In August 1978, thirteen women left San Francisco for the Nepal Himalaya to make history as the first Americansand the first womento scale the treacherous slopes of Annapurna I, the worlds tenth highest peak Expedition leader Arlene Blum here tells their dramatic story the logistical problems, storms, and hazardous ice climbing the conflicts and reconciliations within the team the terror of avalanches that threatened to sweep away camps and climbers.On October 15, two women and two Sherpas at last stood on the summitbut the celebration was cut short, for two days later, the two women of the second summit team fell to their deaths Never before has such an account of mountaineering triumph and tragedy been told from a womans point of view By proving that women had the skill, strength, and courage necessary to make this difficult and dangerous climb, the 1978 Women s Himalayan Expeditions accomplishment had a positive impact around the world, changing perceptions about womens abilities in sports and other arenas And Annapurna A Womans Place has become an acknowledged classic in the annals of womens achievementsa story of challenge and commitment told with passion, humor, and unflinching honesty....
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Annapurna: A Woman's Place Reviews
Most of time I was awed by the courage and determination these women showed in their quest to be the first American women to climb to the summit of Annapurna, but sometimes I was annoyed that they were not well-versed in the culture of the people of Nepal and so were sometimes overwhelmed by the demands of the Sherpas. I appreciated getting to know the members of the team as well as the Sherpas and how they related to the author. I do believe the author assumed that only other mountain climbers would read this book, so she did not explain some of the terms she used, as well as what some of the equipment was used for. The map and pictures were really helpful in visualizing the climb and the extreme conditions they faced.
Outstanding. I am an avid reader and this story and writer's style is pure enjoyment. Arlene Blum has a gift for telling a story. The story itself is fascinating. I will keep this book to read again and will seek out other books by Ms. Blum.
Bought this book after learning of the "A Woman's Place is on Top" logo from the recent North Face t-shirt designs. I loved it. Great recount of what these brave women endured and overcame in order to have a somewhat successful expedition. Highly recommend.
amazing and in parts tragic story of shear human perseverance; lots of details on the climb, less so on the descend.
This is, without a doubt, one of the best books written about a specific mountain climbing expedition. This particular book is a lyrical and moving account of the the first women's expedition to climb Annapurna in the Himalayas. It provides great detail and insight into their two month odyssey in the mountain and chronicles the challenges that they faced in trying to reach the summit.
This was an enjoyable read about a women's expedition to climb the mountain shown on the cover. An awful lot of time was spent detailing the logistics of getting the supplies to the right places though I can now understand how the expedition relied on this facet of the operation to succeed. I have alot of respect for these women!
I read the original story in 1989, one year after the actual trip. The book eventually wore out, and I later purchased this revised edition. I have never braved those heights. In fact, I have an extreme fear of heights, and that has brought me to develop an interest in those who take up this challenge. Reading the experiences of the first women's climb of Annapurna has served to encourage me to push ahead and attempt things I otherwise would not have. That's how powerfully this book has affected me for all these years.
One of my New Year's Resolutions was to start reading non-fiction books this year (I'm a sci-fi junkie!). As someone who loves the outdoors, I thought _Annapurna: A Woman's Place_ would be a good place to start. I was not disappointed. Told in a straightforward, autobiographical manner without a lot of embellishment, this book was none-the-less fascinating. I found it very difficult to put down, and I constantly wanted to know what happened next. I was surprised that Ms. Blum stressed the climbing aspect of her team's adventure and actually downplayed the fact that they were a FEMALE climbing team, but I found this added to the appeal of her story. This is one of the few books I will unhesitatingly recommend to family & friends.