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Annapurna: A Woman's Place

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In this twentieth anniversary edition of Annapurna: A Woman's Place, expedition leader Arlene Blum chronicles the dramatic story of leading the American Women's Himalayan Expedition through storms, icefalls, avalanches, conflicts, and reconciliations -- all the way to the summit.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 28th 1989 by Sierra Club Books (first published 1980)
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Hippo dari Hongkong
Nov 09, 2008 Hippo dari Hongkong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Hippo dari Hongkong by: Njum
Shelves: nonfiksi
Kau tak akan pernah menaklukan sebuah gunung
Kau berdiri di puncaknya selama beberapa detik
Kemudian, tiupan angin menghilangkan jejak-jejak kakimu


Mendaki gunung dengan ketinggian 8000 meter dpl emang sulit, tapi gue ternyata baru tau kalo persiapan sebelum mendaki gunung ternyata sama sulitnya. Jauh lebih ribet dan bikin pusing malahan:D

Pada tahun 1978 sekelompok wanita tangguh yang dipimpin Arlene Blum berangkat menuju Nepal dengan tujuan mendaki puncak Annapurna I. Puncak
Mar 30, 2010 Moira rated it it was amazing
Shelves: womens, outdoors
A must read. First of all, it's a top-notch outdoor adventure - a start to finish account of the journey to safely and smoothly place the first all-woman team atop Annapurna 1, (a climb that was also the first successful American ascent).

Annapurna 1, ranked 10th highest peak in the world at 8,000 meters (26,545 ft), is famous for it's toughness (approach across an exposed avalanche face, treacherous ice rib to name a few). The Annapurna peaks are among the world's most dangerous mountains to cl
Dec 20, 2014 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Long story, short – read this book for inspiration.

I didn’t even know there had been a new release of this book. I just happened to pick up my copy from my bookshelf –of the first release in 1980 – to re-read. And I am glad I did.

For what’s it’s worth my husband and I summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in our 60’s – unimpressive when you realize we were led, were fed, and were provided all logistics to help us succeed.

Reading this book—looking back all these years—documented that such treks were actually
Jan 23, 2015 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book should be required reading for anyone who thinks great mountains can be climbed without a price. Mountains are dangerous places in general, and 8,000+ meter peaks extraordinarily so.

Arlene Blum's account of the first succesful American expedition to the top of Annapurna is full of marvelous details about the extraordinary hard work and constant danger. If you ever wondered why it takes weeks and weeks to climb these things, then this book shows you why. Massive snowstorms. Constant av
salah satu buku kesukaan gw...
bagi gw yang selalu kena mountain sickness, yang selalu kagum sama tmn2 gw yang kayaknya gak ada masalah dengan penyakit di ketinggian, ni buku bener2 ngebuka mata gw bahwa penyakit ketinggian itu lebih berdasar pada keadaan fisiologi masing2 orang, bukan karena lemahnya fisik orang tersebut..
gw rasa buku ini bagi yang gak pernah hiking sekalipun pasti menarik... apalagi buat yang suka mendalami karakter orang lain.. gmana perubahan sikap seseorang yang berada di te
May 30, 2016 Judi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biographies
This was a life changing book for me. I reveled in the strength of character and the camaraderie of these brave young woment.
Harun Harahap
Dec 28, 2009 Harun Harahap rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Didalam buku ini Arlene menyatakan bukan kemuliaan yang mereka tuju dalam pendakian Annapurna tapi kesenangan. Menurut saya tidak perlulah sungkan untuk mengatakan bahwa tujuan mereka adalah menyampaikan kepada dunia bahwa hal sulit seperti mendaki puncak Annapurna tidak hanya bisa dilakukan oleh lelaki tapi juga perEMPUan.

