A Day to Die For: 1996: Everest's Worst Disaster - One Survivor's Personal Journey to Uncover the Truth

A Day to Die For Everest s Worst Disaster One Survivor s Personal Journey to Uncover the Truth The truth about the Everest disaster by one of its survivors On the night of May eight climbers perished in what remains the worst disaster in Everest s history Following the tragedy

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  • Title: A Day to Die For: 1996: Everest's Worst Disaster - One Survivor's Personal Journey to Uncover the Truth
  • Author: Graham Ratcliffe
  • ISBN: 9781845966386
  • Page: 372
  • Format: Paperback
  • The truth about the 1996 Everest disaster by one of its survivors On the night of May 10 11, 1996, eight climbers perished in what remains the worst disaster in Everest s history Following the tragedy, numerous accounts were published, with Jon Krakauer s Into Thin Air becoming an international bestseller But has the whole story been told A Day to Die For reveals for tThe truth about the 1996 Everest disaster by one of its survivors On the night of May 10 11, 1996, eight climbers perished in what remains the worst disaster in Everest s history Following the tragedy, numerous accounts were published, with Jon Krakauer s Into Thin Air becoming an international bestseller But has the whole story been told A Day to Die For reveals for the first time the full, startling facts that led to the tragedy Graham Ratcliffe, the first British climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest twice, was a first hand witness, having spent the night on Everest s South Col at 26,000 ft, sheltering from the deadly storm For years, he has shouldered a burden of guilt, feeling that he and his teammates could have saved lives that fateful night His quest for answers has led to discoveries so important to an understanding of the disaster that he now questions why these facts were not made public sooner History is dotted with high profile disasters that both horrify and capture the attention of the public, but very rarely is our view of them revised to such devastating effect.

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    1. If you leave this book learning nothing more than that there is more than one kind if courage you will have been rewarded for your read . If I hadn't recently read Looking for Mr Smith I think I would feel quite differently about Graham Ratcliffe's investigative memoir (which is the only genre label I can think of to describe what is presented here).I wish Ratcliffe had bothered to personally conduct or arrange for 3rd parties to conduct personal interviews with his 'unfriendly' witnesses instea [...]

    2. There's a serious gap in the logic of the author's argument. It boils down to something like this: reliable weather forecasts predicted a severe storm, therefore Fischer and Hall gambled with their clients' lives. Well, if the weather forecasts were indeed reliable - and they were - then Scott and Hall didn't gamble with their clients' lives but rather calculated a window of opportunity and took advantage of it. What ultimately did them in was their decision not to abide by the previously agreed [...]

    3. This is another account of the 1996 Everest disaster, but one that questions the received wisdom that the storm was a rogue storm that nobody expected and that took even the most experienced climbers by surprise. Well, it turns out that weather forecasts were actually available, only nobody has mentioned them so far. Graham Ratcliffe is certainly not as good a writer as Jon Krakauer, but he seems to be a much better researcher of facts and 14 years later he proves that the death toll could have [...]

    4. Having first read both Krakauer's and Viesturs' respective books on the 1996 tragedy, I found Ratcliffe's account to be very eye-opening. The number of accounts/books published wherein the authors have chosen to hide the full story (I say "hide" because any writer with the ability to perform the most basic of research he would have, at the very least, unearthed the fact that the Danes and the IMAX team were receiving weather forecasts, and, let's face it, hiding that information from the other t [...]

    5. I was enjoying the book until about halfway through, at which point it became a blow-by-blow of the author's quest to discover "the truth" about which teams had what weather forecasts in May 1996. He reports in excruciating detail who he corresponded with, if he received a reply, if the letter was sent by certified mail, etc. In the end, Graham does uncover some interesting information. You really can't blame certain people for not wanting to speak with him about this painful event, especially s [...]

    6. An exciting story of the disaster on Everest that has been told by many who experienced it. In this book Graham does not only tell the tale but researches what caused the team leaders to head up to the peak when the weather was not safe in spite of possibly having a recent weather report. Interesting read that puts you half way up a mountain from the very first page.Why did no one wake Graham up and could he have saved some of the people that perished if he had known of their plight?The fact tha [...]

    7. Love! But I love all things Mt. Everest related. This story, as told from the perspective of another survivor of that tragic date on Everest, is at odds with other historical narratives on the topic. Most of us recall Into Thin Air by Krakauer -especially since a movie was made of that book. This book sheds a different light on that event, the climbers, and also other books written by others who were on the mountain for that expedition.

    8. I love stories of Everest. This was another take on the 1996 Everest disaster most famously immortalized in Jon Krakauer's "Into Thin Air." "A Day to Die For" was not as well written, and did not give the same emotional account of climbing, but it did provide an interesting view on a part of the 1996 tragedy (the weather). Whether his interpretation of the information he uncovered is correct or not, I can't tell. But he does provide a new angle.

    9. On the night of 10-11 May 1996, eight climbers perished in what remains the worst disaster in Everest's history. Following the tragedy, numerous accounts were published, with Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air becoming an international bestseller. But has the whole story been told?A Day to Die For reveals for the first time the full, startling facts that led to the tragedy. Graham Ratcliffe, the first British climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest twice, was a first-hand witness, having spent th [...]

    10. Torn a bit about this, written by a British climber who was on Everest during the 1996 disaster. The first section is mostly the author's bio. During most of this I was mainly wondering why his wife hadn't divorced and/or killed him. Then comes a fairly standard recounting of what went on in 96 from his point of view. I have read several of these accounts now and they are always interesting for the details they add. The rest, at least half, is about a years and years long investigation he undert [...]

