21 Facts About Anatoli Boukreev


Anatoli Boukreev became even more widely known for saving the lives of climbers during the 1996 Mount Everest disaster.


In 1997, Anatoli Boukreev was killed in an avalanche during a winter ascent of Annapurna in Nepal.


Anatoli Boukreev was born in Korkino, within the Soviet Union's Russian SFSR.


Anatoli Boukreev came from the narod, the common people, and his parents were both poor.


Anatoli Boukreev moved to Alma-Ata, the capital of the neighbouring Kazakh SSR located in the Tian Shan mountain range.


Anatoli Boukreev worked as a commercial mountain guide in the 1990s, and was working with Scott Fischer's adventure company Mountain Madness during the 1996 Mount Everest disaster.


Anatoli Boukreev managed to survive and was instrumental in saving the lives of others, including New York socialite Sandy Hill Pittman.


In May 1990, Anatoli Boukreev was invited by an American climber to guide several clients to the summit of Denali in Alaska.


In 1993, Anatoli Boukreev reached the summit of K2 via the Abruzzi Spur, where he shared the peak with team members Peter Metzger of Germany and Andrew Lock of Australia.


Anatoli Boukreev had expended too much energy placing fixed lines along a narrow, steep portion earlier that day.


Anatoli Boukreev became widely known as the lead climbing guide for the Mountain Madness expedition headed by Scott Fischer in May 1996.


Anatoli Boukreev rescued three climbers stranded in the disaster above 8000 m, and all six of the climbing clients on the Mountain Madness expedition survived the ordeal.


Subsequently, Anatoli Boukreev was contacted by various media for a response, and wrote his own account of the events on Everest in The Climb, a book co-written with Gary Weston DeWalt.


Reinhold Messner criticized Anatoli Boukreev, saying "[n]o one should guide Everest without using bottled oxygen" while David Breashears pointed out that Anatoli Boukreev, despite climbing down first, was "sitting in his tent unable to assist anyone" until the clients themselves staggered into the camp with the information vital to their rescue.


Anatoli Boukreev was one of the coaches in the Soviet sports federations back then, when I traded him gear for badly needed ice screws.


Anatoli Boukreev spoke English very poorly, and for that reason a lot of people did not appreciate his skill as a climber and did not realize how thoughtful, introspective and poetic he was.


Anatoli Boukreev decided on a solo ascent because he hoped that in the process of climbing it he might find some inner clarity to what had just transpired on Everest.


In 1997 Anatoli Boukreev was awarded the David A Sowles Memorial Award by the American Alpine Club.


Three weeks after receiving the David A Sowles Memorial Award, Boukreev began his attempt to climb the south face of Annapurna I along with Simone Moro, an accomplished Italian mountaineer.


Anatoli Boukreev had dreamt in detail of dying in an avalanche nine months before his death.


At the site of Annapurna base-camp there is a memorial chorten to Anatoli Boukreev including one of his favorite quotes:.