The author of this book is the man who cut the rope in Joe Simpson's award-winning account of their struggle for survival in "Touching the Void". Afterwards, while Simpson recuperated from multiple leg injuries, Yates continued mountaineering on the hardest routes, perhaps the most testing of which was the world's largest vertical rock-face, towering 4000 feet above the eastern face of Paine in Chile. This is his account of that challenge. Faced with ferocious storms, Yates and his three companions should have turned back. Instead, they battled on, living in hammocks suspended over the yawning chasm below. Their greatest difficulties, however, came not from the elements but from within themselves. Almost crippled with fear just below the summit, the disillusioned team was forced into a nightmare retreat. After resting at a nearby town, they returned to complete the climb.
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Published/Written by: Maurice Herzog, Joe Simpson (Introduction)
Herzog was the leader of the French expedition up Annapurna in 1952. This is his account of the conquest of the mountain, more than 8000 metres high, and at that time, the highest mountain ever climbed.
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For accomplished climbers who want to take it to the next level, this is the book for you. Mark Twight provides expert advice on how to approach the world''s most demanding routes. He covers training for psychological fitness and gives tips on clothing.'
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