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The Other Side of Everest: Climbing the North Face Through the Killer Storm

Matt Dickinson

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ISBN 10: 0786219653 / ISBN 13: 9780786219650
Published by Thorndike Press, 1999
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Title: The Other Side of Everest: Climbing the ...

Publisher: Thorndike Press

Publication Date: 1999

Book Condition:Fair

Edition: Lrg.

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A filmmaker describes his experiences on an Everest expedition during the storm of 1996 that claimed twelve lives, offering a personal view of the triumphs and risks of mountaineering

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On May 10, 1996, a paralyzing storm killed 12 climbers on Mt. Everest, disfigured many others, and put the peak back on its lofty throne. While the disaster on the South Face has received nearly all of the publicity, most notably in Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air and Anatoli Boukreev's The Climb, The Other Side of Everest details a novice's remarkable ascent through that same storm on the colder and more difficult North Face. With alarming details, author and cameraman Matt Dickinson describes the horror of the extreme altitude and crippling storm: the hunger, pain, fear, and exhaustion. At one point, the party comes face to face with failure: "As we stepped over the legs of the corpse to continue along the Ridge, we crossed an invisible line in the snow--and an invisible line of commitment in our own minds." For most of the journey, it must be said, Dickinson is uncomfortable with himself and his surroundings. But his honesty is refreshing. Through his travails, he develops a reverence for a mountain that demands respect, and as a result, the occasional moments of epiphany so central to the genre still retain a ring of truthfulness. Adventure buffs will welcome this addition to the Everest library. --Ben Tiffany

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