Winter 8000

Climbing the world's highest mountains in the coldest season
Vertebrate Publishing
  • erscheint ca. am 3. September 2020
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • 272 Seiten
978-1-912560-38-7 (ISBN)
'He appeared, without a word, in the tent's entrance, covered in ice. He looked like anyone would after spending over twenty-four hours in a hurricane at over 8,000 metres. In winter. In the Karakoram. He was so exhausted he couldn't speak.'

Of all the games mountaineers play on the world's high mountains, the hardest - and cruellest - is climbing the fourteen peaks over 8,000 metres in the bitter cold of winter. Ferocious winds that can pick you up and throw you down, freezing temperatures that burn your lungs and numb your bones, weeks of psychological torment in dark isolation: these are adventures for those with an iron will and a ruthless determination.

For the first time, award-winning author Bernadette McDonald tells the story of how Poland's ice warriors made winter their own, perfecting what they dubbed 'the art of suffering' as they fought their way to the summit of Everest in the winter of 1980 - the first 8,000-metre peak they climbed this way but by no means their last. She reveals what it was that inspired the Poles to take up this brutal game, how increasing numbers of climbers from other nations were inspired to enter the arena, and how competition intensified as each remaining peak finally submitted to leave just one awaiting a winter ascent, the meanest of them all: K2.

Winter 8000 is the story of true adventure at its most demanding.
  • Englisch
  • Sheffield
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  • Großbritannien
Vertebrate Graphics Ltd
  • mit Schutzumschlag (bedruckt)
Halftones, color; Halftones, black and white
  • Höhe: 240 mm
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  • Breite: 162 mm
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  • Dicke: 25 mm
  • 600 gr
978-1-912560-38-7 (9781912560387)

Bernadette McDonald is the author of eleven books on mountaineering and mountain culture, including Art of Freedom (2017), Freedom Climbers (2011), Alpine Warriors (2015), Keeper of the Mountains: the Elizabeth Hawley Story (2012), Tomaz Humar (2008) and Brotherhood of the Rope: the Biography of Charles Houston (2007). McDonald has won numerous awards, including her second Boardman Tasker Prize and the Banff Award for Mountain Literature for Art of Freedom in 2017. She won her first Boardman Tasker Prize and the Banff Mountain Book Festival Grand Prize for Freedom Climbers in 2011. She has also won Italy's ITAS Prize for mountain writing (2010) and is a three-time winner of India's Kekoo Naoroji Award for Mountain Literature. In 2012 the American Alpine Club awarded her their highest literary honour for excellence in mountain literature. She was the founding Vice President of Mountain Culture at the Banff Centre and director of the Banff Mountain Festivals for twenty years. She has also received the Alberta Order of Excellence (2009), the Summit of Excellence Award from the Banff Centre (2007), the King Albert Award for international leadership in the field of mountain culture and environment (2006), and the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal (2002). Bernadette has degrees in English Literature and Music, with specialisation in performance and analytical theory. When not writing, she climbs, hikes, skis, paddles and grows grapes.
Introduction A Solitary Vision

Chapter One Everest - First Time Lucky
Chapter Two Manaslu - Zakopane Boys
Chapter Three Dhaulagiri - The Looking Glass
Chapter Four Cho Oyu - Two for Two
Chapter Five Kangchenjunga - How Much Is Too Much?
Chapter Six Annapurna - Carpe Diem
Chapter Seven Lhotse - Climbing in a Corset
Chapter Eight Shishapangma - The Italian
Chapter Nine Makalu - Two Against the Wind
Chapter Ten Gasherbrum II - Avalanche
Chapter Eleven Gasherbrum I - Lost Fathers
Chapter Twelve Broad Peak - Unfinished Business
Chapter Thirteen Nanga Parbat - Magnificent Obsession
Chapter Fourteen K2 - A Mountain for Thoroughbreds

Conclusion Ice Warriors

Appendix A Selected List of Climbers
Appendix B Summary of First Winter Ascents of 8000ers

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