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 #: BK833B-861
ULTIMATE HIGH: MY EVEREST ODYSSEY Goran Kropp 1999 Hardcover DJ Fine Multiple Copies Available
By Kropp, Goran
Price: $9.95

List Price: $74.95
You Save $65.00 (87%)



Add to wish list


Detailed Product Description
New York, Discovery Books, 1999, reprint. 227 pp, 25 color photos. Hardcover with dust jacket. Fine.

One of the most remarkable events on Everest in May 1996 was the solo ascent by Goran Kropp, a Swede who rode his bicycle 8,000 miles from Sweden. 
 
This is a particularly rare book in the UK because there is on page 96 and 97 a section that was deemed libelous and as part of the settlement the UK publishers were required to call in and destroy all the books still in circulation that they could. This was caused by confusing two climbers and attributing the behavior of one to an absolutely blameless character. It is believed Kropp got the names mixed up.
 
Why just climb Everest when you can climb it without supplemental oxygen? Why just climb it without oxygen when you can climb it alone? And why fly to Nepal to climb Everest when you can bicycle all the way there?
 
Apparently questions such as these occurred to Göran Kropp, a Swede with a taste for adventure and a desire for the Ultimate High.

In October 1995 Kropp set out from Sweden with a bicycle, trailer and more than 200 pounds of equipment. Over the next four months he cycled some 7,000 miles across Eastern Europe, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, India and Nepal. By the time he arrived in Kathmandu, Kropp had been shot at, pelted with rocks and offered the madam's daughter - free of charge - in a Hungarian brothel.

After carrying his own equipment up to Everest Base Camp, Kropp found himself surrounded by other climbers, all waiting for a break in the weather so they could attempt the summit. Many books have been written about that disastrous season on Everest, notably Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air and Anatoli Boukreev's The Climb.

Kropp adds little of substance to the story, engaging mainly in camp gossip about who was sleeping with whom and 'outing' climbers who lied about reaching summits. Even Kropp's account of his own climb is somewhat suspenseless -- though some readers will be relieved that he doesn't go into too much detail about his physical breakdown. More tiresome is Kropp's clear disdain for climbers who use supplemental oxygen ('Mount Everest is not 29,028 feet tall if the mountain is scaled by a climber wearing an oxygen mask').

Climbers who see Everest and other high peaks reduced to trophies kept in a china cabinet' are also despised--though his 'Ultimate Mountain List' (he's already climbed 16 of the 22) seems a bit like a trophy room itself.

After he finally reached the summit -- on his third attempt in less than a month -- Kropp spent a few weeks recuperating in Kathmandu and then hopped on his bike for the long and rugged ride home.

Kropp died in 2002 in a rock climbing accident in the USA.

