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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good account of Messner's solo climb of Everest, 11 Oct. 2011
This review is from: The Crystal Horizon: Everest - The First Solo Ascent (Paperback)
I really liked this book. The first pleasant surprise is that it is extensively illustrated with numerous high quality black and white photographs. There are photographs in almost every page of the book. There are also several nice color plates at the beginning and end of the book. The book is so well illustrated that it could probably serve as a useful guide for anybody trying to climb the mountain from its north side! The book starts with a nice historical account of previous solo attempts of Everest, and then it moves onto Messner's own attempt, starting with the preparations for the expedition (getting the permits in China, etc.) and then his travels along Tibet, its people, and finally the conquest of the mountain during the monsoon season. I have done some mountaineering in Scotland, the Andes and the Alps and Messner's description of the climb, negotiating crevasses, moraines, and dangerous snow slopes is very well written, and really takes the reader to the place. My own memories of travelling in remote places in the Andes came vividly back to my mind as I was reading this book. Highly recommended.
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