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Climbing High: A Woman's Account of Surviving Everest

Gammelgaard, Lene

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ISBN 10: 1580050239 / ISBN 13: 9781580050234
Verlag: Seal Press, 1999
Verkäufer Michael Patrick McCarty, Bookseller (New Castle, CO, USA)

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Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 264 p. Contains: Illustrations. Adventura Books. Audience: General/trade. Signed by Lene under name on title page. Very good. No dust jacket. Signed by author. Lower corners bumped. Buchnummer des Verkäufers Alibris.0005124

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Titel: Climbing High: A Woman's Account of ...

Verlag: Seal Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 1999

Einband: Hard cover

Signiert: Signed by Author(s)

Auflage: First edition..

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On May 10, 1996, the Danish author became the first Scandinavian woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest and, also, a survivor of the Sagarmatha Environmental Expedition that claimed eight lives. This account includes b&w photos of the climbers and the base camp, and a glossary of mountaineering terms.


In May 1996, Lene Gammelgaard became the first Scandinavian woman to reach the peak of Mount Everest. The next day she made history again by surviving the mountain's deadliest disaster. The catastrophic blizzard that killed eight climbers, including Gammelgaard's friend and expedition leader Scott Fischer, spurred controversy over the commercialization of Everest, and has been exhaustively chronicled in accounts such as Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air.

Fortunately, Climbing High offers an original, insightful view of the tragedy and steers clear of the need to explain what went wrong: "You cannot expect anyone to help you ... up there. Your fate is in your own hands, your own two feet." Gammelgaard kept journals throughout the expedition, and her account stays true to this form: short, intense, and subjective entries on the pressures of financing the climb, the fierce physical and psychological challenges women face in extreme sports, and the tricky cluster of personalities that can make or break a summit bid. Yes, there are gripping moments, such as the desperate night she and seven others spent exposed in the storm above 20,000 feet, but Gammelgaard is at her best when providing insights into what drives people to risk--and sometimes lose--their lives. --Svenja Soldovieri

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