Namun, terpikirkan oleh saya, jika mereka suka meninggalkan barang atau membuang sampah seperti tabung oksigen dan lain-lain pada sembarang tempat, maka di balik salju Annapur
Jul 26, 2007 Ambar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: woman who loves adventures
Shelves: adventures, woman
This book show the leadership of the American Woman team in Annapurna. Arlene as a leader facing difficult situation pre, during and after expedition. Very touching account as she is a fighter for woman climbing equalities.
May 29, 2016 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Phenomenal story about an all women climb of Annapurna in the Himalaya's.
Written about the 1978 expedition, the book begins as the women gather in Katmandu to begin preparations for the climb. It is really an amazing account of all that is entailed in mounting a trip of this kind. The ten women are all very different with varying experience and aspirations. I have always loved books about adventure and this does not disappoint. Arlene Blum, leader of the group and author includes in her narrativ
Mar 22, 2016 Katieroses rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Arlene Blum has become one of my favorite people, simply by reading her books. She is honest in her accounts, fearless and a world changer. Being a woman in the mountain culture, but not simply within the culture, but being a leader in the industry, takes a lot. Not only did she make a name for herself within that industry, but also as a scientist, its fascinating reading how she related the two worlds.
This book specifically is the account of the women's expedition up Annapurna II. The triumph,
Merri Melde
Jul 22, 2014 Merri Melde rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Any extreme climbing book invites the inevitable comparison to Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer. While Blum writes in a less dramatic and emotional style, she does faithfully chronicle the facts, trials, tribulations, and successes and failures of the extraordinary all-woman expedition to climb Annapurna. She almost made parts of it sound easy by rarely mentioning the difficulty breathing at those altitudes (except for the summit push), although you get the terror most of them felt with the high av ...more
Nov 29, 2015 Sally rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a definite follower of the genre of pilgrimmages, treks and physically challenging undertakings and this book is a great addition to my library. A friend who had attended Berkeley and knew the author Arlene Blum had told me some time ago about this book about 10 women who challenged the current status quo in 1978 about women climbing and tackled climbing Annapurna in Nepal, the 10th highest peak in the world and one of the most difficult to climb. Blum does a good job of describing both the ...more
Don Libes
This book has amazing ratings here and at Amazon so I'm compelled to explain why I was not as enamored of it. But I'll start by saying that the author does make her case: 1) Women are as good (and in some ways better) than males at high-altitude climbing. 2) Women are not shown respect by male climbers. I also enjoyed reading about the interactions with the Sherpas. So those were the strengths of the narrative.

However, the I felt it difficult to learn much about the women individually and so, ev
This book really opened my eyes to the difficulties that women mountaineers had in recent history breaking into serious mountaineering.

In 1978, 13 women set out to climb Annapurna I in the Nepal Himalaya, achieving the first ascent of the world's 10th highest mountain by an American and by a woman. By proving that women had the skill, strength, and courage necessary to make this difficult and dangerous climb, the 1978 Women's Himalayan Expedition's accomplishment had a positive impact around th
Classmate Nisha recommended this to me about seven years ago while we were talking about being armchair adventurers, and I've just read it. This early edition is printed in eye-ease coffeetable format, with many pictures (poorly reproduced), which seem like a necessary part of the text although the text is already gripping. It's the story of the first big Himalayan expedition by women climbers, and also the story of the author, Arlene Blum, learning to manage a big overseas expedition when sexis ...more
Dec 18, 2008 Mazola1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Arlene Blum's Annapurna:A Woman's Place has been called one of the 100 greatest mountaineering books ever written. It is that, and more. In addition to being a riveting look at the famous expedition which put the first females (who were also the first Americans) on top of the world's tenth highest mountain, it is also a thoughtful look at the joys and difficulties of leadership. Like most Himalayan expeditions, the woman's Annapurna expedition was beset with many problems, from jealousies about ...more
Rizky Firmansyah
Luar Biasa! Mengagumkan!

Itulah kata-kata yang spontan dikeluarkan setelah membaca habis kisah Annapurna: 13 orang pendaki wanita yang teguh mendaki puncak es Annapurna, yang terkenal dengan longsoran saljunya. Setiap membaca tulisan Arlene Blum yang mengalir, saya dapat membayangkannya dengan saksama dan seperti merasakan ikut menjadi bagian dari ekspedisi itu.

Keberhasilan mereka, menurutku, karena "Puncak Annapurna" di dalam diri mereka masing-masing sudah ditaklukkan terlebih dahulu. Sehingga
after all the hardships faced by the team through permit request, selection of teammates, fund raising, excercises, logistics preparation, sherpas and porters selection, conflicts between teammates, avalances, etc., etc., Annapurna was successfully peaked....and claimed her sacrifices...

