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Everest: The West Ridge

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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. The accomplishment has taken its place in the history of Himalayan mountaineering and this account is now among the classics of mountaineering literature. In this third edition, Hornbein's sensitive text is accented by 48 pages of superb photos, a foreword by Everest veteran Doug Scott, and introduction by Will Siri, with a new preface by the author.

  • Forty-eight pages of color photos
  • Features dialogues and radio conversations recorded during the expedition
  • Includes a chronology of events and expedition member list

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Author Thomas F. Hornbein