Language: English
ISBN: 1560252898
ISBN13: 978-1560252894
Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press; First Edition edition (September 7, 2000)
Pages: 288
Category: Individual Sports
Subcategory: Outdoors
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 841
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Stephen Venables reached the summit of Mount Everest on May 12, 1988, only the second summit from the Kangshung East side

Stephen Venables reached the summit of Mount Everest on May 12, 1988, only the second summit from the Kangshung East side. Venables descent from the summit in a blizzard is as chilling and frightening as Maurice Herzog's Annapurna, with Stephen having to bivouac just below the summit. At one point in his descent, he sits in the snow and considers just staying there and dying. The story is very exciting.

In 1988, Stephen Venables became the first Briton to summit Everest without oxygen. Everest: Alone at the Summit is the story of his thrilling journey. The Kangshung Face remains the least frequented of Everest’s flanks due to its narrow gullies, hanging glaciers and steep rock buttresses

Meanwhile, Venables reached the summit alone, at . 0 pm. Descending late in the day, he decided to bivouac in the open at about 8,600 metres, rather than risk a fall by. .Everest – Summit of Achievement Bloomsbury 2003.

Meanwhile, Venables reached the summit alone, at . Descending late in the day, he decided to bivouac in the open at about 8,600 metres, rather than risk a fall by continuing in the dark. Anderson and Webster spent the night slightly lower in an abandoned Japanese tent. Ollie: The True Story of a Brief and Courageous Life, Hutchinson, 2006

Alone at the Summit" is a fantastic book about a team of four climbers on the tallest mountain in the world

Alone at the Summit" is a fantastic book about a team of four climbers on the tallest mountain in the world. Against all odds, this team pioneered a route that was one of the last "frontiers" of mountaineering. Much has been said and written about the author's actions and the way he describes the events on Everest.

Five years later, Stephen Venables intensified the challenge by leading .

Five years later, Stephen Venables intensified the challenge by leading three unknown American climbers up the East Face - this time without oxygen. I’ve read a lot of book by people who have climbed Everest but was interested in this one as it’s about an 1988 attempt on the Kangshung Face – Everest’s biggest wall which is approached from the east side in Tibet.

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Alone at the Summit (Adrenaline Classics Series). Published August 15, 2000 by Thunder's Mouth Press. In library, Description and travel, Mountaineering, Mountaineers, Protected DAISY, Biography. Stephen Venables (1954-). Everest, Mount (China and Nepal), Great Britain.

Five years later, Stephen Venables intensified the challenge by leading three unknown American . The question to most climbing experts wasn't whether they would summit, but whether they would live.

Stephen Venables is one of the best-known mountaineers of his generation and the author of EVEREST - ALONE AT THE SUMMIT. Joanna Wright is Curator of Photography at the Royal Geographical Society Picture Library in London

Stephen Venables is one of the best-known mountaineers of his generation and the author of EVEREST - ALONE AT THE SUMMIT. Joanna Wright is Curator of Photography at the Royal Geographical Society Picture Library in London. John Keay is the author of THE GREAT ARC: THE DRAMATIC TALE OF HOW INDIA WAS NAMED.

Every day, the path up the South Col route to the summit of Everest becomes a little more worn by the tread of dozens of package-tour climbers, but few dare to try the East, or Kangshung, Face, a sheer, avalanche-swept wall of snow and ice only first conquered in 1983. Five years later, Stephen Venables intensified the challenge by leading three unknown American climbers up the East Face - this time without oxygen. The question to most climbing experts wasn't whether they would summit, but whether they would live. They nearly didn't Everest: Alone at the Summit is Venables' rousing account of one of the greatest feats of twentieth century mountaineering, a triumph over doubt, the elements and the limits of human endurance that has never been repeated. "Climbers or not, all will be interested in this mountaineering thriller of a tiny band pulling off an incredible victory-an account so stirring it will be put down only to obtain a moment's breather." -- American Alpine Journal
jorik
Initially published as Everest: Kangshung Face. This book starts off almost as a guide book for the trek to the little known and little climbed Everest East, or Kangshung face. The trek is spectacular, with the culmination being the best mountain view in the world in my opinion: Chomolonzo, Makalu, Kangchungtse, Petangtse, Shartse, Lhotse Shar, Lhotse, the South Col, and the dramatic snow covered Everest East Kangshung Face.

