Sacred Summits [MOBI]
07 March 2014, 07:48
2013 | MOBI | 1.29MB
This book describes Boardman's climbs between December 1978 and November 1979 including the Carstensz Pyramid in New Guinea, the impressive first ascent of Kangchenjunga North Ridge, and the first ascent of the South Summit of Gauri Shankar. The photos are very good. The cover photo is the west ridge of Gauri Shankar.
Pete uses his diaries to tell his inner feelings, and spins a captivating story of the trek to base camp, his silly accident, and the personalities of Doug, Joe and Georges Bettembourg. Boardman, Joe Tasker and Doug Scott made it to the Kangchenjunga summit on May 15, 1979.
Earlier in 1979 an American/Nepalese expedition led by Al Read made the first ascent of the North Summit of Gauri Shankar, with John Roskelley and Dorje Sherpa reaching the summit on May 8, 1979. Boardman then chose to try the West Ridge to the South Summit. This was as long, fine and intricate a ridge climb as has ever been done in the Himalaya, exposed for long sections and demanding sustained care. Boardman, Tim Leach, Guy Neidhardt, and Pemba Lama made it to the summit on November 8, 1979. "The ridge was a cutting edge between light and shade. A mighty barrier, it divided winds and snowstorms, cultures and countries. Also, it was our only delicate support between earth and sky."
Pete Boardman and Joe Tasker disappeared in March 1982 climbing the North East Ridge of Everest. The Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature was established in their memory.
Savage Arena [MOBI]
07 March 2014, 07:42
2013 | MOBI | 2.03MB
The story of Tasker's climbing, to a compelling story of K2 is a must read. Told in an understated way, it nevertheless provides deep insights into what drove him to return again and again to the high mountains.
The Chomolungma Diaries [MOBI]
07 March 2014, 07:36
2012 | MOBI | 1.24MB
Are you tired of reading mountaineering disaster stories which tarnish the reputation of Everest by focusing on all that's negative about climbing it?
Are you longing to read an account that more accurately reflects what a commercial expedition to climb Everest is really like?
You might be forgiven for thinking that Everest has become the playground of glamorous celebrities and multimillionaire businessmen who have difficulty climbing the stairs, never mind a mountain. Many books and news stories about mountaineering disasters leave you thinking that anyone can climb Everest if they pay enough money, and that Sherpas will carry you up if necessary. They conclude that if you put enough of these rich fools together, then tragedy is inevitable, and they take great delight in telling you all about it.
This is not one of those stories, and it aims to dispel those popular myths surrounding Everest. It does so by telling the true story of an ordinary climber on an ordinary commercial expedition to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain.
The reality is that most Everest climbers are not rich at all. They are normal people who have saved up over many years, climbed many mountains, and made career sacrifices and lifestyle choices along the way.
The Chomolungma Diaries is the journal of Mark Horrell's expedition to climb Everest from the north side in 2012, a year when there were many fatalities on the south side. While the world's media were working themselves into a frenzy about the queues of commercial climbers and the personal tragedies taking place on the other side of the mountain, Mark's team were quietly getting on with the job of preparing to summit from the north. It follows the hopes and the disappointments, the excitement and the boredom, the banter and the arguments of a team of ordinary people preparing for the biggest day of their lives; and it highlights the superhuman efforts of the Sherpas in helping them to achieve their dream.
But nothing about Everest is ordinary, and there's more than enough excitement when your life is clipped into a narrow line of cord five miles above the Earth. Those who think Everest is easy have never been up onto the Northeast Ridge and experienced the world's most terrifying ridge walk. This diary will bring you just a little bit closer to that experience.
Ordinary people doing something extraordinary - if you loved Into Thin Air then you will hate this diary!