To: Nick van der Leek
Fr: Weston DeWalt
Never fails. Around this time of year I begin to think back on the days I was traveling with Anatoli just prior to his departure for Nepal and his attempted ascent of Annapurna. He was very much present in those days, buoyed by the reception THE CLIMB was getting and the news that the American Alpine Club would be honoring him during their forthcoming annual meeting.
This afternoon, in a break from some ongoing research, I took a dive into the Internet to look again at some of the things that have been said about Anatoli. I wandered across your Blog and your description of the Krakauer-Boukreev controversy. It is the clearest exposition of the debate that I have ever seen. Thanks for remembering a consummate climber and one of the finest men whose company I have ever had the opportunity to share.
Best wishes for the Holidays and the New Year
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