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Everest : alone at the summit : a survival story
Venables, Stephen, 1954-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Thunder Mouth Press : Balliett & Fitzgerlad ; [Emeryville, CA] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, [2000]

Physical Description:
xxiii, 262 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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Material Type
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GV199.44.E85 V34 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
GV199.44.E85 V34 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
GV199.44.E85 V34 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
GV199.44.E85 V34 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Every day, the path up the South Col route to the summit of Everest becomes a little more worn by the tread of dozens of package-tour climbers, but few dare to try the East, or Kangshung, Face, a sheer, avalanche-swept wall of snow and ice only first conquered in 1983. Five years later, Stephen Venables intensified the challenge by leading three unknown American climbers up the East Face - this time without oxygen. The question to most climbing experts wasn't whether they would summit, but whether they would live. They nearly didn't Everest: Alone at the Summit is Venables' rousing account of one of the greatest feats of twentieth century mountaineering, a triumph over doubt, the elements and the limits of human endurance that has never been repeated. "Climbers or not, all will be interested in this mountaineering thriller of a tiny band pulling off an incredible victory-an account so stirring it will be put down only to obtain a moment's breather." -- American Alpine Journal

Author Notes

Stephen Venables (born 1954) started climbing while a student at Oxford. He has made many first ascents of peaks in the Himalaya, Patagonia and elsewhere, and was the first Briton to climb Everest without oxygen

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Library Journal Review

British author Venables (Painted Mountains) specializes in alpine-style climbing, in which small numbers of climbers rapidly scale peaks with a minimum of equipment and support. This method differs drastically from the more common siege-style climbs, which rely on larger groups using porters to establish a series of successively higher, well-stocked camps. This work was written immediately after Venables and three other climbers attempted a new route up the most dramatic face of the world's highest mountain without supplemental oxygen. Originally published in England in 1989 as Everest: Kangshung Face, this fast-paced account will appeal to both the armchair adventurer who devoured Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air (LJ 4/1/97) and the seasoned mountaineer. Extremely well illustrated and with several appendixes, including a comprehensive history of high-altitude climbs that eschewed supplemental oxygen, this is recommended for all mountaineering/outdoor adventure collections.DTim Markus, Evergreen State Coll. Lib., Olympia, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Stephen VenablesClint Willis
Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. xi
Maps and Diagramsp. xv
Chapter 1 After the Stormp. 1
Chapter 2 From Ocean to Plateaup. 19
Chapter 3 The Kharta Valleyp. 36
Chapter 4 Langma Lap. 51
Chapter 5 Neverest Buttressp. 75
Chapter 6 The Crevassep. 103
Chapter 7 Snakes and Laddersp. 122
Chapter 8 South Colp. 140
Chapter 9 Summit Feverp. 160
Chapter 10 Escapep. 187
Chapter 11 A Gentler Spiritp. 207
Epiloguep. 223
I Expedition Membersp. 227
II Expedition Diaryp. 229
III Climbing at Extreme Altitude Without Supplementary Oxygen [circa 1988]p. 234
IV The Expedition Sponsorsp. 247
Acknowledgementsp. 253
Indexp. 255