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8000 metres

Climbing the World's highest mountains

by Alan Hinkes
Book published by Cicerone Press

In this book, renowned mountaineer Alan Hinkes relates his experiences of climbing all 14 of the peaks over 8000m: the world's highest mountains. Alongside stunning photography, he describes his expeditions - many as Alpine-style ascents - capturing the beauty, harshness and danger of these mountains.

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To climb one 8000 metre peak is extraordinary. To conquer all 14 is an almost incomprehensible challenge. Only 14 men had ever completed the 8000ers, until 2005, when Alan Hinkes became the first Briton to climb his way into that rarefied club.

This book is the first autobiographical work by Hinkes, and chronicles his expeditions to the Himalaya in Nepal, Pakistan and Tibet, and his climbs; from the first British ascent of Manaslu, to multiple 'Alpine style' ascents and the final test of snow-bound Kangchenjunga. High-altitude climbing is a dangerous business, but Hinkes balances nail-biting moments of avalanches, extreme cold and dealing with the 'Death Zone' with memories of great climbing companions, base-camp communities and the pleasure of a good cup of tea once the climb is done.

As well as being an exceptional mountaineer, Alan Hinkes is also a professional photographer. Taking great pictures at high-altitude is notoriously difficult, given the environmental dangers to both camera and cameraman. But Hinkes has collected together his most outstanding shots which capture the true nature of the world's highest mountains.

'No mountain is worth a life, coming back is a success and the summit is only a bonus.' This philosophy carried Hinkes over one of the harshest landscapes on Earth, and follows him into his book. Above all, Hinkes writes of his love of the mountains; his story is not one of cheating death, but of living life to its fullest, and highest extent. 

  • Foreword by Brian Blessed, who joined Hinkes on an expedition to Everest. Afterword by Joe Cornish, on the beauty and perils of mountain photography.
  • Vivid, uncompromising accounts of Himalayan mountaineering.
  • Vignettes of life in the mountains, great climbers and historic ascents of the 8000ers.
  • Hardback 'coffee-table' style book, with jaw-dropping pictures accompanying the text.
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The Himalaya and Karakoram Mountains

Foreword by Brian Blessed



1 Shisha Pangma

Jerzy Kukuczka & the Polish Climbers

2 Manaslu

Reinhold Messner

3 Cho Oyu

Summit Flags & Fiona

4 Broad Peak

Chapatti & Chips

5 K2

The Death Zone

6 Everest

Mallory & Irvine

7 Gasherbrum I

The Trek-in

8 Gasherbrum II

Coffee or Tea?

9 Lhotse

Photography & filming

10 Nanga Parbat

Kurt Diemberger

11 Makalu

Dealing with Death

12 Annapurna

Dressed to Survive

13 Dhaulagiri

The Incident Pit

14 Kangchenjunga

Roseberry Topping


Shooting the Summits by Joe Cornish


1 The 8000m peaks and their first ascents

2 Alan Hinkes Expeditions

3 Glossary


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