Climbing High: A Woman's Account of Surviving the Everest

Climbing High: A Woman's Account of Surviving the Everest

Climbing High: A Woman's Account of Surviving the Everest Tragedy [BOOKS] ✸ Climbing High: A Woman's Account of Surviving the Everest Tragedy Author Lene Gammelgaard – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk On May , , Lene Gammelgaard became the first Scandinavian woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest But a raging storm and human error conspired to turn triumph into catastrophe Eight of her team s c On May A Woman's PDF/EPUB À Lene Gammelgaard became the first Scandinavian woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest But a raging storm and human error conspired to turn triumph into catastrophe Eight of her team s climbers, including its renowned leader Scott Fischer, perished in a tragedy that Climbing High: Epub / would make headlines around the world In her riveting account, Gammelgaard takes us from her weeks of determined training to the exhilaration of arriving in Nepal to the arduous climb and deadly storm that forced her and her fellow climbers to huddle throughout the night, hoping to High: A Woman's PDF Í stay alive Gammelgaard also writes movingly of Everest s awesome beauty of the passion and commitment required to face the daunting challenge of climbing to high altitudes and of the complex personal relationships forged in the pursuit of such dangerous ventures Arlene Blum, author of the classic account of women and mountaineering, Annapurna A Woman s Place, calls Climbing High an honest and deeply personal account.


10 thoughts on “Climbing High: A Woman's Account of Surviving the Everest Tragedy

  1. Alain DeWitt Alain DeWitt says:

    Ever since reading Jon Krakauer s Into Thin Air I have been very interested in Mount Everest literature, especially books recounting the events of the 1996 disaster.Lene Gammelgaard was a member of Scott Fischer s Mountain Madness expedition and survived the storm that claimed the lives of Fischer and fellow expedition leader Rob Hall as well as clients Doug Hansen and Yasuko Namba She was also the first out of the gate with a book recounting her experience.Unfortunately, it s a terrible book Ever since reading Jon Krakauer s Into Thin Air I have been very interested in Mount Everest literature, especially books recounting the events of the 1996 disaster.Lene Gammelgaard was a member of Scott Fischer s Mountain Madness expedition and survived the storm that claimed the lives of Fischer and fellow expedition leader Rob Hall as well as clients Doug Hansen and Yasuko Namba She was also the first out of the gate with a book recounting her experience.Unfortunately, it s a terrible book It mostly reads like a series of diary entries Its main flaw is how self centered Gammelgaard is Much of the book is Gammelgaard s internal dialogue concerning her preparations and it s just not compelling reading at all She s rightly concerned as to whether or not she will make the summit Who wouldn t be But that doesn t mean I want to read about these doubts ad infinitum Also, the book is littered with nonsensical New Age, vaguely Eastern sounding philosophical gibberish Sentences such as I am responsible for my own serenity can be found on just about every page I would like to giveexamples, but on finishing the book I threw it away She frequently refers to and addresses Mount Everest as Mother Goddess of the Earth Hint it s a mountain not some kind of earth spirit You get the idea.The other main issue I found was one of pacing The book is 210 pages long She doesn t even get to the summit bid until page 160 So she devotes just 50 pages to recount the most critical events of the narrative She probably should have taken a fewmonths and gone into somedetail She barely talks about the people and events of Rob Hall s Adventure Consultants expedition even though the fates of these two groups is forever entwined.I suppose her editor and publisher were eager to be first to market but it comes as the expense of a compelling story If you are interested in the 1996 Everest disaster read Krakauer s Into Thin Air or Anatoli Boukreev s The Climb but skip this substance less account


