A Day to Die For: 1996: Everest's Worst Disaster - One Survivor's Personal Journey to Uncover the Truth

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Random House, Feb 3, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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On the night of 10-11 May 1996, eight climbers perished in what remains the worst disaster in Everest's history. Following the tragedy, numerous accounts were published, with Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air becoming an international bestseller. But has the whole story been told?

A Day to Die For reveals the full, startling facts that led to the tragedy. Graham Ratcliffe, the first British climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest twice, was a first-hand witness, having spent the night on Everest's South Col at 26,000 ft, sheltering from the deadly storm. For years, he has shouldered a burden of guilt, feeling that he and his teammates could have saved lives that fateful night. His quest for answers has led to discoveries so important to an understanding of the disaster that he now questions why these facts were not made public sooner.

History is dotted with high-profile disasters that both horrify and capture the attention of the public, but very rarely is our view of them revised to such devastating effect.

 

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User Review  - jan.fleming - LibraryThing

On the night of 10-11 May 1996, eight climbers perished in what remains the worst disaster in Everest's history. Following the tragedy, numerous accounts were published, with Jon Krakauer's Into Thin ... Read full review

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User Review  - willclose-ash - LibraryThing

An interesting account of the events that led to the deaths of several climbers in 1996. The book starts with an interesting few chapters. After a while, you do begin to think that Ratcliffe is like a dog with a bone and perhaps should just let go. Read full review

Contents

Ascending into Turmoil
Summit
Never a Dull Moment
The PathsWeChoose Tyneside to Argentina
The Mountain Airstrip at Lukla
Everest Base Camp
Into the Western Cwm The UpwardMove Stepping Beyondthe Line of Better Judgement
Evacuation
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About the author (2011)

Married with two daughters, Graham Ratcliffe now divides his time between his homes in North Shields and the south-east of France. In 1998, he was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

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