    11. the truth shall set us free!I was drawn to this book after reading at least a dozen memoirs written by other esteemed and astute Top Mountaineers. Thank you Graham for, in my estimation, the most logically researched and excellent reports of the facts of this monumental tragedy that happened over 14 years ago.I respect you for not turning this unfortunate event of the 1996 Everest Disaster into a cash cow rush to publish like Jon Krakower did with his account of the way things unfolded in his me [...]

    12. This is both a book about mountaineering and investigative writing. In part it deals with Graham Ratcliffe's alpine climbing, but it generally does so to show how it related to the events of May 1996 when a number of climbers died on Mount Everest. He doesn't go into too much detail about his climbs which is good from my perspective. Graham was high on the mountain when the tragedy arose and was left wondering what would have happened if his team new had been called upon to help with the rescue. [...]

    13. A useful example of how far astray confirmation bias can take you. The author, possibly to expiate uneccesasry feelings of guilt, hypothesizes that the 1996 Everest tragedy was the result of a sinister conspiracy and cover up about weather reports. Any evidence that contradicts that is discarded, any that supports it assumed to be true without analysis. Unfortunately, his 'investigation' taken at face value makes events even more confusing. The result is a work that only further muddies the wate [...]

    14. I very much enjoyed reading about the research that the author conducted in order to create a timeline of events pertaining to the weather conditions during the 1996 Everest disaster. People familiar with other novels and articles about this incident should appreciate Ratcliffe's determination to find what is believed to be true, rather than reading just another account of what it was like to summit Everest.

    15. Interesting investigation of disaster on Everest combined with author's discussion of his own climbing adventures. Couldn't really warm to the author though, his incredible selfishness to wife and family put me right off him -someone whose personal ambition came before everything and everyone else,

    16. Everest '96 - A fresh perspective Don't take Job Krakauer's "into thin air" as the definitive account of the '96 tragedy. There are many discrepancies in that account that warrants deeper scrutiny. With Ratcliffe you have a narrative that is factually correct and well researched. With no financial gain at stake I would take Ratcliffe over Krakauer any day!

    17. A very satisfying and fascinating read, as well as yet another angle/perspective/lens through which to understand the tragic 1996 climbing season on Everest, which cost so many climbers' lives. Some real different insights in this book from the other ones I've read--not that any one book has the whole truth, but it helped fill in a bigger picture.

    18. A good book, but if you are really focused on the tragic events of 1996, this may delve too much into the author's search for information. However, this raised very important questions and gives a good account of what did, or may have, happened.

    19. Good, informative readAt times a bit too much detail in his own reminiscing of unrelated topics, but overall very informative and thoughtfully written. Seemingly good research as well from someone who lived through this tragedy.

    20. Journey with the authour as he recounts his experience of the 1996 disaster, his response to surviving and his search to piece together what happened.

    21. I have seen many movies and documentaries based on Everest and the infamous 1996 tragedy where many climbers lost their precious lives. This book had been on my reading list for a pretty long time and hence the choice of the book. I did have with me Into Thin Air which is the first account of the tragedy but my instincts told me to pick this book. It turned out to be the best decision.The book is divided in 4 parts viz, 1. Authors Everest summit from South side, 2. The 1996 Everest summit attemp [...]

    22. Questions, questions…The May 1996 Everest disaster claimed the lives of eight climbers from three different expeditions. Two of the victims were the leaders of their particular expedition. Many of the survivors have since written about their experience.There was controversy over the deaths, some claiming that it was totally avoidable. Some also questioned an Everest climbing decision that has been like an unwritten law: Those above the Death Zone on Everest who cannot move are left to die. Peo [...]

    23. I've read a lot of books about the tragedy on Mt. Everest during May of 1996. This is the most recent and perhaps the oddest. Graham Ratcliffe was on the mountain that day, but he was oblivious to the drama that was unfolding (though no fault of his own). This apparently left him with a lot of unresolved survivor's guilt. The first half of the book was a really interesting chronicle of Ratcliffe's Himalayan climbs, including the 1996 aborted climb. The climbing part of the book is over with his [...]

    24. I really enjoyed the memoir part of the book, however once after 60% mark the author started to present what he passes for "research", the quality plumetted. Confirmation bias & tunnel vision & questionable sources. The whole in-between-the-lines accusation, that Rob Hall set up Graham's group to venture into the storm (and die) is just bizzare. The actual weather forecasts and how the author got them would make for interesting two three chapters of the book at most, NOT 40%!

    25. A Day to Die ForWell written and very informative. As an avid reader of books about Everest and K2, I found the book very interesting. Although the book was a bit tedious in a few spots, the author’s investigation and persistence were certainly worth the read.

    26. Finally! The Whole Story!This is the second book I’ve read that came to the same conclusion, that blind ambition was responsible for these deaths on Everest! This book leave no stone unturned! Very well written and carefully researched. Truly an American tragedy!

    27. Interesting account, but flawed. Appreciated the story of Herzog's participation in trying to save climbers.

    28. I read this book because my Dad recommended it to me and together we have watched a movie on the disaster that takes place in the movie and I wanted to learn more. I backpacked for two weeks this summer and it was one of the best experiences I've ever had. It's like playing basketball and then watching Lebron James play on tv it's cool your doing the same activity they are just doing it at a amazing extreme. The whole story is about this one man and the rest of the people in his group who climb [...]

    29. I liked this, as I tend to like any mountain climbing story. But the idea of the Moutain Madness expedition and the Adventure Consultants expedition joining forces and then ignoring this all important weather report as the main reason this tragedy occurred just does not seem reasonable Especially from the author, himself a mountain climber, who knows that many variables play into success as well as failure of this kind of risky venture. Of course people had some access to weather reports. It see [...]

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