  2. Marvelle Morgan Marvelle Morgan says:

    Although I tremendously enjoy reading about the 1996 Mt Everest tragedy, I didn t enjoy this account nearly as much as the books by Jon Krakauer and Anatoli Boukreev I felt it was poorly written and very disjointed Also, it really wasnt so much about the expedition as it was about Lene s own personal climb and her disappointment at not being able to climb without oxygen.The tone of the book seems very self congratulatory She tells readers many times how she is one of the strongest, fastest c Although I tremendously enjoy reading about the 1996 Mt Everest tragedy, I didn t enjoy this account nearly as much as the books by Jon Krakauer and Anatoli Boukreev I felt it was poorly written and very disjointed Also, it really wasnt so much about the expedition as it was about Lene s own personal climb and her disappointment at not being able to climb without oxygen.The tone of the book seems very self congratulatory She tells readers many times how she is one of the strongest, fastest climbers and how their team is so much stronger than any other team on the mountain.I also was very sad that she completely ignored relating any of the deaths from other teams.It was an okay book and gives a different perspective which is always important when reading these type of accounts because everyone s memories accounts are going to differ slightly I have just enjoyed reading other s stories of the 96 climbthan this one


  3. chucklesthescot chucklesthescot says:

    The author is one of the most self obsessed, whiny and irritating climbers that I ve ever had the misfortune to read about Yes I get that it is about her journey but seriously, I got tired of reading how wonderful she was, how superior to everyone she was You get the feeling that she believed she could have stopped everyone dying in the disaster if she was in charge She barely talks about the death all around her, preferring to be critical of other climbers and whining about not being the cen The author is one of the most self obsessed, whiny and irritating climbers that I ve ever had the misfortune to read about Yes I get that it is about her journey but seriously, I got tired of reading how wonderful she was, how superior to everyone she was You get the feeling that she believed she could have stopped everyone dying in the disaster if she was in charge She barely talks about the death all around her, preferring to be critical of other climbers and whining about not being the centre of everyone s attention I had the feeling she wasinterested in flaunting herself at Anatoly and trying to get his attention, than anything else Terrible self indulgent trash


  4. Anna Anna says:

    Horrible book Bad writer or translator , judgemental and annoying person This book proves to me that not everyone has a book in them, even if they are part of something incredible like the 1996 Everest season.


  5. Kim Kim says:

    This book is a solid 4.5 stars I could not give five stars because it was written too concisely and it seemed sometimes with too much sentiment with the flowery, new age psycho babble and not enough sentiment with the real life drama that unfolded I give Lene much kudos for her title of first Dane woman to summit, but toward the end, this title that keeps flying around in her words seems selfish and off putting She keeps putting it in our face too much while others have died There is some hu This book is a solid 4.5 stars I could not give five stars because it was written too concisely and it seemed sometimes with too much sentiment with the flowery, new age psycho babble and not enough sentiment with the real life drama that unfolded I give Lene much kudos for her title of first Dane woman to summit, but toward the end, this title that keeps flying around in her words seems selfish and off putting She keeps putting it in our face too much while others have died There is some humility there, but it s not believable to me Most importantly, in my opinion, because Scott forced his hand with the O2, Lene is still alive today This was never mentioned in this book and I think that Lene owes Scott her life today.Otherwise, I learned so much here about the minutia of the expedition and everyday life when preparing for an ascent of Everest The descriptions of the climb were magnificent and I could feel the immediacy of the chaos that unfolded for Lene and her team This is the stuff that made this book so wonderful writing without thought, portraying mere survival This is it just what matters on Everest May God rest the souls of those who perished that day


  6. Lizeth Lizeth says:

    I love reading expedition stories I would read it again without thinking, it is very inspiring to find stories of mountaineering from the perspective of women


  7. Lynda Lynda says:

    This book is nothing like Into Thin Air which was a really good, gripping tale of the Everest Tragedy It is a first hand account but is written like a journal or diary It does provide an interesting itinerary of her trip and what she was going through However, it doesn t focus on much else She mentions some of the other climbers and the leader, Scott, but mostly in a very superficial manner It isn t a terrible book but she is not a good writer it rambles, is self serving and not that This book is nothing like Into Thin Air which was a really good, gripping tale of the Everest Tragedy It is a first hand account but is written like a journal or diary It does provide an interesting itinerary of her trip and what she was going through However, it doesn t focus on much else She mentions some of the other climbers and the leader, Scott, but mostly in a very superficial manner It isn t a terrible book but she is not a good writer it rambles, is self serving and not that insightful That being said, I did like reading it once I accepted it as her journal even though it doesn t stand up to other books highlighting the climb of Mount Everest If you are going to read one book about this Everest climbing tragedy read Jon Krakauer s account instead


