Laissé pour mort à l'Everest
Author: Beck Weathers, Stephen G. Michaud
Publisher: Glénat Livres
Enfer et rédemption à l’Everest... Ou comment Beck Weathers a reconquis son existence et l’amour des siens en manquant perdre la vie sur le toit du monde. Une aventure exemplaire à retrouver au cinéma dans le film Everest. En 1996, huit alpinistes périssent à l’Everest dans une tempête tragiquement célèbre, tandis que le neuvième homme de l’expédition, déjà considéré comme mort, en réchappe miraculeusement, au prix d’un calvaire inhumain. Beck Weathers a survécu, mais l’épreuve la plus difficile reste devant lui : le retour à une existence « normale ». Car lorsque le docteur Beck Weathers est arrivé en Himalaya, obsédé par l’ascension du plus haut sommet de chaque continent, sa vie était en miettes. Son mariage ne tenait plus qu’à un fil et la relation avec ses deux enfants ne valait guère mieux. La dépression le minait depuis des années et la montagne était une échappatoire. Un second miracle a voulu que Beck Weathers, le corps, le cœur et l’esprit meurtris, se relève de cette tragédie personnelle. Sa femme, qui n’avait pas cru à sa mort, ne s’est pas résolue davantage à condamner leur couple, pour peu que Beck vienne à bout de ses démons. Le témoignage de Peach Weathers se mêle au récit de l’alpiniste pour raconter avec sincérité, humour et lucidité la renaissance d'un homme et d'une famille. En 3D et sur les écrans dans plus de 50 pays le 23 septembre 2015, Everest, un film de fiction de Baltasar Kormákur, met en scène le dépassement de soi des alpinistes et la « tragédie à l’Everest » relatée par Jon Krakauer dans son bestseller international Into Thin Air. Josh Brolin et Robin Wright incarnent Beck et Peach Weathers, aux côtés de Jason Clarke, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Hawkes et Keira Knightley.
Left for Dead
Author: Beck Weathers, Stephen G. Michaud
With a new preface by the author • As featured in the upcoming motion picture Everest, starring Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Emily Watson, Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, and Jake Gyllenhaal “I can tell you that some force within me rejected death at the last moment and then guided me, blind and stumbling—quite literally a dead man walking—into camp and the shaky start of my return to life.” In 1996 Beck Weathers and a climbing team pushed toward the summit of Mount Everest. Then a storm exploded on the mountain, ripping the team to shreds, forcing brave men to scratch and crawl for their lives. Rescuers who reached Weathers saw that he was dying, and left him. Twelve hours later, the inexplicable occurred. Weathers appeared, blinded, gloveless, and caked with ice—walking down the mountain. In this powerful memoir, now featuring a new Preface, Weathers describes not only his escape from hypothermia and the murderous storm that killed eight climbers, but the journey of his life. This is the story of a man’s route to a dangerous sport and a fateful expedition, as well as the road of recovery he has traveled since; of survival in the face of certain death, the reclaiming of a family and a life; and of the most extraordinary adventure of all: finding the courage to say yes when life offers us a second chance. Praise for Left for Dead “Riveting . . . [a] remarkable survival story . . . Left for Dead takes a long, critical look at climbing: Weathers is particularly candid about how the demanding sport altered and strained his relationships.”—USA Today “Ultimately, this engrossing tale depicts the difficulty of a man’s struggle to reform his life.”—Publishers Weekly From the Trade Paperback edition.
