ANATOLI BOUKREEV **SIGNED & INSCRIBED** THE CLIMB: TRAGIC AMBITIONS ON EVEREST Mountaineering Disaster
THE CLIMB: TRAGIC AMBITIONS ON EVEREST, by Anatoli Boukreev, Head Everest Expedition Guide, and G. Weston DeWalt.
Published by St Martin's Press, New York, 1997. First Edition, First Printing, with "First Edition" stated and the number line starting at 1.
SIGNED, INSCRIBED, and DATED by ANATOLI BOUKREEV and G. Weston DeWalt. Both signatures and inscriptions are on the title page.
Anatioli Boukreev inscribed the book as follows: "For Steve / Enjoy the life. / NAMASTE from the Himalaya! / Anatoli Boukreev / 11.13.97". DeWalt wrote: "For Steve / G. Weston Dewalt / 11.13.97". The previous owner to whom the book is inscribed, Steve Mueller, has signed his name at the bottom of the front free endpaper and wrote "Return to Steve Mueller" at the bottom of the last page.
A MONTH AFTER ANATOLI BOUKREEV INSCRIBED THIS BOOK HE WAS KILLED IN AN AVALANCHE WHILE MOUNTAIN CLIMBING IN NEPAL. His death occurred on Christmas Day, 1997.
Hardcover Book in Dustjacket, 6.5x9.5 inches, 255 pages plus 16 pages of color photographs.
Condition: VERY GOOD book, a bit of very light foxing to the top page edges (page edges of the closed book), overall just lightly used, still tight, bright, clean and clear; in a VERY GOOD dustjacket that still retains its original $24.95 price at the top of the front flap. A solid, very nice copy.
THE CLIMB is the story of the worst disaster in the history of Mount Everest and Anatoli Boukreev's first person account of what really happened. Boukreev was the head climbing guide for this West Seattle based Mountain Madness expedition. The book disputes the account given by Jon Krakauer in his book Into Thin Air.
About ANATOLI BOUKREEV (from Wikipedia):
******Anatoli Nikolaevich Boukreev, b. January 16, 1958 d. December 25, 1997, was a Russian Kazakhstani mountaineer who made ascents of 10 of the 14 peaks above 8,000 m (26,247 ft) without supplemental oxygen. From 1989 through 1997, he made 18 successful ascents of peaks above 8000 m.
Boukreev had a reputation as an elite mountaineer in international climbing circles for summiting K2 in 1993 and Mount Everest via the North Ridge route in 1995, and for his solo speed ascents of some of the world's highest mountains. HE BECAME EVEN MORE WIDELY KNOWN FOR SAVING THE LIVES OF CLIMBERS DURING THE 1996 MOUNT EVEREST DISASTER (as described in his book THE CLIMB, St. Martin's Press, 1997).
In 1997, Boukreev was killed in an avalanche during a winter ascent of Annapurna in Nepal. He was 39 years old.******