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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press (May 18 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599218933
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599218939
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gail Jammer on Oct. 17 2013
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This is a heart wrenching story of a man's incredible adventure of man against nature and the consequenses of a life changing experience,
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Loved It Sept. 23 2011
By Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book has all the emotion and details that can only come from the person who did it. I hadn't realized how much of the adventure happens before getting to base camp, nor how much more is required of those who are the first to conquer a particular mountain.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Epic Adventure Frech expedition climb first 8000M peak. trouble, dangerous,frostbite amputations March 7 2013
By Thomas Erickson - Published on Amazon.com
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I love true adventure stories. Annapurna is a true adventure story of a French 1950 mountain climbing expedition. Two of their members are the first to reach the summit of a 8000M peak. Unheard of, many thought it could not be done. Annapurna is the epic book that influenced ED Vestures when he was a boy toward his mountain climbing greatness ( climbed all 13 8000M peaks with no supplemental oxygen...all his books 5 star see my reviews).

Annapurna is 278 pages of great adventure and lots of action. No boring parts. I read it in 3 days.

Here's a tidbit of the book to wet your appetite.

A group of some of the greatest mountain climbers is assembled with a great doctor/surgeon Oudot, and support people for the expedition. Local loyal helpers/guides called Sherpas and Coolies to help carry the heavy loads are hired. The leaders Sahibs have as their expedition leader Maurice Herzog. Herzog is seen as brave but sensibly cautious and uses lots of scouting of different routes. A higher mountain was originally thought OK to climb but it is found too dangerous at this time. Scouting more through glaciers around impassable ridges , a hidden valley a route to Annapurna is found. Already they are experiencing bad weather and are in a race with time as Monsoon rains are coming soon. Some routes are found to be no good. Lots of dangers, crevasses, and avalanches. Five ascending camps are set up. The expedition is rapidly breaking down due to health problems.

Herzog and Louise Lachenal make it to the top. All expedition members helped and team work was great. A lot of unselfish people. However Herzog loses his gloves and develops frostbite of the fingers and toes. Lachenal has frostbite of the toes and heal. Some of the others have snow blindness and injuries. The expedition physically is a mess They must hurry to a lower camp for the doctor Oudot to try to save them. Gangrene has set in. Toes and fingers must be amputated.

There is a great chapter of the expedition's passage from Nepal to India and meeting the Maharajah in his palace.

I won't say too much more and ruin the book for you.

Anyone loving true adventure stories and human endurance against incredible obstacles will love this book. This book was the one that many great climbers got their inspiration from. 5 stars and proudly added to our family library.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The classic mountaineering book July 18 2011
By Nick Harvey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
An amazing story of pioneers in the Himalayas, a classic read for anyone who enjoys the mountains, climbing or stories of adventure in a different era.
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This book is interesting! Jan. 18 2014
By Psteg - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was very interesting - not only about climbing but about the time that the Annapurna first ascent was completed. It was at the beginning of great adventures throughout the world. Today, is a different world and lacks the romanticism in comparison. But, the most important thing that this book did for me was start me off onto other books written by the other team members. From this book, I read two more and from each received a different perspective - this is what made all of it so much more rewarding.
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Not just great events, but well told Jan. 7 2014
By G. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I went through a phase where I read a lot of mountaineering books. I often hiked myself alone, and not in teams, and on tough 10,000 plus feet mountains, but nothing technical (ice, ropes, etc) that couldn't be done alone. The books gave me ideas, or served as encouragement and inspiration in my goals. However, quite a few were written by less-than-mediocre writers.

Herzog's books make the events exciting, and are clear and it is also easy to follow technical action (how bodies and equipment are twisting and moving on the mountains. And Herzog especially is very epic.

Annapurna is a really incredible book. A good place to start if you want: a good read, to be introduced to mountain climbing, to be introduced to mountain climbing history (Herzog was an important early climber), to know more about climbing.

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