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by Yuri K. Shestopaloff

The story tells about real events. A group of six mountaineers explores the high altitude region of Tuva, the mountain area on the border of Mongolia and Russia. Unexpectedly, for this time of the year, the temperatures drop sharply and the weather brings snow storms and bitter cold. However, the group decides to stay on their route. This is a story about what makes a difference in life and achievements of people. The narrative is discreet and measured, often with humor, but the thrill and tension are beating underneath, which makes the reading emotional and dramatic.
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ISBN: 0981380050
ISBN13: 978-0981380056
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Author: Yuri K. Shestopaloff
Language: English
Publisher: AKVY PRESS; 1 edition (July 1, 2011)
Pages: 120 pages
ePUB size: 1213 kb
FB2 size: 1913 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 694
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Mr Shestopaloff is a mathematician and physicist with a yen for mountain climbing, and I have an incurable fascination for those who think this is a worthwhile endeavour. A fascination, but not a complete understanding.

Yuri Shestopaloff and several other men begin a hike into the mountains of Russia not as well-prepared as they might have been. The wrong fuel had been bought for the camp stove. Members of the team were not fully equipped for bad weather. And the inevitable pitfalls, injuries, and illnesses attendant on bad weather and poorly-thought-out clothing choices happened with an ongoing progression. They slog through the snow. They bicker over decisions. But somehow, they persevere - most of them.

Mr Shestopaloff's matter-of-fact recounting of this expedition is told with restraint and acceptance of the foibles of his hiking companions, and he manages to put a good face on what was clearly a tough couple of days and nights. The book is slim and spare, but told in straightforward narration that makes me very sure I will remain in my armchair and enjoy the ecstacy of mountain climbing vicariously, leaving it to the pros. And he does include an epilogue, so you know how it all came out.
When in the remote mountains a mountaineer gets his feet frostbitten, the other group members face à moral dilemma. They can continue the hiking trip which is à once in a lifetime opportunity and pray to God that the frostbite victim will somehow make it to safety. Or they have to turn back and carry their friend in case he is not able to walk himself.
Four out of five decide to go forward. Yet one sacrifices his chance to receive the highest alpinist's title. Despite the bitter cold, lack of food and equipment, he first walks and then carries his friend for three days saving his life.
It is a vivid story of survival that will be useful for anybody lost in the wilderness. The book turns your world upside down giving the readers the magnificent description of the places that most of us would never see: high cold mountains, avalanches and sharp slopes covered with deep virgin snow that sparkles under the sun.
The book grabs you, sweeps you along with the story, and makes you fall in love with the wild nature. It appeals to adults as well as teens, forcing all to think about what is important in life...
At first look, the story appears to be simple and unassuming. As reader immerses in it, however, it turns out to be gripping, stirring, and intense.

The action is set in the mountain wilderness of the Southern Siberia in the late Soviet times, but it could've been any mountains in any country. A group of six mountain hikers follow their rout. The described "daily routine" is one where any small mistake might cost life. They are well-prepared, yet something is lacking. The leader is not really bad, but not fully up to the task. The sense of impending disaster is slowly growing. Then disaster - or something like it - happens.

The book raises profound questions about the man's eternal face-off with nature, about true and formal leadership, about the invisible wall of individualism separating a man from his fellow human beings, about implicit betrayal and unacknowledged heroism. The author is not trying to impose upon reader his answers. Rather, he entrusts the personal position of the main hero to convey the book's deep philosophical message.