Caught way up on the mountain, no one is safe, from the archetypal nightmare of Tony Kurtz, seen to freeze to death by his stranded rescuers as he hung off the Eiger, to events that unfolded on the Grand Teton, where rescuers narrowly escaped being clubbed to death by their reluctant rescuees. This collection of 35 first-hand accounts will shock and inspire in equal measure. Here is the original draft of Joe Simpson's classic Touching the Void and the first full telling of Jamie Andrew's extraordinary rescue from the Alps, which made headlines in 1999. Plus a specially commissioned account of the epic winter rescue on Mount Ararat, 2000 - the most remote mission ever undertaken by a helicopter-rescue team. And the rescuers own grim battles for survival. Compiled by one of the world's most respected mountaineers, this volume spans five continents - from the Appalachians to Mount Cook, from Peak Lenin to Siula Grande. It includes some of the brightest stars of mountaineering and mountain rescue: Joe Simpson, Doug Scott, Pete Sinclair, Milos Vrbe, Paul Nunn, Ludwig Gramminger, Karen Glazley, Ken Phillips and Blaise Agresti.
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What does it feel like to freefall from a rockface? Or to be buried under an avalanche with powder pouring down your windpipe? The climber's natural habitation is the precipice between life and death where gusts of wind sound like exploding shells and snow can be as hard as roughcast concrete. Standby for the ultimate in vicarious thrills as you find yourself struggling for a foothold on some of the highest mountains in the world: Ben Nevis - 'The Venemous One', 'The Ogre' in the glacier region of Pakistan or the North Face of The Eiger.Marvel at the climbing fraternity's courage to plod on beset by altitude headaches, mental lassitude, snow blindness and the loss of a companion. Experience the hideous noise of falling rocks. Be a rope's length away from disaster before being rescued by a 'paraffin budgie' (helicopter). And somehow accept that fractured skull, broken legs and smashed ankles are all part of the game. A wonderful winter read celebrating man's age old conquering spirit. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Hamish MacInnes
Hamish MacInnes pioneered mountain-rescue techniques and equipment. He is the author of Climb to the Lost World and The International Mountain Rescue Handbook.