Thomas Hornbein

Thomas Hornbein is an American physician and mountaineer best known for his role in the first successful American ascent of Mount Everest in 1963. He, along with his climbing partner Willi Unsoeld, completed the first ascent of the West Ridge and the first traverse of the mountain. Hornbein's account of the expedition, 'Everest: The West Ridge,' is considered a classic of mountaineering literature.


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  1. 1. Everest: The West Ridge

    This book is a firsthand account of a daring and historic climb of Mount Everest via the treacherous West Ridge - a route that had never been successfully ascended before. The narrative vividly describes the extreme physical and mental challenges faced by the climbers, the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas, and the camaraderie and teamwork that was essential for survival. The author's detailed and compelling recounting of the expedition offers an intimate look at the perils, triumphs, and the sheer magnitude of human endurance in one of the harshest environments on Earth.

    The 8632nd Greatest Book of All Time