Other Items You Might Like

  • Similar Items Available
  • Items From This Author
  • Items From This Category
ULTIMATE HIGH: MY EVEREST ODYSSEY 1999 1st US edition Hardcover DJ New SIGNED BY Goran Kropp
By: Kropp, Goran
Price $174.00 ~ Regular $450.00, You Save $276.00 (61%)
- Item # OP7833AB-884
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ULTIMATE HIGH: MY EVEREST ODYSSEY Goran Kropp 1999 1st US ed Hardcover DJ Fine Multiple Copies Available
By: Kropp, Goran
Price $19.95 ~ Regular $74.95, You Save $55.00 (73%)
- Item # BK833-8614
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ALPINE JOURNAL 100s OF INDIVIDUAL ISSUES LISTED HERE! PAPERBACK, WRAPPERS or HARDCOVER ISSUES 1863-1986
By: Alpine Club UK
Price $10.00
- Item # JR207B
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
EVEREST: MOUNTAIN WITHOUT MERCY 1997 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine SIGNED by 6: Coburn, Krakauer, Viesturs, Athans, Kropp, Jamling Multiple Copies Available
By: Coburn, Broughton
Price $150.00 ~ Regular $350.00, You Save $200.00 (57%)
- Item # BK283B-8595p
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
SUMMIT MAGAZINE BACK ISSUES 1960s: 1960-1969 See This List of Available Issues
By: Summit Magazine
Price $10.00 ~ Regular $20.00, You Save $10.00 (50%)
- Item # JR154J-868
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
CLIMBING HIGH: A WOMAN'S ACCOUNT OF SURVIVING THE 1996 EVEREST TRAGEDY 1997 1st ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine [not signed]
By: Gammelgaard, Lene
Price $45.00
- Item # BK505A-856
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
MAZAMA BULLETIN Individual Back Issues 1905 - 1975 New issues recently added
By: Mazama Bulletin
Price $5.00
- Item # JR225-127
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
SUMMIT MAGAZINE BACK ISSUES 1990s: 1990-1995 See This List of Available Issues
By: Summit Magazine
Price $10.00 ~ Regular $20.00, You Save $10.00 (50%)
- Item # JR154A-868
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE CLIMBING ART MAGAZINE Individual Back Issues Numbers 1 to 31
By: Climbing Art Magazine, Pat Ament
Price $10.00
- Item # JR156-869
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
EVEREST: MOUNTAIN WITHOUT MERCY 1997 1st ed Hardcover Fine SIGNED by 5: Coburn, Viesturs, Athans, Kropp and Jamling
By: Coburn, Broughton
Price $185.00 ~ Regular $350.00, You Save $165.00 (47%)
- Item # BK283A-862p
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ULTIMATE HIGH: MY EVEREST ODYSSEY Goran Kropp 1999 1st US ed Hardcover DJ Fine Multiple Copies Available
By: Kropp, Goran
Price $19.95 ~ Regular $74.95, You Save $55.00 (73%)
- Item # BK833-8614
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ULTIMATE HIGH: MY EVEREST ODYSSEY 1999 1st US edition Hardcover DJ New SIGNED BY Goran Kropp
By: Kropp, Goran
Price $174.00 ~ Regular $450.00, You Save $276.00 (61%)
- Item # OP7833AB-884
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
NEVER CRY WOLF [YUKON, CANADA] Farley Mowat 1969 Paperback
By: Mowat, Farley
Price $4.99
- Item # OP3425-864
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THEY CLIMBED THE ALPS Edwin Muller 1930 1st ed Hardcover Near Fine
By: Muller, Edwin
Price $1.99
- Item # OP1705-927
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ENDLESS KNOT: K2: MOUNTAIN OF DREAMS AND DESTINY 1991 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine SIGNED or INSCRIBED by Kurt Diemberger Multiple Copies Available
By: Diemberger, Kurt
Price $49.95 ~ Regular $75.00, You Save $25.05 (33%)
- Item # BK2234-8574
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
BEYOND POSSIBLE: ONE MAN, FOURTEEN PEAKS AND THE MOUNTAINEERING ACHIEVEMENT OF A LIFETIME [14 8000m Peaks + K2 Winter] Nirmal Purja 2022 1st US edition New Hardcover 2 copies available
By: Purja, Nirmal "Nims"
Price $19.95 ~ Regular $29.95, You Save $10.00 (33%)
- Item # BK4284C-8612
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
TOUGHING IT OUT: THE ADVENTURES OF A POLAR EXPLORER & MOUNTAINEER 1997 1st UK ed Hardcover DJ Fine SIGNED by David Hempleman-Adams
By: Hempleman-Adams, David.
Price $45.00
- Item # PL101-858
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
OSCAR WILDE A BIOGRAPHY H. Montgomery Hyde 2001 Trade Paperback
By: Hyde, H. Montgomery
Price $5.95
- Item # OP3433-864
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
CHOMOLUNGMA SINGS THE BLUES: TRAVELS ROUND EVEREST Ed Douglas 1997 1st UK ed Hardcover DJ Fine
By: Douglas, Ed
Price $19.99 ~ Regular $125.00, You Save $105.01 (84%)
- Item # BK393B-934
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ABENTEUER EVEREST DURCH SHERPALAND ZUR CHOMOLUNGMA [ADVENTURE EVEREST: THROUGH SHERPALAND TO CHOMOLUNGMA] Toni Hiebeler 1974 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine
By: Hiebeler, Tony
Price $39.00 ~ Regular $49.95, You Save $10.95 (22%)
- Item # OP5393-948
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ESCAPE ROUTES: FURTHER ADVENTURE WRITINGS 1997 Advanced Reading Sample SIGNED by David Roberts and Jon Krakauer
By: Roberts, David with Foreword by Jon Krakauer
Price $95.00 ~ Regular $150.00, You Save $55.00 (37%)
- Item # BK1273A-947
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
WE CONQUERED HIDDEN PEAK [GASHERBRUM I] SATURDAY EVENING POST JANUARY 31, 1959 Nick Clinch
By: Clinch, Nick: Saturday Evening Post
Price $39.95
- Item # JR295E-944
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart