Epic: Stories of Survival from the World's Highest Peaks

Epic Stories of Survival from the World s Highest Peaks Epic is a collection of the most memorable accounts of expeditions to the world s most famous peaks often in the worst possible conditions This is a volume that is certain to strike a chord with all

  • Title: Epic: Stories of Survival from the World's Highest Peaks
  • Author: Clint Willis Greg Child
  • ISBN: 9781885408334
  • Page: 448
  • Format: Audio
  • Epic is a collection of the most memorable accounts of expeditions to the world s most famous peaks, often in the worst possible conditions This is a volume that is certain to strike a chord with all adventurers armchair or otherwise

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    1. A compilation of mountain-climbing "disaster" stories from some of the best-known mountaineers in the world. Personally, I love to read stories about mountain climbing, although I myself have never climbed a mountain and have no intention of ever doing so. Willis managed to bring an interesting mix of stories together to highlight the wide variety of dangers that one might face while summiting the world's highest peaks - both the expected (freak storms, human error) and the unexpected (corrupt o [...]

    2. This book has some of the most well know mountaineering stories combined into one exciting read. If you are interested in man versus mountain this will give you a good dose. Alas the book carries the name Krakauer and one must suspect foul play.

    3. After reading Jon Krakauer’s book, Into Thin Air, I’ve had a fascination with Everest, harboring a secret desire to climb it. This book cured me of that. I loved all of the different perspectives of the writers/climbers including not just accounts of the mountains themselves but also the bureaucracy of traveling in that area. Thanks Taylor, for recommending it!

    4. Great collection of accounts. Some were more riveting than others, but all were excellently written and so interesting to read! It is safe to say that some of the situations described in these pages did not make me want to go mountain climbing anytime soon!

    5. listened to the audiobook, as excellently narrated as Climb in the same series. Although the audiobooks say unabridged they are only a selection of all the stories in the print book.

    6. Clint Willis' "Epic - Stories of Survival from the World's Highest Peaks" is a pretty good primer for those interested in mountaineering survival stories. Several of the stories included, especially the miracle belay in the attempt to save Art Gilkey, are considered mountaineering classics. I've read a lot of books by mountaineers -- of the 16 stories in "Epic," ten were excepts from books I've already read. Most were good selections and fit with the theme well. Even though I've read them before [...]

    7. Listening to this book and having read and seen a few other things relating to climbing Everest really makes me wonder why people still attempt the climb. While on one hand technology has improved since some of these climbs with better clothing, more technical footwear and oxygen, the crazy fact is that still 1 in 10 odd people die during an Everest climb. Then add the macabre imagery of the bodies of the dead remaining in their last resting place, surrounded by their possessions, littering the [...]

    8. This book is a collection of excerpts from mountaineers writing about their experiences. Some are better writers than others. I liked reading about the expeditions, though I would never like to experience what these men did. It made me cold just reading about it! The story that has stuck with me the longest is about an expedition on Mt. Denali (McKinley at the time) in the winter. Yikes! Three men in a tiny ice cave for at least 5 days pinned down by a howling wind - not much food, no room to mo [...]

    9. My other find from the shelf in Amsterdam: excerpts from mountaineering books by the likes of John Krakauer, Eric Shipton or Joe Tasker. Very gripping, and it made me want to read some of the books in full -- the one about the winter ascent of Denali ("Minus 148" by Art Davidson) is already earmarked.

    10. Very Good set of short stories (& excerpts) of mountaineering stores from the 80's back thru the 30's. Remarkable what people have endured to get to the top of a mountain. Very readable, and interesting.

    11. Some of the stories got a bit samey after a while, and I preferred the stories of the more recent treks to the ones from the early 1900's, but overall a good book for anyone who enjoys true-life moutaineering peril stories.

    12. Some of the stories were very entertaining and left me hanging (see what I did there? ) but others where too similar and not that great, I guess if I had any experience climbing a mountain I would appreciate more the book, but all in all it was a nice read.

    13. The book is good, really well written but probably better enjoyed by mountaineers or those who want to be. I really liked how the climbers expressed their thoughts and feelings during climbing events.

    14. A bunch of different stories that are all pretty dang good. He does a great job of telling more then just the adventure by going into a bit of history.

    15. Loved the impossible tales of survival. Makes my lab life seem so ordinary and mundane. Makes me want to go climb something big. Something far away from Georgia.

    16. Classic mountaineering stories - some of which I have read in the original text, but still some great reading.

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