The 1988 climb itself is dramatic and dangerous, illustrated with spectacular photos, like one showing a Tyrolean traverse across an enormous crevasse. Stephen Venables reached the summit of Mount Everest on May 12, 1988, only the second summit from the Kangshung East side. Venables descent from the summit in a blizzard is as chilling and frightening as Maurice Herzog's Annapurna, with Stephen having to bivouac just below the summit. At one point in his descent, he sits in the snow and considers just staying there and dying.

The story is very exciting. The photos are excellent.
Геракл
Very well written and very enjoyable. If you love high altitude climbing books, this one is s keeper! Loved it!
Gavinrage
Venables is one of my favorite writers/experts on all things mountaineering. Haven't read anything he's written that I didn't enjoy.
Ungall
Stephens Venables has a writing style that expresses his personality...carefull, exact and disciplined. He makes you feel his experience as if you are with him.
BORZOTA
I gave this book as a gift to an outdoor sportsman. I'm sure he will enjoy reading it very much.
Rainshaper
There are a few types of mountaineering expedition books, and to me, this falls in with a lot of great ones that tell the good and bad of the expedition, but not in order to generate or take advantage of controversy. Stephen Venables doesn't hold back describing his mistakes, or the petty squabbles or even selfishness that is involved with t a group of ambitious climbers wanting to summit Everest - especially a first ascent of a new route.

But the occasional uncharitable thoughts or words he shares with us in no way reflect how he feels about his teammates. He genuinely respects and likes his three teammates, as well as the support crew and Sherpas aiding the team. So we have a very detailed blow-by-blow description of the expedition. Sometimes the narrative runs a little slower, but never to the point where you want to set the book aside, and the adventure works up to a crescendo of excitement and drama as they work towards their summit push..

We even get a good look at what is celled "summit fever" and the realities of it sometimes being every man for himself while under duress and near exhaustion at high altitude.The pictures are all black and white and some of them weren't very illuminating for me, perhaps because I am unfamiliar first hand with mountain landscape, but there are a lot of them that work.

So I think this book joins the canon of excellent mountaineering expedition books, up there with Tasker and Boardman and many others.
Eseve
Many of the reviews of this book berate it because the author got injured and had to be rescued from the base of the mountain. Well, I assume many of these people havn't done much mountain climbing.
The whole lure of mountain climbing is the risk involved. If nothing could ever go wrong when climbing a mountain, then what's the point of doing it? It's the thrill of danger and the challenge of staying a live that makes it so attractive. Stephen Venables met this challenge head on. He had to fight through injuries, exhaustion and the elements to get down the mountain alive and so did his friends. That's nothing to put down, that is what happens when mountaineering. And this was down the East face, the hardest part of Everest to climb.
I thought this was a great book. The author really shows what pushing yourself to the limits in life threatening conditions feels like. This book will go on the shelf with my other top adventure books.
I must add that the author was not rescued at the top of the mountain as people seem to be saying. He was rescued at the base of the mountain in the valley, after climbing down the mountain himself. There's a big big difference there.
"Alone at the Summit" is a fantastic book about a team of four climbers on the tallest mountain in the world. Against all odds, this team pioneered a route that was one of the last "frontiers" of mountaineering. Much has been said and written about the author's actions and the way he describes the events on Everest. First of all, read the book and you will be pleased to find that Venables WAS NOT rescued at the summit of Everest-the ending has not been spoiled. Second, he and the other members of his team overcame a great deal of adversity on this climb-including Venables' bivouac that has kiled a great number of people on Everest. Lastly, everyone involved in mountaineering (climbers, rescuers, etc.) is aware of the great risk involved in the activity. Individuals make a concsious decision to strap on their crampons and head up the mountain. There is no excuse for adding unneccesary risk in this sport, nor is there much room for hubris. "Alone at the Summit" fulfills these requirements. Venables has the right mix of self-responsibility, humor and frustration to make this a balanced book. This one of a few books I recommend for dealing with the power of determination in overcoming adversity.
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