The Climb (book)

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The Climb
Climb cover.jpg
Author Anatoli Boukreev
G. Weston DeWalt
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Subject 1996 Everest Disaster
Genre Non-fiction
Publisher St. Martin's Press
Publication date
June 28, 1997
Media type Print
ISBN 0312168144

The Climb (1997), republished as The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest, is an account by Russian-Kazakhstani mountaineer Anatoli Boukreev of the 1996 Everest Disaster, during which eight climbers died on the mountain.[1] The co-author, G. Weston DeWalt—who was not part of the expedition—provides accounts from other climbers and ties together the narrative of Boukreev's logbook.

The book is also partially a response to Jon Krakauer's account of the same 1996 Everest climb in his book Into Thin Air (1997), which appeared to criticize some of Boukreev's actions during the climb.[2]

After The Climb was published, DeWalt leveled many public criticisms at Krakauer concerning the accuracy of each man's account of what happened on the mountain during the 1996 climbs. Krakauer details the disagreements, and his rapprochement with Boukreev, in the postscript to the 1999 edition of Into Thin Air.[2]

Boukreev was killed in 1997 in an avalanche during a winter ascent of Annapurna in Nepal.

See also[edit]

Books and films about the 1996 Everest Disaster[edit]



  1. ^ "The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest by Anatoli Boukreev, G. Weston DeWalt". Goodreads. Retrieved 9 October 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Author's postscript, 1999 edition of Into Thin Air