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“Those who have never seen the Himalayas, those who never care to risk an assault, will know when they finish this book that they have been a companion of greatness.”—New York Times Book Review
In 1950, when no mountain taller than 8,000 meters had ever been climbed, Maurice Herzog led an expedition of French climbers to the summit of an 8,075-meter (26,493-foot) Himalayan peak called Annapurna. But unlike other climbs, the routes up Annapurna had never been charted. Herzog and his team had to locate the mountain using crude maps, pick out a single untried route, and go for the summit. Annapurna is the unforgettable account of this heroic climb and of its harrowing aftermath, including a nightmare descent of frostbite, snow blindness, and near death. Herzog's masterful narrative is one of the great mountain-adventure stories of all time.
This new edition—due for publication shortly before the sixtieth anniversary of the Annapurna ascent on June 3, 2010—will feature a new foreword by Conrad Anker.
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“The most influential mountaineering book of all time.”
—National Geographic Adventure
“Before Everest, there was Annapurna. Frenchman Herzog led the first summitting of an 8,000-meter peak, dictating his story because he had lost all his fingers to frostbite.”—Sports Illustrated
“While the ascent is thrilling enough, the harrowing descent . . . truly boggles the mind.”—The Week