Winter 8000: Climbing the World’s Highest Mountains in the Coldest Season

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Recounts some of the most dangerous feats in mountaineering history

While you wouldn’t expect climbing an 8000-meter peak in winter to be a popular activity, there have been 178 expeditions (as of 2019) to the Himalaya and Karakoram during the cruelest season to do just that. Polish alpinist, Voytek Kurtyka, termed the practice the "art of suffering." The stories here range from the French climber Elisabeth Revol’s solo winter attempt of Makalu, to American Cory Richards and his dramatic effort on Gasherbrum II with famed Italian alpinist Simone Moro and Kazakh hard man Denis Urubko. Award-winning author Bernadette McDonald traveled extensively to interview many of the climbers featured in this book--including Revol, the climbing partner of Tomek Mackiewicz, and Anna Mackiewicz, his widow, meeting them just a few months after Mackiewicz’s death on Nanga Parbat. McDonald’s many personal relationships with profiled climbers and her ability to tap into emotions and family histories lend Winter 8000 an intimacy too often lacking in mountaineering histories.

by Bernadette McDonald

2020 Banff Mountain Book Competition Finalist in Mountain Literature

  • Recounts some of the most dangerous feats in mountaineering history
  • Insights into the human attraction to danger and suffering
  • Award-winning author

  • 272 pages
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books
  • ISBN: 978-1-68051-292-2
  • Published: Aug 12, 2020

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Recounts some of the most dangerous feats in mountaineering history

While you wouldn’t expect climbing an 8000-meter peak in winter to be a popular activity, there have been 178 expeditions (as of 2019) to the Himalaya and Karakoram during the cruelest season to do just that. Polish alpinist, Voytek Kurtyka, termed the practice the "art of suffering." The stories here range from the French climber Elisabeth Revol’s solo winter attempt of Makalu, to American Cory Richards and his dramatic effort on Gasherbrum II with famed Italian alpinist Simone Moro and Kazakh hard man Denis Urubko. Award-winning author Bernadette McDonald traveled extensively to interview many of the climbers featured in this book--including Revol, the climbing partner of Tomek Mackiewicz, and Anna Mackiewicz, his widow, meeting them just a few months after Mackiewicz’s death on Nanga Parbat. McDonald’s many personal relationships with profiled climbers and her ability to tap into emotions and family histories lend Winter 8000 an intimacy too often lacking in mountaineering histories.

by Bernadette McDonald

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2020 Banff Mountain Book Competition Finalist in Mountain Literature

  • Recounts some of the most dangerous feats in mountaineering history
  • Insights into the human attraction to danger and suffering
  • Award-winning author
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  • 272 pages
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books
  • ISBN: 978-1-68051-292-2
  • Published: Aug 12, 2020

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