  8. YoSafBridg YoSafBridg says:

    I think i might be a bit biased towards Krakauer s Into Thin Air perhaps because that is the account of the Everest tragedy i read first, perhaps because i see him asobjective but this is still a compelling read as i find most Everest accounts And who knows what is closest to the truth, we all have our own reconstructed memories, and memories can be nothing else.


  9. Koeeoaddi Koeeoaddi says:

    For Everest completists Not terrible, but no analysis of the tragedy and scarcely even any acknowledgment of the deaths outside her own team, except in footnotes The book really could use an epilogue should belike 2.5 stars


  10. Bedrooped Bookworms Bedrooped Bookworms says:

    The author, Lene Gammelgaard, begins the book with a foreword about what is to come If you are not aware I wasn t, except for hearing about it from my wife who has read this book and Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer , in May of 1996 there was a sudden snowstorm on Mount Everest that caught several expeditions by surprise and resulted in the deaths of 8 people in two days So you know at the beginning of the book that this is going to end in a tragedy, if the title alone was not enough Despite th The author, Lene Gammelgaard, begins the book with a foreword about what is to come If you are not aware I wasn t, except for hearing about it from my wife who has read this book and Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer , in May of 1996 there was a sudden snowstorm on Mount Everest that caught several expeditions by surprise and resulted in the deaths of 8 people in two days So you know at the beginning of the book that this is going to end in a tragedy, if the title alone was not enough Despite this, I feel like the book does a great job of showing the ups and downs along the way to the summit of the tallest mountain on Earth.I thought the beginning of the book was a little slow looking for sponsorships, doing conditioning to train her body and mind for climbing the tallest mountain on Earth Even after she arrives in Nepal and continues to prepare and make her way to the first Base Camp, the book did not keep me drilled in Once the actual climbing of the mountain began I was a lotinterested, though there is not a definite point where that happens They begin at Base Camp over a month before actually attempting to make it to the summit, and during this time they are moving up and down between different camps to get their bodies to get used to the cold and low amounts of oxygen.I was not especially interested in reading about the 1996 tragedy on Everest, but I still liked this book I think the author did a good job of portraying what it is like to climb this beast, from the good days to the bad days I would give this a 7 out of 10 for enjoyment and a 4 out of 5 for readability


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10 thoughts on “Climbing High: A Woman's Account of Surviving the Everest Tragedy

  1. Alain DeWitt Alain DeWitt says:

    Ever since reading Jon Krakauer s Into Thin Air I have been very interested in Mount Everest literature, especially books recounting the events of the 1996 disaster.Lene Gammelgaard was a member of Scott Fischer s Mountain Madness expedition and survived the storm that claimed the lives of Fischer and fellow expedition leader Rob Hall as well as clients Doug Hansen and Yasuko Namba She was also the first out of the gate with a book recounting her experience.Unfortunately, it s a terrible book Ever since reading Jon Krakauer s Into Thin Air I have been very interested in Mount Everest literature, especially books recounting the events of the 1996 disaster.Lene Gammelgaard was a member of Scott Fischer s Mountain Madness expedition and survived the storm that claimed the lives of Fischer and fellow expedition leader Rob Hall as well as clients Doug Hansen and Yasuko Namba She was also the first out of the gate with a book recounting her experience.Unfortunately, it s a terrible book It mostly reads like a series of diary entries Its main flaw is how self centered Gammelgaard is Much of the book is Gammelgaard s internal dialogue concerning her preparations and it s just not compelling reading at all She s rightly concerned as to whether or not she will make the summit Who wouldn t be But that doesn t mean I want to read about these doubts ad infinitum Also, the book is littered with nonsensical New Age, vaguely Eastern sounding philosophical gibberish Sentences such as I am responsible for my own serenity can be found on just about every page I would like to giveexamples, but on finishing the book I threw it away She frequently refers to and addresses Mount Everest as Mother Goddess of the Earth Hint it s a mountain not some kind of earth spirit You get the idea.The other main issue I found was one of pacing The book is 210 pages long She doesn t even get to the summit bid until page 160 So she devotes just 50 pages to recount the most critical events of the narrative She probably should have taken a fewmonths and gone into somedetail She barely talks about the people and events of Rob Hall s Adventure Consultants expedition even though the fates of these two groups is forever entwined.I suppose her editor and publisher were eager to be first to market but it comes as the expense of a compelling story If you are interested in the 1996 Everest disaster read Krakauer s Into Thin Air or Anatoli Boukreev s The Climb but skip this substance less account

