• "The Climb" is a collaborative effort by high-altitude climbing guide Anatoli Boukreev and writer G. Weston DeWalt to tell the story of the tragic attempt to climb Mt Everest in May, 1996, in which several people died. This book is a response to Jon Krakauer's "Into Thin Air," which cast a negative light on Boukreev.
• Scott Fischer headed up the commercial climbing company, Mountain Madness, which was planning an Everest climb in April-May of 1996.
• Anatoli Boukreev was one of the guides for Mountain Madness.
• Another company, Adventure Consultants, led by Robert Hall was also planning an Everest climb in April-May of 1996. Jon Krakauer was with this team.
• Boukreev was in charge of negotiating the oxygen deal, which did not go well.
• The Mountain Madness team had eight clients and three guides going on the expedition.
• Dale Kruse, a financial backer of Fischer, was a controversial...
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