The Climb (book)
G. Weston DeWalt
|Subject||1996 Everest Disaster|
|Publisher||St. Martin's Press|
|June 28, 1997|
The Climb (1997), republished as The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest, is an account by Russian mountaineer Anatoli Boukreev of the 1996 Everest Disaster, during which eight climbers lost their lives on Mount Everest. 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.
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.
Reinhold Messner, widely regarded as perhaps the best climber in history, who mastered the first fast alpine-style assents of Everest and multiple Himalayan peaks without oxygen, claimed he knows Boukreev, and he was like Krakauer describes- arrogant and unfeeling. He dismisses this book as being ghost-written. 
Books and films about the 1996 Everest Disaster
- Into Thin Air (1997), a book by Jon Krakauer.
- After the Wind (2014), a book by Lou Kasischke.
- Into Thin Air: Death on Everest (1997), a TV movie.
- Everest (1998), an IMAX documentary film.
- Everest (2015), a feature film.
- "The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest by Anatoli Boukreev, G. Weston DeWalt". Goodreads. goodreads.com. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
- Author's postscript, 1999 edition of Into Thin Air
- "You Tube interview of Reinhold Messner by John Martin Meek". YouTube. Retrieved posted Sept 13,2013; interview- 2011. Check date values in: