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Near Death in the Mountains: True Stories of Disaster and by Cecil Kuhne

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By Cecil Kuhne

“He wrapped the rope round his physique, received able to rappel and leaned again. status approximately 5 toes from him, I heard a pointy scraping, abruptly Ed was once flying. i'll see him fall, wordless, fifty toes loose, then strike the steep ice below…he was once sliding and bouncing down. He handed out of sight, yet I heard his physique bouncing. There wasn't an opportunity of his preventing for 4,000 feet.”—From David Robert's The Mountain of My FearIn those thrillingly real stories of slim brushes with demise, Cecil Kuhne has accrued a variety of tales that convey the striking energy of the mountains. Spanning 5 continents, from the frosty tip of Mount McKinley within the useless of the iciness, to the unexplored vastness of the Himalayas and past, this can be a pulse-pounding selection of catastrophe and survival on the most sensible of the realm. additionally featuring:• Joe Simpson's Touching the Void—An inspiring tale of a climber who topples right into a icy crevasse and, even though crippled, ravenous and frostbitten, nonetheless manages to move slowly to rescue. • Jon Krakauer's Eiger Dreams—Reaching the boundaries of his personal hiking talents, the writer makes a vital selection even if to courageous the treacherous better altitudes or go back to base.• Nando Parrado's Miracle within the Andes—The beautiful first-person account of a Peruvian rugby team's aircraft crash within the Chilean Andes and their harrowing trip down the mountain for aid.

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When at last we reached the gap between Petit Gendarme and “Black Tooth,” we felt exhausted in every muscle and nerve. ” Only I know how often I had resisted the temptation to eat them before this. m. ” Fortunately we managed to find the red arrow marking the point where we should start the descent of Dutton Peak north face. We roped on again and started our traverse back. m. Only three and a half hours of daylight remained. Descending the more difficult rocks—and descending in mountaineering is as a rule more difficult than climbing—we realised at every step how weary we were.

The appointed hour to start up the wall, it was raining and some major ice and rockfall was strafing the face. The climb was off. Secretly relieved, I went back to bed and immediately sank into a deep slumber. m to the sound of birds chirping. The weather had turned perfect once again. Hurriedly, we threw our packs together. As we started up the Nordwand my stomach felt like a dog had been chewing on it all night. ” It isn’t, at least not under the conditions we found it. Although there were few moves that were technically difficult, the climbing was continuously insecure.

A former whitewater rafting guide, he has also written nine books about rafting, kayaking, and canoeing. He lives in Dallas. ALSO EDITED BY CECIL KUHNE Near Death on the High Seas On the Edge The Armchair Paddler A VINTAGE DEPARTURES ORIGINAL, JULY 2008 Copyright © 2008 by Cecil Kuhne All rights reserved. , New York, and in Canada by Random House of Canada Limited, Toronto. Vintage is a registered trademark and Vintage Departures and colophon are trademarks of Random House, Inc. Permissions appear at the end of the book.

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