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.

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