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  • Published: 1 April 2011
  • ISBN: 9781907195990
  • Imprint: Mainstream Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

A Day to Die For

1996: Everest's Worst Disaster - One Survivor's Personal Journey to Uncover the Truth




The truth about the 1996 Everest disaster by one of its survivors

On the night of 10–11 May 1996, eight climbers perished in what remains the worst disaster in Everest’s history. Following the tragedy, numerous accounts were published, with Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air becoming an international bestseller and IMAX film Everest becoming the highest-grossing non-fiction film up to that time. But has the whole story been told?

A Day to Die For reveals for the first time the full, startling facts that led to the tragedy. Graham Ratcliffe, the first British climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest twice, was a first-hand witness, having spent the night on Everest’s South Col at 26,000 feet, sheltering from the deadly storm. For over ten years, he has shouldered a burden of guilt, feeling that he and his teammates could have saved lives that fateful night. His quest for answers has led to discoveries so important to an understanding of the disaster that he now questions why these facts were not made public sooner.

History is dotted with high-profile disasters that both horrify and capture the attention of the public, but very rarely is our view of them revised to such devastating effect.

  • Pub date: 1 April 2011
  • ISBN: 9781907195990
  • Imprint: Mainstream Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

About the Author

Graham Ratcliffe

Married with two daughters, Graham Ratcliffe now divides his time between his homes in North Shields and the south-east of France. In 1998, he was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.


Praise for A Day to Die For

“[An] incredible story of high-adventure and of a very moving personal journey”

Outdoor Enthusiast

“Graham Ratcliffe has experienced triumph but also tragedy . . . and for the very first time tells of his remarkable journey”

Daily Express

“A welcome addition to the history of mountaineering . . . an absorbing read”

Boardman Tasker Prize

“I was completely engrossed . . . this is pretty serious stuff . . . the writing is forthright and precise and the book gallops along at a riveting pace . . it's a must read”

The Climber, New Zealand Alpine Club

“Reads like a detective thriller . . . a book that pulls no punches and tells it how it was”

SA Mountain Sport

“Discovers important omissions, bordering on deception, in a number of authoritative accounts such as Krakauer's Into Thin Air and Breashears' High Exposure . . . provides greater understanding of the key factors behind the decisions made that led to the tragic deaths”

Wild Magazine

“A blow-by-blow account that puts the reader at the heart of the drama (****)”

News of the World

“Throws a whole new light on the disaster”

Weekly News


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