Anatoli Boukreev was a Russian Kazakhstani professional mountaineer. He was an experienced climber of eight-thousander peaks, and was the lead climbing guide in the Mountain Madness team during the 1996 Mount Everest Disaster. He rescued three clients left stranded after the blizzard struck. He tells his account of these dramatic events in The Climb. He died when an avalanche hit Annapurna I on Christmas Day 1997.
Powerful . . . a breath of brisk, sometimes bitter clarity . . . Boukreev did the one thing that denies the void. He took action. He chose danger, and he saved lives. * New York Times *
The Climb has a story that will grip and haunt you. -- Alex Garland, author of The Beach and The Tesseract
This is essential reading for anyone who has read Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air . . . Krakauer painted Boukreev as an irresponsible Russian villain; but that night, Boukreev effected on of mountaineering history's most remarkable rescues. * Guardian *
One of the most amazing rescues in mountaineering history, performed single-handedly a few hours after climbing Everest without oxygen by a man some describe as the Tiger Woods of Himalayan climbing. * Wall Street Journal *
Boukreev acted with extraordinary heroism . . . [In The Climb] first-person anecdotes, plus excerpts from taped base-camp interviews, are skillfully fleshed out by co-author G. Weston DeWalt * Rock & Ice Magazine *