Chessler Books
Rock Climbing - Mountaineering - Exploration
New - Used - Collectible - Signed
Chessler Books Accepts PAYPAL Chessler Books Accepts VISA Chessler Books Accepts MASTERCARD Chessler Books Accepts DISCOVER CARD Chessler Books Accepts AMERICAN EXPRESS
All Orders Shipped via United States Postal Service   Chessler Books Ships Via USPS
Author:
Title:
Keyword:
Item #:
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M Mc N O P Q
R S T U V W X Y Z
Item #: OP152A-128
ANNAPURNA A WOMAN'S PLACE 1980 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine SIGNED by Arlene Blum
By Blum, Arlene
Price: $39.99

List Price: $65.00
You Save $25.01 (38%)



Add to wish list


Detailed Product Description

San Francisco, Sierra Club, 1980, 1st edition. 256 pp, b/w and color illustrations. Hardcover with dust jacket. Jacket has small chip at top of spine, else Fine. 

SIGNED on the half title page by Arlene Blum. 

Story of the first all woman ascent of an 8000 meter peak, and the first American ascent of Annapurna with an introduction by Maurice Herzog. In 1978, 13 women set out to climb Annapurna I in the Nepal Himalaya, achieving the first ascent of the world's 10th highest mountain by an American and by a woman. By proving that women had the skill, strength, and courage necessary to make this difficult and dangerous climb, the 1978 Women's Himalayan Expedition's accomplishment had a positive impact around the world, changing perceptions about women's abilities in sports and other arenas. Twenty years later, Arlene Blum has republished her account, offering her story to a new generation. Blum writes in the introduction,

Annapurna has become for me a metaphor for difficult and important goals. Striving to achieve such objectives draws on all of our abilities and brings out the best in us. There are still many 'Annapurnas' to be climbed in the world--such as protecting our natural environment; decreasing the gap between rich and poor; providing basic necessities for everyone on this planet; and raising our children to live with love and good values.

Impressive photos record the women's journey from Katmandu to the summit and back again. This book documents the personal triumphs and tragedies of these women with insights that only a firsthand account can offer. --Kathryn True

From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Erica Bauermeister

Arlene Blum led the first American and first women's expedition to climb Annapurna I in the Himalayas. Annapurna is her story of the climb: from fund-raising (remember the t-shirts that said 'A Woman's Place is on Top'?); to organizing thirteen women, more than 150 boxes of gear, thousands of pounds of food and numerous Nepalese guides and porters; to the summit ascent itself and the death of two climbers. Perhaps because it is told from the perspective of the leader of a team, this is as much a book about management and decisions as it is about a mountain. There are poetic passages about the beauty of the ice, the fantasy of cloud walking, the terrors of avalanches and crevasses - but more time is spent on the delicate balance that must be kept between native male guides and foreign women climbers, as well as among the women themselves.

This is a book about working together under extraordinary conditions where the temperature in your tent can drop to ten degrees below zero and a tiny hole in a glove can mean the possible loss of a finger. It is about making decisions while an avalanche rushes by you with a wind that knocks you over. It is about risking death knowing that you have a daughter, a partner at home; for a few it means working for years and years, and then choosing at the last minute not to go to the top. At times confusing (keeping track of all the base camps, sherpas, and climbers is a job in itself), at times preachy, this is, in the end, the compelling story of thirteen very different women - ranging in age from 19 to 50 - each determined to get women to the top of a mountain whose name means 'the goddess rich in sustenance.'

This is the account of the first USA ascent of Annapurna in the Nepal Himalaya in 1978. It was also the first women's ascent of Annapurna with Irene Miller and Vera Komarkova reaching the summit. Overall this climb was the fifth time that the summit of Annapurna had been reached by a team. Sadly, Alison Chadwick-Onyszkiewicz & Vera Watson, the second team to attempt the summit climb for this expedition, perished in a fall below Camp V (ca 24200 feet). Blum had hoped to have the entire team be comprised of women, but she had to accept recruitment of male sherpas when she couldn't find enough female sherpas for the project. All of the lead climbing and decision making was conducted by the women. Annapurna I (26540 feet) was first climbed in 1950 by the French rope of Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal. Based on statistics, Annapurna can be considered as the deadliest 8000 meter peak. It has a ratio (total deaths)/(total ascents) of about 50%. K2 and Nanga Parbat come next with ratios around 30%, followed closely by Manaslu.


