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 tremendous climbs on Mt. McKinley, K2, Makalu, Manaslu, and Everest-including his diary entries at the notorious 1996 catastrophe, written presently after his return-are immortalized. There are also minute technical information about the ability of mountaineering, in addition to own reflections on what lifestyles capability to anyone who hazards it each day. totally illustrated with beautiful colour photographs, Above the Clouds is a different and breathtaking examine the realm from its so much distant peaks.
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