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17 DOWN UNDER. "A celebration of moderate grade climbing in Victoria". 184 pages. 285 images. Father & son team, Steve & John Morris, embark on a journey to climb and photograph 50 of the best rock climbs in Victoria, grade 17 & under. Inc bookmark $50.00
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A womans account of surviving the '96 Everest tragedy.
||1999 (though 1st published in Denmark 1996).
|| (4.50 of 5)
|Lene is a strong-willed Danish woman who found herself feeling a bit of a misfit in a high-dollar guided expedition to Everest.
It is a deeply personal account of her experiences in preparing for the trip right through to its victorious/tragic conclusion, and gives strong insight into what it takes to reach the summit of Everest and survive. You tend to feel her frustrations and by default also experience her highs and lows through her, at times, evocative writing.
It throws a tangential light on her relationship/s with expedition leader Scott Fischer, and head guide Anatoli Boukreev; which makes interesting reading if combined with reading other books* about the same storm ravaged trip, when eight climbers died while others narrowly escaped death with some of them suffering major frostbite injuries.
(*I recommend 'The Climb' by Anatoli Boukreev).
She draws heavily from her diary but is a Writer as well as a Mountaineer, so her perceptions have a clarity of presentation thatís somewhere between documentary and narrative, which is a good mix when it comes to articulating her philosophies.
Itís a hard book to put down when one nears the final chapters.
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