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The Boardman Tasker Omnibus: Savage Arena; The Shining Mountain; Sacred Summits; and Everest The Cruel Way
Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker

This collection of four books (two books from each author) describes the mental and physical progression of these two climbers as they climbed ever more difficult peaks. In particular, The Shining Mountain is a great story that demonstrates the complete commitment and determination of two guys who had virtually no support on a shoestring budget who climb a 23,000 foot mountain with sheer rock walls over a route that no one has ever done before. While their story ends tragically with their death on an attempt of Mt. Everest, they shared a spirit and camaraderie that was virtually unique.

Boardman and Tasker are linked together through the formation of the Boardman-Tasker Memorial Award for Mountain Literature. I maintain a complete list of the award winners and finalists. I highly recommend this book; it is one of the books that rekindled my interest across the category of climbing books.



Related Books

bullet Boundless Horizons: The Autobiography of Chris Bonington; Chris Bonington
bullet The Kurt Diemberger Omnibus: Summits and Secrets; The Endless Knot; Spirits Of The Air; Kurt Diemberger
bullet The Mountains of My Life by Walter Bonatti
bullet High Exposure: An Enduring Passion for Everest and Unforgiving Places by David Breashars  Read Review
bullet Fragile Edge: A Personal Portrait of Loss on Everest by Maria Coffey
bullet Conquistadors of the Useless: From the Alps to Annapurna by Lionel Terray
bullet Addicted to Danger: A Memoir About Affirming Life in the Face of Death by Jim Wickwire

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