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Annapurna: The First Conquest of an 8000 Meter Peak
Annapurna The First Conquest of an 8000 Meter Peak Author:Herzog, Maurice Reading Annapurna we know that Maurice Herzog dictated it in hospital, we are expecting the poignant details of why he is there, and we get them in full measure. We get an account of storm and suffering, of the cruel pains of surgery and the bravery of men. — It is unlike any other mountain book I know. At first reading it carried me through the... more » night like an exciting novel of impossible daring. I admired the lightning exploration of Dhaulagiri which delayed the start of work on Annapurna. I gasped at the speed of the final action hurried through before the oncoming monsoon. Only much later did I put to myself such question as: Was it really wise to attack mountain of that height in such a hurry? Could there not have been more support from Camp IV for the final attempt? What pills were taken by the summit pair, and was it because of them that they were not roped at the top?
I have note answered these questions and I think none of us can do so. Most British mountaineers are content to salute the astonishing achievement of which this book is the record.
- Wilfrid Noyce, a member of the successful Everest Expedition, in the BROADSHEET« less