In , no mountain higher than 8, meters had ever been climbed. Annapurna is subtitled First Conquest of an Meter Peak and is the account of. Annapurna is the unforgettable account of this heroic climb and of its harrowing aftermath, including a nightmare descent of frostbite, snow blindness, and near. One of the great works of mountaineering literatureWITH AN INTRODUCTION BY JOE SIMPSONIn , no mountain higher than meters.

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Other editions – View all Annapurna: View all 7 comments. I’m not a climber — I’m a tea shop trekker. Review “After being swept off his feet by an avalanche and left dangling by a rope around his neck, Herzog began to pass firstt, violently and uncontrollably.

From being “lost” between two of the iconic 14 peaks of the Himalaya with totally mistaken maps, to the intuitions and skills that would plot a route, to the supreme efforts to haul supplies, to the beauty and glory of the summit achievement, to the excruciating details of ov descent and retreat from the mountains, this book has it all.

Share your thoughts with other customers. It was becoming pretty obvious from the analysis of Herzog himself that the weather is uncertain, it will od highly dangerous to carry on climbing that too with little pieces of information they had about climbing Annapurna.

Also, the extensive use of Sherpas and others natives hired to carry equipment make one realize what a monumental task this was in Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. But it is not over yet, they are very far and about meters away form the civilization.


At this point, Herzog looked like an elite mountaineer who knew what to do when and how to go about it. A workmanlike, conscientious book, giving a strong sense of what mountaineering was like before the modern era of heavily researched and technologically equipped mountain-climbing.

This allowed me more time, however, to reflect. Herzog and his team not only had to climb the darn thing, they had to find the route. It takes days of trekking to find the correct area and more time to find a route to the mountain itself.

The adventure nearly cost them their lives. Jul 15, Kenneth rated it it was amazing. This diaphanous landscape, this quintessence of purity–these were not the mountains I knew: This book is as good a way as any to get a look.

Annapurna by Maurice Herzog

It is unimaginable and hence tears ones heart apart to accept such notions. I’m not quite sure. In this book too, Herzog climbed and acclaimed glory but at what cost?

Herzog and his team not only had to climb the darn thing, they had to find the route. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Herzog’s account of the mentality of climbers, as he and his partner sit huddled a few hundred metres from the summit peam effectively making an all or nothing dash, is stunning and poetic.

This allowed me more time, however, to reflect. Annapurna reminded me of Three Cups annapuna Tea, in that it was a great story that could have been better written.


I had recently had the desire to re-read this exciting story and purchased the Kindle edition. Aside from the impressiveness of the physical challenge I question some of the decisions made high up on the mountain. To see what your friends pf of this book, please sign up.

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Will this even qualify as a true summit? Modern expeditions would probably never have attempted this and I was knackered just reading about it! This is a fabulous book and thrilling read. They carried no supplemental oxygen.

8000-mete Submit to Film Festivals. He and his team were the first. This book gives account of French expedition to Annapurna, where they have to actually locate the mountain first before climbing it.

It was a thoroughly planned and supplied group. Will I ever want to risk all that I have for one summit?

Annapurna: The First Conquest of an 8,000-Meter Peak

This account was good at illustrating the mindset of people who will go on these adventures. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

This was one of the first adult books I read as a child about 60 yrs ago. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.