Into Thin Air
Author: Jon Krakauer
When Jon Krakauer reached the summit of Mt. Everest in the early afternoon of May 10,1996, he hadn't slept in fifty-seven hours and was reeling from the brain-altering effects of oxygen depletion. As he turned to begin the perilous descent from 29,028 feet (roughly the cruising altitude of an Airbus jetliner), twenty other climbers were still pushing doggedly to the top, unaware that the sky had begun to roil with clouds... Into Thin Air is the definitive account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed Outside journalist and author of the bestselling Into the Wild. Taking the reader step by step from Katmandu to the mountain's deadly pinnacle, Krakauer has his readers shaking on the edge of their seat. Beyond the terrors of this account, however, he also peers deeply into the myth of the world's tallest mountain. What is is about Everest that has compelled so many poeple--including himself--to throw caution to the wind, ignore the concerns of loved ones, and willingly subject themselves to such risk, hardship, and expense? Written with emotional clarity and supported by his unimpeachable reporting, Krakauer's eyewitness account of what happened on the roof of the world is a singular achievement. From the Paperback edition.
Touching the Void
Author: Joe Simpson
Publisher: Direct Authors
The 25th Anniversary ebook, now with more than 50 images. 'Touching the Void' is the tale of two mountaineer’s harrowing ordeal in the Peruvian Andes. In the summer of 1985, two young, headstrong mountaineers set off to conquer an unclimbed route. They had triumphantly reached the summit, when a horrific accident mid-descent forced one friend to leave another for dead. Ambition, morality, fear and camaraderie are explored in this electronic edition of the mountaineering classic, with never before seen colour photographs taken during the trip itself.
Author: Edmund Hillary
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
"With nimble words and a straightforward style, New Zealand mountaineering legend Hillary recollects the bravery and frustration, the agony and glory that marked his Everest odyssey. From the 1951 expedition that led to the discovery of the southern route, through the grueling Himalayan training of 1952, and on to the successful 1953 expedition led by Colonel John Hunt, Hillary conveys in precise language the mountain's unforgiving conditions. In explicit detail he recalls an Everest where chaotic icefalls force costly detours, unstable snow ledges promise to avalanche at the slightest misstep, and brutal weather shifts from pulse-stopping cold to fiendish heat in mere minutes.".
The Beckoning Silence
Author: Joe Simpson
Joe Simpson has experienced a life filled with adventure but marred by death. He has endured the painful attrition of climbing friends in accidents, calling into question the perilously exhilarating activity to which he has devoted his life. Probability is inexorably closing in. The tragic loss of a close friend forces a momentous decision upon him. It is time to turn his back on the mountains that he has loved. Never more alive than when most at risk, he has come to see a last climb on the hooded, mile-high North Face of the Eiger as the cathartic finale. In a narrative which takes the reader through extreme experiences, from an avalanche in Bolivia, ice-climbing in the Alps and Colorado and paragliding in Spain - before his final confrontation with the Eiger - Simpson reveals the inner truth of climbing, exploring both the power of the mind and the frailties of the body. The subject of his new book is the siren song of fear and his struggle to come to terms with it.
Author: Mick Conefrey
Publisher: Mountaineers Books
CLICK HERE to download a sample from Everest 1953 In the only book to tell the real story of Everest 1953, Mick Conefrey reveals that what has gone down in history as a supremely well-planned attempt was in fact beset by crises -- both on and off the mountain. To succeed, team leader Colonel John Hunt and his team had to draw on unimaginable skill and determination, as well as sheer British ingenuity. Everest 1953 is not only a gripping true story of courage and adventure, but a fascinating window into the media contest to cover this seminal event in coronation year. The Times had exclusive access to the team, but the Daily Mail and other papers used subterfuge and shenanigans to get their scoops. Revealing the answers to long-enduring controversies -- did Tenzing or Hillary actually reach the top first? -- and exploring the legacy of this great ascent, it is the perfect way to commemorate a year of British sporting triumph.
