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Master of thin air : life and death on the world's highest peaks

Author: Andrew Lock
Publisher: New York : Arcade Publishing, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First North American editionView all editions and formats
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"'Master of Thin Air' opens with a fall that the author very nearly could not stop down an almost vertical rock ramp leading to a three-thousand-foot drop. The qualities that saved him then on K2?in addition to his mountaineering know-how and sheer good luck?drove his sixteen-year journey to summit all of the world's eight-thousanders, the fourteen peaks that exceed 8,000 meters (26,000-plus feet) and take climbers  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
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Biography
Named Person: Andrew Lock
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Lock
ISBN: 9781628725735 1628725737
OCLC Number: 913647188
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xiii, 332 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Andrew Lock ; foreword by Peter Hillary.

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"'Master of Thin Air' opens with a fall that the author very nearly could not stop down an almost vertical rock ramp leading to a three-thousand-foot drop. The qualities that saved him then on K2?in addition to his mountaineering know-how and sheer good luck?drove his sixteen-year journey to summit all of the world's eight-thousanders, the fourteen peaks that exceed 8,000 meters (26,000-plus feet) and take climbers into the death zone. Incredibly, he accomplished that feat without the aid of bottled oxygen for every mountain but one. By preference, he climbed solo or in small teams, without Sherpas. During twenty-three expeditions, he spent a total of three years clinging to the sides of dangerous mountains. He lost more than twenty climbing friends and, in April 2014, witnessed Everest's deadliest avalanche. His book is a riveting, often thrilling account of what it takes to challenge the Earth's highest peaks and survive. It tells of death-defying ascents and even riskier descents, the gut-dropping consequences of the smallest mistakes or even just bad luck, the camaraderie and human drama of expeditions, the exhilaration of altitude. It is also the inspiring story of what motivates a person to achieve an extraordinary dream, a story of passion, resourcefulness, self-motivation, and hope?even in the most dire moments."--Amazon.com.

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"Superb ... In this book, you will discover how, time and time again, a man can draw on this inner strength."--Doug Scott, CBE, mountaineer and author "Brilliant! Honest, gritty, and Read more...

 
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