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Everest Mountain without Mercy Imax

Everest Mountain without Mercy Imax

By A Customer

If you have a collection of books about Everest or mountain adventures in general, this book is a necessary addition. Being on the mountain at the same time of the disastrous 1996 climbs of Rob Hall's and Scott Fischer's expeditions adds extra interest to the book, and gives the reader still another perspective on that episode. But more valuable, the photographs (both related to the disaster, as well as of Everest and the surrounding countryside) give the reader a much better handle on what it looks like up there. They bring home, much more vividly, some of the risks and dangers that climbers undertake when they start that climb. A great book to read, and a great one to give as a gift for those you know who enjoy adventures or adventure reading such as this.

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  1. 5.0 out of 5 stars

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  2. Carmella Hendricks26 Desember 2010 06.32

    This is a beautiful, large coffee table sized book. The photography is sharp, clear and the colors are beautiful. What is most impressive is the range of the text. It takes up the culture of the Sherpas, Buddhism, some geological and physiological findings as well as the climbing and filming of the Everest IMAX movie.Sponsored by the National Geographic, and led by David Breashears, a highly respected leader and photographer, this was a dream team in operation. Lead climber was Ed Viesturs, brilliant U.S. climber who has attained 12 of the 14 highest peaks in the world, all without supplemental oxygen. I am happy to report he is not just a myth; his favorite meal on the mountain is Spam, yes Spam. Also this grueling trip was his "honeymoon." His bride accompanied him to Base Camp (about 17,000 feet) and got to worry about him for a solid month. I enjoyed reading about sparkling Aracali Segarra, attempting to be the first Spanish woman to summit Everest (she made it!) She is living proof that female mountaineers can be pretty and vivacious as well as awesome athletes.The IMAX team was of enormous assistance to the beleaguered Hall/Fisher teams. They supplied oxygen, helped rescue and support the injured climbers on the South Face. Some of the pictures are brutal of the rescue attempts. The pictures of the mountain are splendid. The viewer will get an excellent sense of Everest's brooding size. To me, Everest is a Godzilla of a mountain. It does not have the proportioned beauty of K-2; it is one enormous hulk. But this does not take away from its majesty and awe. To the Sherpas, climbing Mt. Everest is a spiritual experience, something that is done with many prayers and much reverence.Everest: Mountain Without Mercy will give you hours of enjoyment. It covers so many aspects of the area, and is beautifully printed and bound. I recommend it for your own reading or an excellent gift.
    -sweetmolly-Amazon Reviewer

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  3. Takes you right to the Himalayas., September 3, 1998

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  4. If you have a collection of books about Everest or mountain adventures in general, this book is a necessary addition. Being on the mountain at the same time of the disastrous 1996 climbs of Rob Hall's and Scott Fischer's expeditions adds extra interest to the book, and gives the reader still another perspective on that episode. But more valuable, the photographs (both related to the disaster, as well as of Everest and the surrounding countryside) give the reader a much better handle on what it looks like up there. They bring home, much more vividly, some of the risks and dangers that climbers undertake when they start that climb. A great book to read, and a great one to give as a gift for those you know who enjoy adventures or adventure reading such as this.

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  5. Cathleen Mcdowell28 November 2012 02.32

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  6. I don't know where I was in May 1996 that I missed out on this real life story. This book did an excellent job of recapturing the events of that month on Everest. I was transported back as if the events were happening real time. The pictures really took me there (well as close as I'll most likely ever get). I was taken in by the majesty as well as the tragedy of this story and those who lost their lives to Everest and to their insatiable desire to reach the summit. As opposed to Krakauer's book, Into Thin Air (which I read after being so enthralled with this book) I enjoyed this more impartial view and factual account of all the factors surrounding a decision to attempt a summit bid to the top of the world. After reading this book I can understand a person's desire to climb the summit but cement my own desire to climb no higher that 10 or 11,000 feet. I also enjoyed learning about the filming of an IMAX presentation. An excellent and enjoyable read.

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  7. I bought this book for the photography alone: this is as close as I am ever likely to get to the Himalayas.

    The photographs are spectacular, and I can see why so many people are challenged to want to make the journey to Base Camp if not further. Appearances can be deceptive: beautiful colour photographs portray a seemingly benevolent picture of Everest which is quite at odds with reality.

    Recommended for those with an interest in the Himalayas as well as to those who admire beautiful photography.

    Jennifer Cameron-Smith

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  8. 16 of 16 people found the following review helpful

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