Author(s): Maurice Herzog
'After being swept off his feet by an avalanche and left dangling by a rope around his neck, Herzog began to pass water, violently and uncontrollably.'
Your reaction may be only slightly less extreme as you move from one nail-biting moment to the next in this wonderful 1952 tale of triumph and frostbite. Outside this is the enthralling account, by the leader of the French expedition, of the first conquest of Annapurna - at that time, and at more than 8000 metres, the highest mountain ever climbed.
The 26 plates also provide a remarkable photographic record of the adventure.