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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 guy and his amazing 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 mountaineering, in addition to own reflections on what lifestyles ability to somebody who dangers it on a daily basis. totally illustrated with beautiful colour images, Above the Clouds is a different and breathtaking examine the area from its such a lot distant peaks.

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