Deux crashs. Deux avions d’Air India. 48 victimes en 1950. 117 victimes en 1966. Presque au même endroit, dans des circonstances aussi floues. Aucun rescapé. Débris et corps dérivent encore à ce jour dans les glaces du Mont-Blanc qui en « libèrent » des éléments chaque été. Vingt-quatre ans après la sortie de son premier livre « Crash au Mont-Blanc, les Fantômes du Malabar Princess » (Ed.Glénat) et suite à la mystérieuse découverte de pierres précieuses qui défraya la chronique en 2013, Françoise Rey poursuit l’enquête ! Les catastrophes aériennes sont des machines à fantasmes. Surtout quand elles surviennent dans des lieux inaccessibles. Reste que les faits eux-mêmes sont parfois « un peu forts ». Le crash de 1950 est inscrit dans l’histoire locale et même nationale. Une rumeur circulait : le Malabar Princess transportait de l’or... Bien que plus meurtrier, le deuxième accident a été oublié presque aussitôt. Il y avait pourtant à bord le père du programme nucléaire de l’Inde... On se passionna d’autant plus pour les mystères du Mont-Blanc qu’une « valise diplomatique » était trouvée sur un glacier en 2012 et que l'année suivante, encore plus incroyable, apparaissait une cassette pleine de pierres précieuses. L’info a fait le tour du monde, passionné le public. Les autorités déclaraient se mettre en quête des propriétaires originels de ce trésor... Interrogée par la presse, Françoise Rey a donné une piste pour retrouver les ayants droit, une lettre figurant dans le dossier d’instruction, qui a disparu.
La Mort suspendue (1990), Encordé avec des ombres (1994) et Eiger, la dernière course à l’Eiger (2003) : les trois récits majeurs de Joe Simpson, introduits par un texte inédit, sont réunis dans une compilation qui présente le meilleur de l’aventure en montagne. La Mort suspendue, paru en 1989, est le livre de montagne le plus marquant des deux dernières générations. Paru en vingt-trois langues, salué par plusieurs prix littéraires, il a été consacré par un film en 2003 et n’a jamais quitté les rayons des librairies. Cet incroyable récit de survie a donné naissance à un écrivain. Joe Simpson n’est pas resté l’auteur de ce seul témoignage : au fil des livres, il est devenu un chroniqueur original de l’aventure en paroi et sur les sommets du monde. Sa vie trépidante dès l’adolescence, ses expéditions, l’esprit punk des grimpeurs anglais des années 1980, son humour volontiers corrosif, la disparition de nombre de ses amis alpinistes et un vrai talent d’écriture ont nourri des récits passionnants, et deux romans (dont Le Bruit de la chute, Glénat, 2012). Encordé avec des ombres, récit des frasques aussi drolatiques que parfois dramatiques du jeune Joe avant l’accident de la Siula Grande, a donné le ton. Il a été suivi par des réflexions parfois plus sombres sur les motivations de l’alpinisme. C’est ce questionnement que l’on retrouve mis en perspective avec l’histoire de la conquête de l’Eiger dans La dernière course, en même temps qu’un hommage à l’engagement des pionniers des grandes voies. Dans ce recueil d’un millier de pages, on explore avec Joe Simpson toutes les faces de la passion de l’alpinisme.
Into the Wild
Author: Jon Krakauer
In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild. Immediately after graduating from college in 1991, McCandless had roamed through the West and Southwest on a vision quest like those made by his heroes Jack London and John Muir. In the Mojave Desert he abandoned his car, stripped it of its license plates, and burned all of his cash. He would give himself a new name, Alexander Supertramp, and , unencumbered by money and belongings, he would be free to wallow in the raw, unfiltered experiences that nature presented. Craving a blank spot on the map, McCandless simply threw the maps away. Leaving behind his desperate parents and sister, he vanished into the wild. Jon Krakauer constructs a clarifying prism through which he reassembles the disquieting facts of McCandless's short life. Admitting an interst that borders on obsession, he searches for the clues to the dries and desires that propelled McCandless. Digging deeply, he takes an inherently compelling mystery and unravels the larger riddles it holds: the profound pull of the American wilderness on our imagination; the allure of high-risk activities to young men of a certain cast of mind; the complex, charged bond between fathers and sons. When McCandless's innocent mistakes turn out to be irreversible and fatal, he becomes the stuff of tabloid headlines and is dismissed for his naiveté, pretensions, and hubris. He is said to have had a death wish but wanting to die is a very different thing from being compelled to look over the edge. Krakauer brings McCandless's uncompromising pilgrimage out of the shadows, and the peril, adversity , and renunciation sought by this enigmatic young man are illuminated with a rare understanding--and not an ounce of sentimentality. Mesmerizing, heartbreaking, Into the Wild is a tour de force. The power and luminosity of Jon Krakauer's stoytelling blaze through every page. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: Michael Kodas
