Look inside our books using Google Book Search. Please note that this will take you to an external website. To search our website please use the search box at the top right of the screen.
In this book, renowned British 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.
Prices include FREE UK First Class postage. We also ship internationally, please see our see our Price Guide for full details.
Windows and Mac OS X - you'll need to install the free Adobe Digital Editions software. eBooks can be printed, but only from the first computer that you download your eBook onto (Full list of supported devices).
Apple iPad - using the Cicerone Guides iPad App, available free from the App Store.
Read more information about eBook formats.
Cicerone guidebooks are now available as ePUBs. You'll need to install a free ePUB reader that supports Adobe DRM.
Read more information about eBook formats.
You can download this book direct from the Amazon Kindle store for use on their Kindle device. Amazon also have free Apps available for iPhone, PC, Mac, iPad and Android.
Unfortunately, it isn't possible to print pages with this format.
Our ebooks are also available to buy through many eBook retailers including:
• Google Play
• Barnes and Noble
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.
We are always grateful to readers for information about any discrepancies between a guidebook and the facts on the ground. If you would like to send some information to us then please use our Feedback form. They will be published here following review by the author(s).
The Himalaya and Karakoram Mountains
Foreword by Brian Blessed
Jerzy Kukuczka & the Polish Climbers
Summit Flags & Fiona
Chapatti & Chips
The Death Zone
Mallory & Irvine
Coffee or Tea?
Photography & filming
Dealing with Death
Dressed to Survive
The Incident Pit
Shooting the Summits by Joe Cornish
1 The 8000m peaks and their first ascents
2 Alan Hinkes Expeditions
'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. Alan Hinkes, relates his experiences of climbing all 14 of the peaks over 8000m alongside stunning photography.'
'Even if you've never clipped a rope through a carabiner or stamped crampons along an icy ridge, 8000 metres is a gripping read. It's an elemental story of achievement and survival, as Hinkes climbs all 14 of the world's 8000m peaks.'
I remember one of the few times I tried a spot of rock climbing. It was on Napes Needle in the Lake District – the climb which actually inspired an entire sport. And while it was Chris Bonington who lowered me down to the ground after I’d done it, it was Alan Hinkes who was free climbing around me, nonchalantly taking photos of me and pointing out where to put my hands and feet as I ascended on what the climbing bods call a “very tight rope”.
I’ve known Alan for over 20 years, and followed many of his 8000 metre peak climbs – indeed, we even met up for a meal in Kathmandu in 1996 as he was about to set off for Everest with Brian Blessed (I’d just finished leading a trek for Doug Scott). It’s taken him a while to produce this account of his ascent of all 14 8,000 metre peaks, but it makes fascinating and very entertaining reading. You don’t have to be a climber to appreciate the humour in his writing – the famous chapatti incident on Nanga Parbat is there, where Alan’s sneeze on some chapatti flour caused him to slip a disc in his back and make UK headlines, and the 1995 Makalu attempt that came unstuck on the trek in to base camp when he slipped off the path and speared his thigh on a branch.
It brings home the point that for every success you have to accept a certain amount of disappointment. But it’s the jaw-dropping, stunning majesty of his photographs, mainly shot on film (remember that?) that really makes the book. It’s something of a departure, too, for publishers Cicerone, better known for their nuts ‘n bolts walking guides. You don’t need to be a mountaineer to appreciate the book, and if you have a coffee table, you’ll certainly want to give pride of place on it to 8000 Metres.
'I have always been adventurous' are the opening words; a not uncommon boast, but one that Alan Hinkes makes good on. His book is an account of how, over the course of 18 years, he climbed all 14 of the world's 8000 metre high mountains - an achievement that's surely on par with going to the moon.
The 14 ascents required 27 attempts, and each is described here, along with anecdotes garnered from a lifetime of travel. It can seem great fun at times, but these tales of battling mountains are full too, of stories of those who didn't make it back. ' I admire climbers who know their limits and who are able to retreat and survive' writes Hinkes, and there's no suggestion of malice in his words - a successful mountaineer is one who returns safely.
The photographs are as important as the text here, and have as much to say of breathtaking peaks and dizzying heights. Above 8000 metres, there's no emergency service; in the death zone, you're on your own. That Hinkes survived so many of them makes for an absorbing read.
Read the following on-line reviews and features:
Bhutan: Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon
All eyes are on Bhutan now that William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are to visit this little known Himalayan Kingdom in the spring. Isolated from the world until the 1950s and only… read more
Schoolboy turned superstar climber
Today we received a letter containing a review of Alan Hinkes’ 8000 Metres: Climbing the World’s Highest Mountains and it was so lovely that we had to share it with you. “Forty… read more
Award-winning Alan Hinkes
We were thrilled to hear that Alan Hinkes’ 8000m won the Outdoor Book of the Year in the TGO Awards. It was voted for by the general public so thank you if you helped it to happen. Over 10,000… read more
Trekking in Manaslu
For those who love the mountains, the Himalayas are one of those necessary pilgrimage destinations. On its slopes live ancient people of great hospitality and generosity; on their summits the… read more
8000 Metres shortlisted for the British Sports Book Awards
Cicerone are delighted to announce that 8000 Metres by Alan Hinkes has been shortlisted for the British Sports Book Awards, in the Illustrated Book of the Year category. … read more
Cicerone fundraising at Kendal Mountain Festival
The Cicerone stand at the Kendal Mountain Festival was buzzing this year, and it was great to meet so may of you. Perhaps the best news to come out of the show was that we raised a total of £384 for… read more
Boardman Tasker Mountain literature shortlist 2013
Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature announces shortlist of four books for the 2013 award. … read more
Cicerone authors revisit Tibet
There’s something strangely compelling about visiting Tibet. Call it magical or mysterious, mystical or spiritual; Tibet is a captivating and powerfully addictive place. The mountain scenery is… read more