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CLIMBING THE WORLD'S 14 HIGHEST MOUNTAINS: THE HISTORY OF THE 8,000-METER PEAKS Richard Sale and John Cleare. 2000 1st edition DJ
By Sale, Richard and John Cleare.
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US, 2000, 1st US edition. 228 pp, 200 color photos, route diagrams, historical photos. Tall Hardcover 11'' x 9'' with dust jacket, like new condition. 

Because of its size we will request for the book extra postage for Priority Mail or International Mail. 

As of 2021, 43 individuals have climbed all the 14 8000 meter peaks. On 29 October 2019, Nepalese climber Nirmal Purja, set a speed record by climbing all eight-thousanders in 6 months and 6 days.

This is a well illustrated history of the first and later ascents of all fourteen 8,000 meter peaks. An excellent successor to Baume's Sivalaya. The year 2000 is the 50th anniversary of the climbing of Annapurna, the first 8,000m peak. In the decade which followed that first climb all bar one of the world's 14 peaks over 8,000m were climbed: the Golden Age of high altitude climbing.

Many of the 8,000m peaks, particularly the highest ones, were first climbed with supplementary oxygen. Today all except Everest are routinely climbed without, their ascent therefore making them a hazard for the climbers. Reinhold Messner, who became the first person to climb them all, took 16 years to climb all 14 mountains.

Though modern equipment and travel mean that it is now possible to climb several peaks in one season, since Messner's completion of the list in 1986, about 10 more names have been added to it. One of the 8,000m peaks continue to be the pinnacle of a mountaineers career and in some cases the end -- Everest.
 
This book brings together the stories behind the conquest of every peak, plus the description of how they have been conquered since then. It is also a description of modern man's conquest of previously unscaled peaks, using advances in technology. As a description of heroic activity it has no equal.

A must-read for mountaineers and mountaineering history buffs, Climbing the Worlds 14 Highest Mountains brings together the stories behind the conquest of every peak and describes how each has been ascended since then. The epic drama of groundbreaking climbs comes alive through stunning, large-format photographs. The accompanying text describes each peaks physical characteristics, the origins of its name, who discovered it (and how and when), and a catalog of all the significant climbs, from the first through the present day. 


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