Mountain Without Mercy

Book - 1997
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The New York Times bestselling true story of how an intrepid film crew became a heroic rescue team during the disastrous 1996 climbing season.

It was a death-defying assignment: Gather a rugged crew of climbers and photographers to hoist equipment--including an IMAX camera--to the top of the world and record the summiting of Mount Everest as never before.

But then a freak storm swept the mountain, claiming eight lives, including two world-class guides, and the venture turned into a life-or-death rescue mission. The group did what they could to save lives--and came back with a story like no other.

The terror and triumph of May 1996 will go down in infamy. Made famous by Jon Krakauer's bestseller Into Thin Air and recounted in David Breashears's IMAX film, the narrative is relayed here in a gripping volume from National Geographic. Written in suspenseful detail, the book documents how a courageous photographic team, facing hazards of their own, became an essential part of an effort that brought some--but not all--of their companions down from the mountain alive.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic Society, c1997
ISBN: 9780792269847
Branch Call Number: PB 796.522095496 Cob 3564
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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