The First Conquest of An 8000-metre Peak (26,493 Feet)

Book - 2010
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One of the great works of mountaineering literature introduced by Joe Simpson.
In 1950, no mountain higher than 8,000 meters had ever been climbed. Maurice Herzog and other members of the French Alpine Club resolved to try. This is the enthralling story of the first conquest of Annapurna and the harrowing descent. With breathtaking courage and grit manifest on every page, Annapurna is one of the greatest adventure stories ever told. As well as an introduction by Joe Simpson, this new edition includes 16 pages of photographs, which provide a remarkable visual record of this legendary expedition.
Publisher: Guildord, CT : Lyons Press, c2010
ISBN: 9780712673938
Branch Call Number: 796.522 HER
Characteristics: xii, 227 p. : ill. ; 23 cm


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Sep 08, 2017

In 1950, Maurice Herzog led a French expedition into Nepal's Kali Gandaki gorge with the intention of scouting and scaling one of the two peaks over eight thousand meters high bordering the canyon. Exploring and finding Dhaulagiri too forbidding, they chose Annapurna, the tenth highest mountain in the world, as their target. Overcoming all obstacles, Herzog and Louis Lachenal became the first men to summit an eight-thousander - at the cost of most of their fingers and toes, which had to be amputated as the result of extreme frostbite. Annapurna is Herzog's conversational account of the expedition, a "record... of men at grips with Nature at her most pitiless... of their sufferings, their hopes and joys."

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