"Outdoor Classic" Winner of the 2010 National Outdoor Book Awards “The most influential mountaineering book of all time.”—National Geographic Adventure “Those who have never seen the Himalayas, those who never care to risk an assault, will know when they finish this book that they have been a companion of greatness.”—New York Times Book Review “Before Everest, there was Annapurna. Frenchman Herzog led the first summitting of an 8,000-meter peak, dictating his story because he had lost all his fingers to frostbite.”—Sports Illustrated“While the ascent is thrilling enough, the harrowing descent . . . truly boggles the mind.”—The Week
From the Back Cover
One of Sports Illustrated's top 100 sports books of all time In 1950, when no mountain taller than 8,000 meters had ever been climbed, Maurice Herzog led an expedition of French climbers to the summit of an 8,075-meter (26,493-foot) Himalayan peak called Annapurna. The route up Annapurna had never been charted, and Herzog and his team had to locate the mountain using crude maps, pick out a possible line of ascent, and go for the summit. Annapurna is the unforgettable account of this heroic climb and its harrowing aftermath, including a nightmare descent while suffering from frostbite and snow blindness. Herzog's masterful narrative is one of the great mountain-adventure stories of all time. This new edition—which commemorates the sixtieth anniversary of the Annapurna ascent on June 3, 1950—features a new foreword by Conrad Anker.