Mountain Without Mercy

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More than 125 full-color photographs, including spectacular IMAX images, and firsthand accounts by survivors chronicle the fateful 1996 expedition to climb Everest, a trek that ended up claiming eight lives. 100,000 first printing. BOMC. First serial, National Geographic. Tour.

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First-ever IMAX camera images of Mt. Everest are tempered by the human toll the merciless "Mother Goddess of the World" has taken. Dedicated to the Lama of the Tengboche Monastery, this volume celebrates the geology and cultures of Nepal and Tibet as it traces the filmed expedition of American David Breashers including the May 1996 blizzard which contributed eight climbers' lives to the 148 total lost from 1922-96. 9.5x12

Publisher: [Washington, D.C.] : National Geographic Society, c1997
ISBN: 9780792270140
Branch Call Number: 796.52209 C639e 1997
Characteristics: 256 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 31 cm


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Apr 23, 2017

A well put-together book, told essentially from the viewpoint of the IMAX film expedition, but which includes bits of narrative from assorted climbers on Everest during the disaster of May 1996. Published in 1997, it's a coffee table format - great pictures!

Only just stumbled across this on the shelves, but I've previously read most of the books written by climbers who were on that mountain at that time - perhaps six or eight! All of the books were interesting, but my favorite was the one by Jamling Norgay, son of Tenizg Norgay who first summited Everest in 1953 with Edmund Hillary:

Touching my father's soul: a Sherpa's journey to the top of Everest (reprint ed.), HarperSanFrancisco, ISBN 978-0-06-251688-6

Feb 17, 2016

This book does a really good job of telling the backgrounds of people and the events leading up to the 1996 climbing season on Everest that resulted in a large number of deaths, and the rescue of some of the survivors. Book has some really awesome photos in it.

Feb 09, 2011

An outstanding record of the 1996 disaster on the mountain, and the successful ascent of the team that made the IMAX film.

Carol Ann Elliot
Jan 09, 2010

This is a gorgeous book, with the best pictures and the best map of the South Col route, as JB says, of Everest that I've ever seen. It provides illuminating viewpoints about the 1996 deaths on Everest, which roused great controversy in the climbing community and the world at large. The scientific pages add excellent detail about high altitude mountaineering- short, to the point and answer all of my immediate questions!

Much of the spiritual approach to climbing comes through in this book, adding yet another dimension.

Sep 16, 2008

Great anthology of everything Everest. Includes one of the best maps/diagrams of the routes to ascend Everest.


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