The Boys of Everest

by Tom Markiewicz on November 30, 2006

Clint Willis has a new book out, The Boys of Everest, which was a finalist for the 2006 Banff Mountain Literature Award.

The Boys of Everest: Chris Bonington and the Tragedy of Climbing’s Greatest Generation is a story of tremendous courage, staggering achievement, and heart-breaking loss. Boningtonâ??s inner circleâ??they came to be known as Boningtonâ??s Boysâ??included a dozen of mountaineeringâ??s legendary figures and gave birth to a new brand of climbing. They took increasingly grave risks on expeditions to the worldâ??s most difficult peaks. And they paid an enormous price for their achievements. Most of them died in the mountains, leaving behind the hardest question of all: Was it worth it?

The Boys of Everest, based on extensive interviews with surviving climbers and other individuals as well as five decades of journals, films, photographs, expedition accounts, and letters, provides the closest thing to an answer that weâ??ll ever have. It offers riveting descriptions of what Bonington and his comrades found in the mountainsâ??as well as an understanding of what they lost there. 

From the sample chapter (pdf) you can download on the site, The Boys of Everest looks to be a good read. More info can be found on the book’s website.

  • clint willis

    Hi guys

    There’s a review in the New York Times today and another yesterday in the Wall Street Journal. Meanwhile, check out more reviews on Thanks for spreading the word. It’s a climber’s book, by, for and about climbers–but armchair climbers seem to dig it as well.

    Sorry for the shameless promotion. The book has been a labor of love and I want it to have whatever life it may deserve. It tells an important story, one climbers should know and remember.

    Re that, thanks for being climbers. This world needs people who love the mountains and the crags.

  • arizonaray

    “The Boys of Everest” is a non-fiction thriller but I am sharing a title I have just begun to read this week. “Murder on Everest” by Charles G. Irion is my first read on the topic of climbing. I used to be an avid climber, but age has caught up on me, preventing me from any of that, so now I want to start reading as much as I can about it. I heard about this series of fiction (Summit Murders) and thought that it might be a good jump off point for me. maybe I shouldn’t use the term “jump off” when talking about mountaineering huh?
    Anyway, I will be covering my ‘reads’ in this series in a blog at hhtp:// if anyone wants to get involved in sharing some good reading. Would love to see you there.

  • strength training

    Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you penning this post and the rest of the site is extremely good.

  • coque ipod touch 4

    Aw, this was an exceptionally good post. Taking the time and actual effort to generate a very good article… but what can I say… I put things off a lot and never seem to get nearly anything done.

  • the venus factor

    Thank you a lot for sharing this with all of us you actually recognize what you’re speaking approximately! Bookmarked. Kindly additionally discuss with my site =). We will have a link exchange agreement between us!

  • Herbal Supplements

    This site really has all the info I needed about this subject and didn’t know who to ask.

  • hipnoterapist

    I would like to thank you for the efforts you have put in penning this website. I’m hoping to see the same high-grade content from you in the future as well. In fact, your creative writing abilities has encouraged me to get my very own site now ;)

  • Tai Kilgo

    I put a WordPress blog on my website a few days ago, and I was just curious about how it works. So I just want to know if all the posts are saved into a single file or if they are separate for each post. Then I also want to know where they can be found on my server. Thanks.

  • penny stock egghead

    Pretty section of content. I just stumbled upon your blog and in accession capital to assert that I get actually enjoyed account your blog posts. Anyway I¡¯ll be subscribing to your augment and even I achievement you access consistently quickly.

  • penny stock egghead

    Howdy! I just would really like to present a big thumbs up for the fantastic information you have got in this article on this publish. I’ll be coming back for your weblog for more shortly.

  • Rocco Perque

    How can i get much more men and women to go to my blogger internet site?

  • penny stock egghead

    What is the best website to start a blog that I eventually want to make revenue with?

  • Hung Angelocci

    Hi, its pleasant piece of writing regarding media print, we all be aware of media is a fantastic source of facts.

  • Auto approve list

    I truly appreciate this post. I’ve been looking everywhere for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You have made my day! Thanks again! “One never goes so far as when one doesn’t know where one is going.” by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

  • kitchen cabinets edmonton

    I like what you guys are up also. Such intelligent work and reporting! Keep up the excellent works guys I have incorporated you guys to my blogroll. I think it’ll improve the value of my site :)

  • Tim Banks

    Spot on with this write-up, I truly think this amazing site needs a lot more attention. I’ll probably be back again to read more, thanks for the advice!

  • lumina z34 specs

    Just how subsequently, spotting our team are forced to the hypothesis that women and men want in rather frigid hose, precisely how is it they implore hence well? The area speedily higher than ought to emphatically be real entered by a plank propped from the threshold, down which the intruder ought to foot it gingerly, clutching for aid to sprays of poison oak, the straight propose of the nation.

  • mazda skyactiv-g 1.5

    I just similar to Your Article regarding Khmer Humourous » Somnangblogs Finalize emphatically what I was looking for!.

  • Letty Karsh

    Thank you for another magnificent article. Where else may just anyone get that type of information in such a perfect method of writing? I’ve a presentation next week, and I am at the search for such info.

Previous post:

Next post: