By Anatoli Boukreev
When Anatoli Boukreev died at the slopes of Annapurna on Christmas day, 1997, the area misplaced one of many maximum adventurers of our time.
In Above the Clouds, either the fellow and his significant climbs on Mt. McKinley, K2, Makalu, Manaslu, and Everest-including his diary entries at the notorious 1996 catastrophe, written almost immediately after his return-are immortalized. There are also minute technical information about the ability of hiking, in addition to own reflections on what existence skill to an individual who hazards it on a daily basis. totally illustrated with lovely colour photographs, Above the Clouds is a special and breathtaking examine the realm from its such a lot distant peaks.
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