Ultimate High: My Everest Odyssey

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Discovery Books, 1999 - Travel - 227 pages
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Goran Kropp, a Swedish adventurer, set out from Stockholm, Sweden on a Crescent Ultima bicycle and traveled 5 months and 8,000 miles carrying 240 lbs. of gear with him. He ascended Mt. Everest in May 1996, unassisted and without the use of supplemental oxygen, days after the tragedy that claimed 8 climbers. He then returned to Stockholm on his bicycle. The entire trip took one year. This is his account of his training, preparation, and accomplishment of the most self-sufficient combined approach and climb of Mt. Everest ever. Kropp has a tremendous zest for life and has been mountain climbing since he was a child. His philosophy is to approach the mountains on their own terms.

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ULTIMATE HIGH: My Solo Ascent of Everest

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A ham-handed account of what had all the ingredients to be a gripping adventure tale—Sweden to Kathmandu by bicycle, trek to Everest, climb, return by same route—from Kropp, the second person to ... Read full review

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This memoir was written by the adventurer who, in 1995-96, rode his bike from his front door in Sweden all the way to Mount Everest, then reached the summit without oxygen. He died rock-climbing in eastern Washington in 2002. Read full review


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About the author (1999)

Göran Kropp first climbed a mountain at age six, but did not develop a passion for the sport until joining the military after high school. With single-minded pursuit, he devoted his life to training and the quest for mountain conquests, achieving his first high-altitude climb in 1988. In 1993, Kropp became the second person to reach the summit of K2, the second-highest mountain in the world, without supplemental oxygen. He followed his record-breaking feat chronicled here with a May 1999 cleanup project on Everest, in which he collected empty oxygen bottles and other debris piled there, and summitted once again. For his next adventure, he plans to sail from Sweden to the Antarctic and ski to the South Pole.

David Lagercrantz is a freelance journalist in Sweden.

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