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Tale of a lung-busting ascent, courage and grisly sacrifice - Maurice Herzog lost all his fingers... Read More

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Tale of a lung-busting ascent, courage and grisly sacrifice - Maurice Herzog lost all his fingers and toes in the process.This tale of human bravery deeply marked national pride in the drear, postwar years that Herzog's book, sold 11 million copies.Exclusive to Vintage ClassicsRegarded as a classic of mountaineering writing - a document of human fortitude, psychological strength and achievemnt.Fans include Robert McFarlane, Richard Eyre, Joe SimpsonThe distinguished French mountaineer Maurice Herzog was leader of the 1950 expedition to Annapurna. He was one of the two climbers to reach the summit.

One of the finest mountaineering books. A phenomenal tale of strength and valour.

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY JOE SIMPSON

In 1950, no mountain higher than 8,000 meters had ever been climbed. Maurice Herzog and other members of the French Alpine Club resolved to try. This is the enthralling story of the first conquest of Annapurna and the harrowing descent. With breathtaking courage and grit manifest on every page, Annapurna is one of the greatest adventure stories ever told.

As well as an introduction by Joe Simpson, this new edition includes 16 pages of photographs, which provide a remarkable visual record of this legendary expedition.

The distinguished French mountaineer Maurice Herzog was leader of the 1950 expedition to Annapurna. He was one of the two climbers to reach the summit.

'A classic of its kind... His vivid, high powered but never overdramatised account of the ascent still reads splendidly'After being swept off his feet by an avalanche and left dangling by a rope around his neck, Herzog 'began to pass water, violently and uncontrollably'. Your reaction may be only slightly less extreme as you move from one nail-biting moment to the next in this wonderful 1952 tale of triumph and frostbite.Quite simply the greatest mountaineering book ever written.The climb took place before the Himalayas were a tourist attraction and before Gore-Tex cold-weather gear was available in Marks & Spencer. They had no oxygen, little food and on the descent Herzog lost his gloves, got trapped in a storm, was buried in an avalanche and became frostbitten. His descriptions don't stint on the details of maggot-ridden flesh and amputations without anaesthesiaThose who have never seen the Himalayas...will know that they have been a companion of greatness

Product Details

Title: Annapurna
Author: Maurice HerzogJoe Simpson
SKU: BK0426932
EAN: 9780099541462
Language: English

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