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Night Naked - Erhard Loretan

A Climber's Autobiography


On October 5, 1995, Erhard Loretan became the third person to climb all fourteen 8000-meter peaks, and the second to climb them without supplemental oxygen. He also became one of only a handful of individuals to climb Everest via the Hornbein Couloir; he and Jean Troillet completed the roundtrip climb in only 43 hours.

An influential climber, Loretan's story has never before been told in English. He writes with humour, often deprecating his own accomplishments, and he is shockingly honest: On Cho Oyu, for instance, his climbing partner, Pierre-Alain Steiner, fell hundreds of meters. Loretan called out to what he assumed would be a corpse. Unexpectedly, Steiner called back. Loretan writes, knowing that what he is about to share is terrible, that he felt no joy on hearing his friend's voice because rescue was impossible in so remote a place.

Erhard Loretan was a Swiss alpinist born in 1959. He made his first expedition to the Andes in 1980 and began his conquest of the 8000ers in 1982 with the deadly Nanga Parbat. He died in a climbing accident in 2011.

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Cordee Code: CNN070
Author: Erhard Loretan with Jean Ammann
No of Pages: 256
Page Size: 150 x 230 mm
ISBN 10: 1680510061
ISBN 13: 9781680510065
Publisher: Mountaineers Books
Published Date: September 2016
Edition: Sept 2016
Binding: Paperback
Weight: 340g

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