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Everest the Cruel Way


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AcknowledgementsForeword by Chris Bonington 'A Great Partnership'Chapter 1 A Step FurtherChapter 2 The Idea and the TeamChapter 3 Going to the Widow MakerChapter 4 Attacking the RampartsChapter 5 The Lho LaChapter 6 Progress and PunishmentChapter 7 ChristmasChapter 8 Grim NightsChapter 9 'In the mountains one forgets to count the days'Chapter 10 Attrition and the Turning PointChapter 11 Straight TalkingChapter 12 The Wind Up

About the Author

Joe Tasker (1948-1982) was a phenomenal mountaineer, an innovative pioneer of lightweight climbing with a real talent for writing. He died attempting a new route on Mount Everest with his friend Peter Boardman. Their deaths marked the end of a remarkable era in British mountaineering. Tasker began climbing in his teens. Increasingly drawn to mountaineering, he made several remarkable ascents in the Alps, including the first British winter ascent of the Eiger North Face. Progressing to the Himalaya, he began to tackle routes of extreme technical difficulty in a bold, lightweight style at a time when huge expeditions and siege tactics were still the mountaineering norm. Among his many climbs were the first ascent of the awesome West Wall of Changabang with Peter Boardman, the first ascent of Mount Kongur and an epic attempt on K2 with Boardman, reaching nearly 8,000 metres before being thwarted by unsettled weather. Tasker was a fantastic writer and the author of two books. The first was Everest the Cruel Way, an exciting account of his winter attempt on Everest. The second Savage Arena, recounted his adventures in the 'savage arena of the high mountains' and was finished just before he left for Everest in 1982. Both have become mountaineering classics. Tasker and Boardman left two legacies: their innovative climbs and the books they wrote. The Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature was established in memory of the two men by their family and friends. It is presented annually to the author or co-authors of an original work which has made an outstanding contribution to mountain literature. For more information, visit: www.boardmantasker.com


'If any writer has expressed the essence of winter climbing in the Himalayas, it is Joe Tasker.' - Reinhold Messner

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