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Fragile Edge: A Personal Portrait of Loss on Everest

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  57 ratings  ·  7 reviews
An intimate story of personal cost, risk, and loss in the mountaineering world.
Paperback, 190 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Mountaineers Books (first published February 27th 1990)
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In 1982, two of Britain's top mountain climbers, Joe Tasker and Pete Boardman, disappeared attempting a first ascent of Mount Everest by the north east ridge. In Fragile Edge, Maria Coffey, Tasker's girlfriend at the time, writes about how she dealt with his death. It is a story of loss complicated by the intensity of Tasker's almost single-minded devotion to his dangerous sport, and the fact that his body was not found and no one knew how he died.

Coffey admits that from the beginning, her relat
Having previously read Maria Coffey's fascinating and excellent book "Where the Mountain Casts Its Shadow: The Personal Costs of Climbing," I was already familiar with the broad strokes of the story in her memoir "Fragile Edge: A personal portrait of loss on Everest." I knew I would like this book because Coffey really has something interesting to say.

"Fragile Edge" is the story of her relationship with Joe Tasker, who disappeared high on Mt. Everest, along with his climbing partner Pete Boardma
I really enjoyed reading this book. Maria Coffey tells this story from the heart, and it reads like a novel. So many times you see the story of climbers or extreme athletes, but not from the perspective of someone left behind as their spouse or lover lives on the edge. THroughout the story as she comes to terms with her loss, she also really tries to understand what would make someone want to risk their life doing things like climbing Everest.
A book that told the story of two climbers who died climbing one of the big mountains ... from the perspective of the girlfriend left behind.

Interesting for all kinds of reasons, not the least being that it fleshes out the story of the two writer/climbers who died.
Wendy Hollister
A very sad account of Maria's relationship with climber Joe. She had a tough time dealing with her grief and the loss of Joe who died climbing Everest.
Not a bad book... This was a climbers GF and how she dealt with his passing on Everest. The entire book is pretty sad, but not a bad read all in all.
Having already read so many accounts of mountaineering from the climbers' point of view it's interesting to read about the experience of someone left behind.
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