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"Here man seemed to be reaching for something. His grip was tenuous, inconsequential, yet full of beauty and meaning." -The Author

I'm not a mountain climber. I read Everest books to grapple with the existential issues, and to contemplate how I might take my lifestyle up a notch using the climber's principles. I would not recommend Everest: The West Ridge for first-time readers of this subgenre. Start with Into Thin Air , Dead Lucky , or Touching My Father's Soul A Sherpa's Journey to the Top of Everest . From page one, these books struck me as more accessible.

Hornbein's book, published by The Mountaineers Books, gives a technical account of pioneering a new route to the summit. The first third of the book seemed bogged down in logistics. I would imagine it's engrossing stuff for serious mountaineers, but for layman like me, it's harder to find intellectual purchase in these chapters.

This is not to say that I found this book boring or inhuman. Hornbein adeptly constructs his own layered identity as the protagonist. He starts out as a cool customer, almost disinterested with this large, premiere American expedition in 1963. Yet as the story unfolds, his deep desire to conquer the mysterious ridge begins bubbling to the surface.

Hornbein paints with a fine stroke, both in describing the landscape and the climbers. He and his climbing partner Willi Unsoeld become a multi-faceted duo, at once supporting and competing with each other as they belay up and down the ice and rock. This offers more than a few moments of laugh-out-loud humor to balance out the tension.

Hornbein ends the book on a paradoxical note, questioning the merits of an unquestionably successful expedition. It's a perfectly justified conclusion. Still, it felt like a hasty wrap-up to a surprisingly deep and cerebral work. I also felt other writers have done more justice to the Sherpas, an ethnic group who largely come off as simple-minded employees here. Similarly, Hornbein's wife at home is relegated to the status of emotional motif rather than being an integral character.

In any case, Hornbein climbed the mountain. I sure haven't. And he tells the story with a deliberateness and nuance that I really respected. I highly recommend this book to readers interested in a deeper exploration of climbing Everest, especially as relates to the internal politics of large national expedition.

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  • Publisher:Mountaineers Books
  • File: 7.2 Mb
  • Ganre: Sports
  • Release: 01.07.1998
  • ISBN: 9780898866162
  • Pages 181
  • Rating: 4.05 (174 votes)

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