Reviews

  • "'A classic of its kind... His vivid, high powered but never overdramatised account of the ascent still reads splendidly'"

    The Irish Times
  • "After being swept off his feet by an avalanche and left dangling by a rope around his neck, Herzog 'began to pass water, violently and uncontrollably'. Your reaction may be only slightly less extreme as you move from one nail-biting moment to the next in this wonderful 1952 tale of triumph and frostbite."

    Outside
  • "Quite simply the greatest mountaineering book ever written."

    Joe Simpson, from the Introduction
  • "The climb took place before the Himalayas were a tourist attraction and before Gore-Tex cold-weather gear was available in Marks & Spencer. They had no oxygen, little food and on the descent Herzog lost his gloves, got trapped in a storm, was buried in an avalanche and became frostbitten. His descriptions don't stint on the details of maggot-ridden flesh and amputations without anaesthesia"

    Richard Eyre
  • "Those who have never seen the Himalayas...will know that they have been a companion of greatness"

    New York Times Book Review