  2. Marvelle Morgan Marvelle Morgan says:

    Although I tremendously enjoy reading about the 1996 Mt Everest tragedy, I didn t enjoy this account nearly as much as the books by Jon Krakauer and Anatoli Boukreev I felt it was poorly written and very disjointed Also, it really wasnt so much about the expedition as it was about Lene s own personal climb and her disappointment at not being able to climb without oxygen.The tone of the book seems very self congratulatory She tells readers many times how she is one of the strongest, fastest c Although I tremendously enjoy reading about the 1996 Mt Everest tragedy, I didn t enjoy this account nearly as much as the books by Jon Krakauer and Anatoli Boukreev I felt it was poorly written and very disjointed Also, it really wasnt so much about the expedition as it was about Lene s own personal climb and her disappointment at not being able to climb without oxygen.The tone of the book seems very self congratulatory She tells readers many times how she is one of the strongest, fastest climbers and how their team is so much stronger than any other team on the mountain.I also was very sad that she completely ignored relating any of the deaths from other teams.It was an okay book and gives a different perspective which is always important when reading these type of accounts because everyone s memories accounts are going to differ slightly I have just enjoyed reading other s stories of the 96 climbthan this one

  3. chucklesthescot chucklesthescot says:

    The author is one of the most self obsessed, whiny and irritating climbers that I ve ever had the misfortune to read about Yes I get that it is about her journey but seriously, I got tired of reading how wonderful she was, how superior to everyone she was You get the feeling that she believed she could have stopped everyone dying in the disaster if she was in charge She barely talks about the death all around her, preferring to be critical of other climbers and whining about not being the cen The author is one of the most self obsessed, whiny and irritating climbers that I ve ever had the misfortune to read about Yes I get that it is about her journey but seriously, I got tired of reading how wonderful she was, how superior to everyone she was You get the feeling that she believed she could have stopped everyone dying in the disaster if she was in charge She barely talks about the death all around her, preferring to be critical of other climbers and whining about not being the centre of everyone s attention I had the feeling she wasinterested in flaunting herself at Anatoly and trying to get his attention, than anything else Terrible self indulgent trash

  4. Anna Anna says:

    Horrible book Bad writer or translator , judgemental and annoying person This book proves to me that not everyone has a book in them, even if they are part of something incredible like the 1996 Everest season.

  5. Kim Kim says:

    This book is a solid 4.5 stars I could not give five stars because it was written too concisely and it seemed sometimes with too much sentiment with the flowery, new age psycho babble and not enough sentiment with the real life drama that unfolded I give Lene much kudos for her title of first Dane woman to summit, but toward the end, this title that keeps flying around in her words seems selfish and off putting She keeps putting it in our face too much while others have died There is some hu This book is a solid 4.5 stars I could not give five stars because it was written too concisely and it seemed sometimes with too much sentiment with the flowery, new age psycho babble and not enough sentiment with the real life drama that unfolded I give Lene much kudos for her title of first Dane woman to summit, but toward the end, this title that keeps flying around in her words seems selfish and off putting She keeps putting it in our face too much while others have died There is some humility there, but it s not believable to me Most importantly, in my opinion, because Scott forced his hand with the O2, Lene is still alive today This was never mentioned in this book and I think that Lene owes Scott her life today.Otherwise, I learned so much here about the minutia of the expedition and everyday life when preparing for an ascent of Everest The descriptions of the climb were magnificent and I could feel the immediacy of the chaos that unfolded for Lene and her team This is the stuff that made this book so wonderful writing without thought, portraying mere survival This is it just what matters on Everest May God rest the souls of those who perished that day

