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ON TOP OF THE WORLD: CLIMBING THE WORLD'S 14 HIGHEST MOUNTAINS Richard Sale 2000 Hardcover Fine
By Sale, Richard, John Cleare
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UK, 2000, 1st Edition. 228 pp, 200+ color and 28 historical b/w photos. Large format hardcover with pictorial cover, no dust jacket was issued. Fine.

Each of the 14 8000m peaks has a chapter with a brief historical overview followed by focus on events of the last ten years. The photo selection is superb with many unique images, including the first summit photos taken on Gasherbrum II and Kangchenjunga. Tables present first ascent information on new routes.  Only six climbers had climbed all the 8000 meter peaks, plus several who almost completed them.

Illustrated with stunning images for the new routes established after the first ascent, the book also includes archival shots from the early history of the mountains. These archival shots include first ascent shots from two of the mountains which had not been made available for the earlier book.
 
These are the 14 8000 meter peaks: Mount Everest, K2, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Dhaulagiri, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Nanga Parbat, Annapurna, Gasherbrum I, Broad Peak, Shishapangma, Gasherbrum II.
 
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.
 
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, ON TOP OF THE WORLD 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 peak’s 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. 

This is a large book so we will request extra postage for Priority Mail, or orders to Canada and other countries.

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