Other Items You Might Like

  • Similar Items Available
  • Items From This Author
  • Items From This Category
BREAKING TRAIL: A CLIMBING LIFE Arlene Blum 2005 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine [Not Signed]
By: Blum, Arlene
Price $12.99 ~ Regular $27.50, You Save $14.51 (53%)
- Item # BK2022A-246
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE 1979 March American Women Climb Annapurna by Arlene Blum
By: National Geographic Magazine 1979 March
Price $9.99 ~ Regular $20.00, You Save $10.01 (50%)
- Item # NG7903-127
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ANNAPURNA A WOMAN'S PLACE Arlene Blum 1980 Softcover Very Good
By: Blum, Arlene
Price $10.00 ~ Regular $19.95, You Save $9.95 (50%)
- Item # OP151A-151
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ANNAPURNA A WOMAN'S PLACE Blum 1980 1st ed Hardcover DJ Very Good-Near Fine [Not Signed]
By: Blum, Arlene
Price $9.99 ~ Regular $35.00, You Save $25.01 (71%)
- Item # OP152A-179
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
CANADIAN ALPINE JOURNAL 1980 2 copies available
By: Alpine Club of Canada
Price $9.99 ~ Regular $35.00, You Save $25.01 (71%)
- Item # CAJ1980-1972
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
TRAVERSE OF THE GODS [Novel] Bob Langley 1980 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine
By: Langley, Bob
Price $18.99 ~ Regular $60.00, You Save $41.01 (68%)
- Item # OP7217-164
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
HOW TO CLIMB MONT BLANC IN A SKIRT: A HANDBOOK FOR THE LADY ADVENTURER Mick Conefrey 2011 1st ed Hardcover No DJ Like New Multiple copies available
By: Conefrey, Mick
Price $35.00
- Item # BK4452-1882
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ST. HELENS THE CHANGING MOUNTAIN Larry Ikenberry 1980 Softcover Near Fine
By: Ikenberry, Larry
Price $10.00 ~ Regular $15.00, You Save $5.00 (33%)
- Item # OP2187L-107
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
SELECTED CLIMBS IN ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK Richard DuMais 1980 1st ed Softcover Fine SIGNED by Richard Dumais
By: DuMais, Richard
Price $14.99
- Item # GB48B-895
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
MOUNTAIN WORLD MAGAZINE UK Set of 18 issues of the first 2 years: 1980 & 1981
By: Mountain Review Magazine UK
Price $50.00 ~ Regular $100.00, You Save $50.00 (50%)
- Item # JR256-127
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
BREAKING TRAIL: A CLIMBING LIFE Arlene Blum 2005 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine [Not Signed]
By: Blum, Arlene
Price $12.99 ~ Regular $27.50, You Save $14.51 (53%)
- Item # BK2022A-246
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ANNAPURNA A WOMAN'S PLACE Blum 1980 1st ed Hardcover DJ Very Good-Near Fine [Not Signed]
By: Blum, Arlene
Price $9.99 ~ Regular $35.00, You Save $25.01 (71%)
- Item # OP152A-179
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ANNAPURNA A WOMAN'S PLACE Arlene Blum 1980 Softcover Very Good
By: Blum, Arlene
Price $10.00 ~ Regular $19.95, You Save $9.95 (50%)
- Item # OP151A-151
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
EVEREST THE TESTING PLACE John West 1985 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine Multiple Copies Available
By: West, John
Price $5.99 ~ Regular $35.00, You Save $29.01 (83%)
- Item # OP392-1515
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
AMERICANS ON EVEREST: THE OFFICIAL ACCOUNT James Ramsey Ullman 1964 True 1st ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine
By: Ullman, James Ramsey
Price $39.99 ~ Regular $99.95, You Save $59.96 (60%)
- Item # OP389B-969
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
MOUNT EVEREST: FORMATION, POPULATION AND EXPLORATION OF THE MOUNT EVEREST REGION Toni Hagen 1963 1st UK ed DJ Fine
By: Hagen, Toni, G.O. Dyhrenfurth, C. Furer-Haimendorf and E. Schneider.
Price $125.00 ~ Regular $175.00, You Save $50.00 (29%)
- Item # OP980A-144
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
BERGE DER WELT 1962/1963 [MOUNTAIN WORLD 1962/1963] Hardcover DJ Fine
By: Swiss Foundation for Alpine Research
Price $9.99 ~ Regular $75.00, You Save $65.01 (87%)
- Item # MW1962A-1272
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE EVEREST FILES: A MISSING TEENAGE CLIMBER, A TRAIL OF DEADLY CLUES, MYSTERY ON THE WORLD'S HIGHEST PEAK Matt Dickinson 2014 1st ed New Paperback [Not Signed] Multiple Copies Available
By: Dickinson, Matt
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $24.95, You Save $19.96 (80%)
- Item # BK8928A-2963
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
CONQUISTADORS OF THE USELESS: FROM THE ALPS TO ANNAPURNA Lionel Terray 1963 1st UK ed Hardcover DJ Fine
By: Terray, Lionel
Price $250.00 ~ Regular $350.00, You Save $100.00 (29%)
- Item # OP893H-147
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
K2 LIES AND TREACHERY Robert Marshall 2009 1st UK edition Hardcover DJ New
By: Marshall, Robert
Price $29.95 ~ Regular $44.95, You Save $15.00 (33%)
- Item # OP2413AB-104
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ACHTTAUSEND: DRUBER UND DRUNTER [NANGA PARBAT PILGRIMAGE] 1954 1st Austrian edition Hardcover DJ Fine SIGNED by Kurt Diemberger
By: Buhl, Hermann
Price $75.00
- Item # OP646DAB-104
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
EVEREST: SUMMIT OF ACHIEVEMENT. Stephen Venables 2003 1st US ed Large Hardcover DJ New Multiple Copies Available (Not Signed)
By: Venables, Stephen
Price $19.99 ~ Regular $50.00, You Save $30.01 (60%)
- Item # BK1894C-9595p
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
1970 ASCENT: SIERRA CLUB MOUNTAINEERING JOURNAL Very Good [Not Signed] 2 copies available
By: Sierra Club, Steve Roper and Allen Steck
Price $25.00 ~ Regular $75.00, You Save $50.00 (67%)
- Item # JR163B-1052
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
偽物ブランド ブランドルイヴィトンコピー