Annapurna: The First Conquest of an 8,000-Meter Peak by Maurice Herzog

By Maurice Herzog

Mountaineer Maurice Herzog provides a gripping firsthand account of 1 of the main bold hiking expeditions in history

Annapurna I is the identify given to the 8,100-meter mountain that ranks one of the so much forbidding within the Himalayan chain. harmful not only for its severe top yet for a protracted and treacherous method, its summit proved unreachable until eventually 1950, whilst a gaggle of French mountaineers made a mad sprint for its top. They turned the 1st males to complete the feat, doing so with out oxygen tanks or any of the trendy gear that modern climbers use.

The experience approximately fee them their lives. Maurice Herzog dictated this firsthand account of the awesome trek from a medical institution mattress as he recovered from accidents sustained in the course of the climb. An fast bestseller, it continues to be the most well-known climbing books of all time, and an everlasting testomony to the ability of the human spirit.

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Fifteen minutes after starting, you’ll feel like you are kilometres from anywhere. The palette of colours are a feast for the eyes, with orange banksia flowers, pink and crimson angophora trunks, yellow and gold wattles, lime-green bracken and mosses, and pink boronia and spider flowers. With the constant accompaniment of the gurgling Lyrebird Gully Creek as it cascades over small drops and around rocks, you’ll hear a symphony of sounds, including frogs and an avian choir of wrens, cockatoos, rainbow lorikeets and whipbirds.

There is no reliable drinking water, but some tank water is usually available. The campsite’s position in a valley (away from the river) means it is very sheltered, but can be bitterly cold in winter. Flowering heathland The highlight of the campsite though is the wildlife – in particular a community of common wombats that wander around just after dark. Keeping quiet, and with torches off, take a walk down the dirt road to the picnic and large-group camping area. Turn your torch on when you hear a noise, and you’ll almost certainly spot a wombat or two.

There is no reliable drinking water, but some tank water is usually available. The campsite’s position in a valley (away from the river) means it is very sheltered, but can be bitterly cold in winter. Flowering heathland The highlight of the campsite though is the wildlife – in particular a community of common wombats that wander around just after dark. Keeping quiet, and with torches off, take a walk down the dirt road to the picnic and large-group camping area. Turn your torch on when you hear a noise, and you’ll almost certainly spot a wombat or two.

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