Top positive review
A "Must Read" for everyone
30 May 2014
One of the best books written on Everest Expedition.
Though this book tells about the tragedy that happened on 10th May 1996, but at the same time it gives a detailed description about how an expedition begins, the routine followed by summit teams and Sherpa's, the various camps and most importantly the physical and the emotional stress that each member goes through in their attempt to reach the highest peak in the world.
A lot has been written about the facts mentioned in the book after it was released, but I feel Jon Krakauer has done an excellent job by the way he has explained the events as they unfold. The book brings out the un-predictable nature of the summit expedition, how fast situation can change due to ever changing weather conditions and the challenges that even the greatest climbers have to face and overcome to be able to reach the top.
A few names like Rob Hall, Scot Fischer, Doug Hansen, Andy Harris, Yasuko Namba, Beck Weathers, Ngawang Topche Sherpa, Lopsang Jangbu Sherpa and the efforts put in by the Sherpa team would remain permanently etched in my memory.
Without actually being their, if you want to experience that feeling of a summit expedition, the feeling of pain and emotions when things go wrong, then do read this book.