The author describes his solo climb of the world s highest mountain and briefly discusses the history of past expeditions...
|Title||:||The Crystal Horizon: Everest-The First Solo Ascent|
|Publisher||:||Mountaineers Books 1st US edition October 1, 1989|
|Number of Pages||:||322 pages|
|File Size||:||586 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Crystal Horizon: Everest-The First Solo Ascent Reviews
An outstanding book, about probably the most incredible Himalayan ascent of any 8000+ meter peak. Climbing Mt. Everest solo without ANY support from Sherpas or any other climbers, with an unheard-of 4-person 'expedition' (only with his girlfriend, a mandated Chinese military 'liaison officer', and a translator), no 'fixed ropes', no bottled oxygen. Not only that, he ventured forth in the 'monsoon' of summer when other climbers fear to tread the high mountains of that region. The achievement in itself is a worthy read, but Messner is a sensitive and philosophical person, who engages with the cultures and people en route, and ably shares all of that with us as well. Messner is not only the finest high-altitude mountaineer in history, he is also fabulous writer, and the translation from the original German (he is Austrian, from the Tyrolean Alps) is faithful to his style and nature. I have a very large collection of mountaineering books, and this at or near the top. Not because of an epic survival (like Touching The Void), or epic disaster (Into Thin Air) but because of an epic vision carried to completion, against impossible odds, and wise perspectives on things other than just the mountain.
Everest is a household name and has been for a long time all over the world. I was very impressed with this book. I learned more about Tibet, its people, religion and history than you will ever be taught in a western school. This book is full of fantastic photos of this region and its people. The logistics of this feat and polotics of dealing with the Chinese as well as the cost amazed me. His trip was difficult before he ever began the trek to the mountain itself. This mountain is constantly assaulted by huge (and well financed) expeditions mostly from the southern (easier) route. This book follows Messner on the north side of the mountain which is a more difficult route. It takes more than freakish genetics, an insane no quit attitude, and the mental toughness to deal with doing this totally alone. You have to luck into good weather. Messner left a female companion at a camp of 6500 meters (enough to kill most mortals in itself) and took his all his provisions on his back. Carrying a mere 10 lbs at this altitude would be the equivalent of hiking 15 miles over unstable terrain with a fat girl on your back breathing through a straw. No ropes, no Sherpa support, no radio, no crevasse ladders, and no help if he got into trouble. And he pulled this off. Messner is one of the toughest human beings I have ever seen.
Best book I have ever read without doubt. Takes you completely into the journey and makes you feel very much part of the achievement. His writing style can be stilted but just a must have for any armchair or real adventurer's bookshelf.
This ought to be a great book. The first man to climb Everest without oxygen from the North at the height of the monsoon season. Messner was about to do solo, without any form of support whatsoever beyond advanced base camp.
One of the best books that I have ever read. A wonderful story about love, mountains, a people and a life philosophy.
Any Messner book is a welcome addition to My collection.must read book....
I bought this expecting some good hair-raising style mountaineering story--not at all what I got! I would say three quarters of the book is a combination of Messner's praise for himself and arrogant musings about how he feels superior to other human beings, the process of getting a permit to climb Mount Everst and his extended trip to get there, and a regular account from his (seemingly) girl friend who never really understands Messner's self-centered ways. Finally only at the very last 30-40 pages of the book does he recount any mountaineering on Everest. Sure it was interesting to learn about China and Tibet, just not what I expected. His arrogant and philosophical musings on the other hand, although I'm sure we're all a bit self-centered, were a bit out of place, and the journal entries from his girlfriend really throw a dim light on his character. Not that I expected him to be perfect, but if he wanted to connect with his audience he could've showed more personality. As far as the writting goes, I thought it was grammatically ok although I had to read several sentences over a few times before I understood them, but that wasn't enough for me to dislike the book. Overall it was an enjoyable read, but if you're interested in real mountaineering books I would look elsewhere (Beyond the Mountain is my favorite so far).