Publisher: Hachette Books
High Crimes is journalist Michael Kodas's gripping account of life on top of the world--where man is every bit as deadly as Mother Nature. In the years following the publication of Into Thin Air, much has changed on Mount Everest. Among all the books documenting the glorious adventures in mountains around the world, none details how the recent infusion of wealthy climbers is drawing crime to the highest place on the planet. The change is caused both by a tremendous boom in traffic, and a new class of parasitic and predatory adventurer. It's likely that Jon Krakauer would not recognize the camps that he visited on Mount Everest almost a decade ago. This book takes readers on a harrowing tour of the criminal underworld on the slopes of the world's most majestic mountain. High Crimes describes two major expeditions: the tragic story of Nils Antezana, a climber who died on Everest after he was abandoned by his guide; as well as the author's own story of his participation in the Connecticut Everest Expedition, guided by George Dijmarescu and his wife and climbing partner, Lhakpa Sherpa. Dijmarescu, who at first seemed well-intentioned and charming, turned increasingly hostile to his own wife, as well as to the author and the other women on the team. By the end of the expedition, the three women could not travel unaccompanied in base camp due to the threat of violence. Those that tried to stand against the violence and theft found that the worst of the intimidation had followed them home to Connecticut. Beatings, thefts, drugs, prostitution, coercion, threats, and abandonment on the highest slopes of Everest and other mountains have become the rule rather than the exception. Kodas describes many such experiences, and explores the larger issues these stories raise with thriller-like intensity.
Author: Stephen G. Michaud
Author: Ed Viesturs, David Roberts
Publisher: Broadway Books
A thrilling chronicle of the tragedy-ridden history of climbing the world's most difficult and unpredictable mountain, by the bestselling authors of The Mountain and No Shortcuts to the Top Ed Viesturs, one of the world's premier high-altitude mountaineers, explores the remarkable history of K2 and of those who have attempted to conquer it. At the same time, he probes the mountain's most memorable sagas in order to illustrate lessons about the fundamental questions mountaineering raises—questions of risk, ambition, loyalty to one's teammates, self-sacrifice, and the price of glory. Viesturs knows the mountain firsthand. He and renowned alpinist Scott Fischer climbed it in 1992 and got caught in an avalanche that sent them sliding to almost certain death before Ed managed to get into a self-arrest position with his ice ax and stop both his fall and Scott's. Focusing on seven of the mountain's most dramatic campaigns, from his own troubled ascent to the 2008 tragedy, Viesturs crafts an edge-of-your-seat narrative that climbers and armchair travelers alike will find unforgettably compelling. With photographs from Viesturs's personal collection and from historical sources, this is the definitive account of the world's ultimate mountain, and of the lessons that can be gleaned from struggling toward its elusive summit.
The Mountains of My Life
Author: Walter Bonatti
Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.
The legendary mountaineer describes his adventures in such ranges as the Alps and Himalayas, and provides details of what really happened during a controversial 1954 Italian expedition that made the first ascent of K2.
Above the Clouds
Author: Anatoli Boukreev
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
When Anatoli Boukreev died on the slopes of Annapurna on Christmas day, 1997, the world lost one of the greatest adventurers of our time. In Above the Clouds, both the man and his incredible climbs on Mt. McKinley, K2, Makalu, Manaslu, and Everest-including his diary entries on the infamous 1996 disaster, written shortly after his return-are immortalized. There also are minute technical details about the skill of mountain climbing, as well as personal reflections on what life means to someone who risks it every day. Fully illustrated with gorgeous color photos, Above the Clouds is a unique and breathtaking look at the world from its most remote peaks.