Everest: The West Ridge

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The Mountaineers Books, 1998 - Sports & Recreation - 181 pages
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In one of mountaineering's greatest adventure stories, Tom Hornbein tells of his and Willi Unsoeld's dramatic first ascent of Everest's West Ridge-a route that had been dismissed as hopeless by all previous expeditions. Part of the first successful American expedition, Hornbein and Unsoeld ascended beyond the point of no return to make the summit, and were then forced to bivouac at 28,000 feet without food, shelter, or oxygen. The story of their climb and survival is unforgettably told in Everest: The West Ridge.
 

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Long considered some of the best prose ever written on expeditionary mountaineering, Tom Hornbein's narrative in The West Ridge is so beautifully understated, you never really grasp the full enormity ... Read full review

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For much of the 20th century, American Alpinists were the laughing stock of climbers world round. Until Steve House came around and broke the doors off the floodgates in the early 2000s, Tom Hornbein and Willi Unsoeld's 1963 ascent of Everest's West Ridge was one of the few success stories for American's in the Himalaya. Hornbein crafts an engaging story of an epic first ascent on arguably the proudest line on the world's tallest mountain.  

Contents

1 Beginnings
25
2 Gestation
31
3 Wilderness
43
4 Bouldering
49
5 At Puijan
57
6 Thyangboche
63
7 Jake
75
8 Icefall
81
10 The Lost Weekend
100
11 Our Turn
119
12 A Blusterous Day
131
13 Severing the Cord
143
14 Promises to Keep
158
15 and Miles to Go
168
16 Before I Sleep
177
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9 Reconnaissance
84

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