  6. Lizeth Lizeth says:

    I love reading expedition stories I would read it again without thinking, it is very inspiring to find stories of mountaineering from the perspective of women

  7. Lynda Lynda says:

    This book is nothing like Into Thin Air which was a really good, gripping tale of the Everest Tragedy It is a first hand account but is written like a journal or diary It does provide an interesting itinerary of her trip and what she was going through However, it doesn t focus on much else She mentions some of the other climbers and the leader, Scott, but mostly in a very superficial manner It isn t a terrible book but she is not a good writer it rambles, is self serving and not that This book is nothing like Into Thin Air which was a really good, gripping tale of the Everest Tragedy It is a first hand account but is written like a journal or diary It does provide an interesting itinerary of her trip and what she was going through However, it doesn t focus on much else She mentions some of the other climbers and the leader, Scott, but mostly in a very superficial manner It isn t a terrible book but she is not a good writer it rambles, is self serving and not that insightful That being said, I did like reading it once I accepted it as her journal even though it doesn t stand up to other books highlighting the climb of Mount Everest If you are going to read one book about this Everest climbing tragedy read Jon Krakauer s account instead

  8. YoSafBridg YoSafBridg says:

    I think i might be a bit biased towards Krakauer s Into Thin Air perhaps because that is the account of the Everest tragedy i read first, perhaps because i see him asobjective but this is still a compelling read as i find most Everest accounts And who knows what is closest to the truth, we all have our own reconstructed memories, and memories can be nothing else.

  9. Koeeoaddi Koeeoaddi says:

    For Everest completists Not terrible, but no analysis of the tragedy and scarcely even any acknowledgment of the deaths outside her own team, except in footnotes The book really could use an epilogue should belike 2.5 stars

  10. Bedrooped Bookworms Bedrooped Bookworms says:

    The author, Lene Gammelgaard, begins the book with a foreword about what is to come If you are not aware I wasn t, except for hearing about it from my wife who has read this book and Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer , in May of 1996 there was a sudden snowstorm on Mount Everest that caught several expeditions by surprise and resulted in the deaths of 8 people in two days So you know at the beginning of the book that this is going to end in a tragedy, if the title alone was not enough Despite th The author, Lene Gammelgaard, begins the book with a foreword about what is to come If you are not aware I wasn t, except for hearing about it from my wife who has read this book and Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer , in May of 1996 there was a sudden snowstorm on Mount Everest that caught several expeditions by surprise and resulted in the deaths of 8 people in two days So you know at the beginning of the book that this is going to end in a tragedy, if the title alone was not enough Despite this, I feel like the book does a great job of showing the ups and downs along the way to the summit of the tallest mountain on Earth.I thought the beginning of the book was a little slow looking for sponsorships, doing conditioning to train her body and mind for climbing the tallest mountain on Earth Even after she arrives in Nepal and continues to prepare and make her way to the first Base Camp, the book did not keep me drilled in Once the actual climbing of the mountain began I was a lotinterested, though there is not a definite point where that happens They begin at Base Camp over a month before actually attempting to make it to the summit, and during this time they are moving up and down between different camps to get their bodies to get used to the cold and low amounts of oxygen.I was not especially interested in reading about the 1996 tragedy on Everest, but I still liked this book I think the author did a good job of portraying what it is like to climb this beast, from the good days to the bad days I would give this a 7 out of 10 for enjoyment and a 4 out of 5 for readability

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