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Everest the Cruel Way [Kindle Edition]

Joe Tasker , Chris Bonington

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In November 1980 an eight-man British team set out to climb Mount Everest in a style never before attempted. Their goal was to reach the summit via the infamous West Ridge, to climb it without the aid of supplementary oxygen and to do it in winter, at the time of year when the Himalayan climate is at its worst. On 30 January 1981 Joe Tasker and Ade Burgess stood on the crest of the West Ridge of the mountain, at a height of 24,000 feet. Below them were their companions, some exhausted, some crippled by illness, all virtually incapacitated. Further progress was impossible. The expedition retreated. Everest the Cruel Way is Joe Tasker’s story of this attempt to climb the highest mountain on earth – a climb which proved too much for even a group of Britain’s finest mountaineers. First published in 1981, and available now for the first time as an ebook, Tasker’s epic account of the Everest West Ridge expedition vividly describes experiences which no climber had previously encountered or endured – and in doing so Tasker weaves a gripping narrative, not only of one man’s quest to climb Everest but of the whole challenge of what motivates men and women to search for conquests hitherto unachieved. Joe Tasker was one of Britain’s best mountaineers. He was a pioneer of lightweight, Alpine-style climbing in the Greater Ranges and had a special talent for writing. He died, along with his friend Peter Boardman, high on Everest in 1982 while attempting a new and unclimbed line. Both men were superb mountaineers and talented writers. The literary legacy of Tasker and Boardman lives on through the Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature, established by family and friends in 1983 and presented annually to the author or co-authors of an original work which has made an outstanding contribution to mountain literature. For more information about the Boardman Tasker Prize, visit:


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4.0 von 5 Sternen Intense & unrelenting 22. Februar 2014
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Calling it "the cruel way" was quite the understatement - a truly godawful experience, the only positive aspect of which was that they all came out of it alive. That time. The story really is riveting, but the numerous typos, grammatical errors punctuation errors, and poor layout (ragged right margins, virtually no paragraph indent) drove me crazy. Someone needs to do a massive editing job on this e-book. Not changing a word, of course. But fixing the layout.
2.0 von 5 Sternen It was so bad that it was constantly irritating and distracting 27. Oktober 2014
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This was the most poorly edited book I have ever read, and I read a lot. It was so bad that it was constantly irritating and distracting. Periods, commas, colons, dashes were inserted where they didn't belong on almost every page. Words were misspelled, spaces between words wrongly placed. I am appalled that it got through a publisher. It's a disgrace to the writer and publisher.
The story was only average, with an anti-climactic ending.
I rated it a '2' instead of '1' only because I learned a few things about the climbing process.
2.0 von 5 Sternen Poor grammar makes this a "cruel" read. 10. Februar 2015
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I cannot recommend this book. The grammar is absolutely atrocious to the point of making it "cruel" to read. For example, the author sprinkles commas so indiscriminately that it is difficult to read even a single paragraph without getting frustrated. In addition, the scene changes from Camp 1 to Camp 3 and back again with no warning, so one never quite knows where the action is taking place. Of course, this should take nothing away from Joe Tasker' incredible skill and bravery and his tragic death on Everest.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Everest West Ridge 1. April 2014
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Loved this book. Climbers made a huge effort to climb Everest West Ridge in winter. Wonderful details of the climb with the terrible winds and snows, snow caves to try to survive in, and various illnesses plagued the expedition. After 3 months, they had to make a decision as to whether to continue trying to summit. Read the book to see if they were successful or not!
4.0 von 5 Sternen . 28. März 2014
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A superb read if perhaps a little drawn out, but gripping and illuminating nonetheless. If you like reading about man's limits of endurance then this is the book for you.
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