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The Everest disaster made famous clib ‘Into thin air’ by Jon Krakauer has its share of biases and wrong depiction of events, including the role of Anatoly Boukareev who was shown in poor light in the book as relinquishing responsibility and as not one who risked self to save others.

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Account Options Sign in. On May 10,a winter storm decided to attack the world’s highest mountain in spring. And yet, when Boukreev went and buried Scott Fischer, wasn’t it for that very reason, so Fischer wouldn’t be disrespected? The margin of error is very small on top of the world and poor communications can quickly turn deadly. What respect I had for Krakauer limited because he was very unpleasant about one of the women who had climbed with him after sucking up to her enough to chat to her on the phone for hours has plummeted, Boukreev was a hero saving 3 people from certain death, and everything he says is corroborated by fact and sometimes by photograph.

The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest

Rescuing a number of people from certain death, he emerged a hero. Boukreev’s account is more measured and reasoned; Krakauer’s has an underlying passion that drives it and helps to make it such a wonderful read. Of course, he wasn’t there.

Thank goodness Boukreev completed it before his death, because his side of the story is well worth hearing. I repeated again my concerns that we had to encourage self-reliance, and that our contributions to fixing ropes, getting the route ready, were just as important.

Read it in about 48 hours, despite life getting in the way here and there, I could not put this book down. I became utterly consumed by their attempts of survival against the sudden white out from a fast moving weather system.

Posted by Roger Clark at Aug 08, Heather rated it it was ok. Both Scott Fischer and Anatoli Boukreev were mountain junkies – their whole life was predicated around climbing the great peaks of the World, and trying to finance their next adventure.

Some have said Jon Kraukaur’s book “Out of Thin Air” is far more interesting, possibly so as he was a professional writer and looked more to write to entertain and sell, this book was written to correct some misinformation put forward in Kraukaur’s book. This book was incredible. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


What rapidly becomes clear as the pages of The Climb roll on, is that while Fischer may have been a great climber, he was not a great leader. Which account is more truthful?

Krakauer was sent specifically to record events of that year’s climb and was taking notes, so I would tend to give his account the edge. Reading these two together does a number of things: Krakauer unjustly and inexcusably defamed Anatoli Boukreev by painting a false picture of an event that took the lives of five individuals and left many others ravaged and haunted.

At the time it seemed like a win-win situation for both of them – Boukreev climbed and got paid for doing so, and Fischer could advertise his climb as having a head guide who was a true veteran of metre peaks. Martin’s Paperbacks first published Twenty-one times he went to the summit of the world’s highest mountains.

I can’t believe they didn’t stick with their turn-around times. Fischer himself was not in peak form for the climb, he was exhausted, a fact that he covered up as much as he could. The approach is also dictated by the fact that Boukreev’s English wasn’t top notch and he most likely couldn’t relate all the details of his experience to G.

I’m not going to get into the fact that lots of those people shouldn’t have been up there in the first place, or who’s fault that is- but whether or not he liked the role he confessed in an interview he did nothe was a GUIDE, and despite his heroic efforts at the end, and the fact that i was really and truly emotionally moved by his attitude and actions post-disaster Maybe not quite as well written, the book is still essential reading for anyone who wants a better understanding of the disaster.

While Krakauer concentrated on his personal experience, Boukreev gives a wider and more technical account of the expedition.

Anatoli is the man Scott Fischer did not give good leadership to either his clients or his guides. Were there those who thought of themselves more than the group? It also seems that he disliked confrontation, and hated to say no, so that several of the climbers who were at the South Col on May 9 shouldn’t have really been there, owing to their lack of fitness.

Other editions – View all The Climb: I thought it was very worthwhile to get another account of the events ofand I thought Boukreev had a valid reason to want to refute Krakauer’s assertion that he has been derelict in his guiding duties.


When I first read Krakauer’s book I found it an interesting story; but the author himself came across as a jerk, constantly praising himself for his abilities to out-perform the more experienced Nov 21, Petra Eggs rated it it was amazing Shelves: However, I respect Boukreev as a client but don’t feel he made the best guide.

Though I get the need for justification not much mudslinging here thankfullythese passages nonetheless were rather tedious. View all 15 comments. Caught in the well-named Death Zone, so high above sea level that the bodies of climbers who linger there literally start to die, the members of two co The other side of a well-known story: The controversy that Krakauer’s book sparked continues on to this day, more than 15 years after the events themselves.

I have no experience climbing anything larger than small stone and so I have no way to judge the authenticity of either story, but common sense would seem to dictate that both could be right since they are both very personal stories told by the participants, all of whom were under an enormous amount of stress and whose perspective will naturally have been shaped by their very limited personal view of events.

I also felt that Boukreev’s account is more defensive which maybe it ought to be in response to Krakauer’s.

The Climb by Anatoli Boukreev

At a time boukgeev no one else was able or willing to rescue stranded and freezing climbers, Anatoli Boukreev summoned what little strength he had left to search through a blinding and devastating storm for his fellow mountaineers.

This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [How can i download the book free on PDF? This book by G. The mountain is littered with bodies to testify to human error and yet the people keep coming. In that book, Krakauer describes the tragedy that befell the climbers on May 10 from his viewpoint as a climber in the Adventure Consultants team. I didn’t rate this high because its a great piece of literature — its not, the writing is chopppy and bland, but that’s ok, the story jumps out beyond the reporter style writing.

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Crowded conditions, bad judgement, and a bitter storm stopped many climbers in their tracks.