I can't even imagine the team's joy and delight when they realized they had "tamed" the fertility goddess, as well their loss and grief when they discover the fate of their mates.

dan dari semua pengalaman pendaki
Apr 27, 2012 Phil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book, includes a short history of women in mountain climbing clubs and exhibitions. A good insight into the psychology of an all-female team and the help and sometimes hinderance that Sherpa's provide.

My favorite line highlights the insignificance that we as humans are in the face of the 10th highest mountain in the world and arguably tougher to climb than Mt. Everest: "one foot placed insecurely just a fraction of an inch from safety, a shift of weight, a slip, a fall--the infinite diff
Ania Kzagadka
May 11, 2014 Ania Kzagadka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although my knowledge of climbing (theoretical as well as practical) is none - I could not stop reading. The story is breathtaking and inspiring.
Apr 28, 2013 Elvira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
The book tells the events of an all women's climb to Annapurna I in 1978 in a diary style by the expedition leader of all the joys and turmoil to found on the mountain. The book also gives a background to the trials and tribulations that women have faced and were facing at the time in high altitude climbing from their peers and society. A fascinating read in understanding all the planning, troubles, and uncertainty that these women endured to reach their goal of the summit. A good read for those ...more
Apr 05, 2013 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, bookclub
A compelling story written in a somewhat stilted style. Knowing nothing about climbing, much less what goes into a major Himalayan climb like this, I learned a lot from this book. I was shocked by the degrading sexist comments and other forms of discrimination experienced by the team members - within my lifetime! Horrible. I hope things have changed by now, at least a bit. An inspiring story, but I wonder if the triumph of the achievement was worth the pain, suffering, fear, effort, worrying, an ...more
Mar 24, 2015 Kari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting, inspiring and readable. Loved the inclusion of numerous photos and maps as well as the afterwards from 1998 written 20 yrs after the trek.
Darlene Rini
Apr 29, 2015 Darlene Rini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A detailed account of the challenges faced by an all women's summit of Annapurna. Inspiring!
Sherie Reineman
Nov 15, 2015 Sherie Reineman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
finished reading how Arlene's team summited while i was flying home from my dive vacation. Such a huge contrast! Fast forward to present, and Arlene continues to inspire all with her dedication to Green Science!
Mar 25, 2009 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this with my book group this month and really enjoyed it. I've always been drawn to books about expeditions of any kind--arctic explorations, mountain climbing, etc. It was especially interesting to read about a group of women attempting a major summit. I found the book well written and interesting. The photographs and maps were wonderful and added to the enjoyment of the book. By the end, I felt that i knew all of the women who went on this expedition and I was sad that they all didn't m ...more
Dec 30, 2013 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this book. One of my new all-time favorites. I feel so empowered now. This was such an "I am woman, HEAR ME ROAR" type book.

Not just a great powerful women book but also an excellent mountaineering account of the first ascent of Annapurna by an all-women/American team. From all the photos to the excellent and very detailed descriptions, I felt like I was there with them, living the fear, the problems, the joys and excitements. I love how Arlene included us in the climb, in her
Eliz L
Jun 04, 2016 Eliz L rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun, quick, compelling read. Interesting to compare Maurice Herzog's account of the first western (+ global, i think) attempt of Annapurna in the '50s with this attempt comprised of and led by all women (+ male Sherpas), of the same peak in 1978. This one is more descriptive, thoughtful about management and team dynamics, and has a bit less of a focus on the technical aspects of climbing for a number of reasons -- probably at least partly because Blum didn't herself attempt the summit. A great r ...more
Emily Dillon
Jun 10, 2014 Emily Dillon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing and inspiring book. Just incredible!
Feb 21, 2015 Abby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you love adventure, this is a must read.
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Arlene Blum (born March 1, 1945) is an American mountaineer, writer, and environmental health scientist. She is best known for leading an all-woman ascent of Annapurna (I), a climb that was also the first successful American ascent. She was also a deputy leader of the first all-woman ascent of Mount McKinley and the first American woman to attempt to ascend Mount Everest.
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