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Together on Top of the World

by Phil and Susan Ershler
1410018.jpg This moving and inspirational account presents husband and wife, Phil and Susan Ershler, the first couple in history to reach the Seven Summits: the highest mountains on all seven continents. Phil is a professional mountain guide and climber who suffered in silence from Crohn's disease and cancer. His wife Susan is a corporate executive of a Fortune 500 company who never hiked or climbed until she met her husband at the age of 36. This is their true story; of love for each other and climbing filled with adventure and success that strengthened their marriage against formidable odds.

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster

by Jon Krakauer
1144699.jpg In the spring climbing season of 1996, Outside magazine sent veteran journalist and climber, Jon Krakauer, to investigate the burgeoning industry of commercially guided, high-altitude climbing. Inexperienced but wealthy clients had paid exorbitant fees for the thrill of conquering the highest peak in the world. Ascending Mount Everest, which touches the heavens at 29,035 feet, was becoming routine. But on that tragic day, as the team made their summit attempts, a ferocious storm overtook the climbers that claimed 10 lives including expedition leaders Rob Hall and Scott Fischer. Krakauers own anguish over what happened on the mountain is palpable and readers will be haunted by his harrowing description of survival in the Death Zone.

No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the Worlds 14 Highest Peaks

by Ed Viesturs
1394820.jpg Mt. Everest (Nepal), K2 (Pakistan), Kanchenjunga (Nepal), Lhotse (Nepal), Makalu (Nepal), Cho Oyu (Nepal), Dhaulagiri (Nepal), Manaslu (Nepal), Nanga Parbat (Pakistan), Annapurna (Nepal), Gasherbrum I (Pakistan), Broad Peak (Pakistan), Gasherbrum II (Pakistan), Shishapangma (Tibet). What do these 14 names have in common? These mountains comprise an elite group that represent, "The Eight-Thousanders," or peaks that soar 8,000 meters or 26,247 feet above sea level. Only 12 climbers in the world have reached all 14 of the highest summits on earth. Just 5 have accomplished this goal without bottled oxygen. The only American on that short-list is Ed Viesturs. He started his quest in 1989 and completed it in 2005 on Annapurna, which proved to be his toughest challenge. This is a compelling story of dedication, danger and daring by a living legend of extreme mountaineering.

Touching the Void

by Joe Simpson
1177755.jpg This is a gripping narrative of the authors near-death experience climbing the mountains in the Peruvian Andes. Joe Simpson and his climbing partner, Simon Yates, had just reached the top of a 21,000-foot peak in the Andes when disaster struck. Simpson plunged off the vertical face of an ice ledge, breaking his leg. As darkness fell and a blizzard raged, Yates was forced to cut the rope to escape being pulled to his own death. The next three days were an impossibly grueling ordeal for both men. Yates, certain that Simpson was dead, returned to base camp consumed with grief and guilt over abandoning him. Miraculously, Simpson had survived the fall, but had fallen into a deep crevasse. How both men overcame the torments of those harrowing days is an epic tale of suffering and survival.

Voices From the Mountains

by Stephen Venables
1403127.jpg Stephen Venables, a British mountaineer and writer, was the first Briton to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1988 without bottled oxygen. In this lavishly illustrated volume, the author elaborates on his own survival experience at the top of the worlds highest peak. As storm clouds grew and darkness fell, Venables was the only member of his team to summit that day. However, to avoid the risk of descending in the dark, he spent the night out in the open at 28,000 feet. His thrilling tale is one of 40 in this collection of personal essays by brave climbers who risked their lives to pursue a lifelong dream. Stunning photography as well as interesting facts about each mountain is profiled on every page. This book will take its readers around the globe on a breath-taking and awe-inspiring adventure.