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One of the good works of mountain climbing literature

WITH AN creation by way of JOE SIMPSON

In 1950, no mountain larger than 8,000 meters had ever been climbed. Maurice Herzog and different individuals of the French Alpine membership resolved to try out. this is often the enchanting tale of the 1st conquest of Annapurna and the harrowing descent. With breathtaking braveness and grit appear on each web page, Annapurna is among the maximum experience tales ever told.

As good as an advent through Joe Simpson, this new version contains sixteen pages of photos, which supply a extraordinary visible checklist of this mythical expedition.

The exceptional French mountaineer Maurice Herzog was once chief of the 1950 excursion to Annapurna. He was once one of many climbers to arrive the summit.

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The nice Dambush Khola cirque is contained at the north by means of a ridge coming from the Tukucha top. on the foot of Dhaulagiri at the north part there's one other basin, that’s all. but when we’ve received to go the ridge to get to that basin sooner than tackling the north face, then we’ll nonetheless be right here subsequent yr! ’ i used to be starting to be shaken, yet we needed to go away it at that if we have been to arrive camp that very same night. We made a few lengthy glissades down the snow, stopped to take a number of photographs and choose up a few stones for the geologists, and at four. 30, sunburnt and satisfied, have been sipping awesome tea with milk again in camp at Tukucha. ‘What, didn’t you even see Dhaulagiri? ’ The others have been astonished. doubtless that they had been watching for a 1:20,000 map in reduction, and colored too, upon our go back from the day out. ‘You must not ever anticipate an excessive amount of from a reconnaissance. Everything’s on any such large scale. It’s certain to take days and days of marching to get a view of the north face, even from a distance …’ ‘No put up? ’ requested Ichac. ‘Nothing,’ spoke back Noyelle; ‘I’ve spoken to G. B. and he's making inquiries. ’ ‘What approximately Annapurna? have you ever visible it? ’ I requested Oudot and Schatz who had simply come again. ‘Only the very most sensible half. ’ ‘Ah, finally! ’ ‘The little we observed regarded okay. i believe it inspired us favourably, didn’t it, Oudot? Getting there, notwithstanding, is sort of one other topic, and I’m afraid it’s going to be a bit a puzzle. yet in fact we merely had a really far-off view. ’ ‘We have been simply capable of select, above the gorges of the Miristi, a type of melancholy which in this aspect appeared attainable. the opposite facet is an unknown issue. We’d need to get a miles nearer view so as to say something. ’ ‘You ’re correct, we’ll need to get a miles clearer thought of it,’ I acknowledged to Oudot. ‘As quickly as you’re rested, you could burst off back, this time for numerous days. ’ For the instant we have been thoroughly at nighttime. We mentioned all of it ceaselessly, yet this didn’t bring up our wisdom by means of one iota. ‘Hi, Maurice! Here’s the boss! ’ Noyelle got here in with G. B. and a gentleman of 40 or so, well-dressed, and donning boots. He had high quality drooping moustaches, and seemed clever. It was once the Suba, the top guy of the district. there have been Hindu greetings on either side. ‘He comes from Tinigaon,’ our pal G. B. trained me with emphasis, pointing to a local who had held again till then. ‘He’s a pal of the good guy. ’ A looking interrogation started, for the fellow used to be a shikari who claimed to be completely good familiar with the Tilicho move. We needed to take him to examine our map. ‘Tilicho go, on the foot of Annapurna? No? There. What? ’ ‘But it’s impossible – north of the Nilgiris? and never south? Isn’t it alongside the Miristi? ’ He has to be muddling it up with one other cross – the Thorungse, above Muktinath. ‘No, glance, he says no. ’ ‘Let’s see, it’s most vital. If the Tilicho move is to the north of the Nilgiris we should always need to go them to get to Annapurna, which might be most unlikely, in any other case make a major détour to the north. ’ ‘Can he take us to the Tilicho cross?

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