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By Maurice Herzog

ISBN-10: 1453226303

ISBN-13: 9781453226308

Mountaineer Maurice Herzog supplies a gripping firsthand account of 1 of the main bold hiking expeditions in history

Annapurna I is the identify given to the 8,100-meter mountain that ranks one of the so much forbidding within the Himalayan chain. risky not only for its severe peak yet for a protracted and treacherous strategy, its summit proved unreachable until eventually 1950, while a gaggle of French mountaineers made a mad sprint for its top. They grew to become the 1st males to complete the feat, doing so with no oxygen tanks or any of the fashionable gear that modern climbers use.

The event approximately rate them their lives. Maurice Herzog dictated this firsthand account of the striking trek from a health facility mattress as he recovered from accidents sustained in the course of the climb. An quick bestseller, it is still probably the most recognized mountain climbing books of all time, and a permanent testomony to the ability of the human spirit.

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