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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (900 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Kodas Narrator: Holter Graham Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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High Crimes is journalist Michael Kodas’ gripping account of life on top of the world—where man is every bit as deadly as Mother Nature.

In the years following the publication of Into Thin Air, much has changed on Mount Everest. Among all the books documenting the glorious adventures in mountains around the world, none details how the recent infusion of wealthy climbers is drawing crime to the highest place on the planet. The change is caused both by a tremendous boom in traffic, and a new class of parasitic and predatory adventurer. It’s likely that Jon Krakauer would not recognize the camps that he visited on Mount Everest almost a decade ago. This book takes readers on a harrowing tour of the criminal underworld on the slopes of the world’s most majestic mountain.

High Crimes describes two major expeditions: the tragic story of Nils Antezana, a climber who died on Everest after he was abandoned by his guide; as well as the author’s own story of his participation in the Connecticut Everest Expedition, guided by George Dijmarescu and his wife and climbing partner, Lhakpa Sherpa. Dijmarescu, who at first seemed well-intentioned and charming, turned increasingly hostile to his own wife, as well as to the author and the other women on the team. By the end of the expedition, the three women could not travel unaccompanied in base camp due to the threat of violence. Those that tried to stand against the violence and theft found that the worst of the intimidation had followed them home to Connecticut.

Beatings, thefts, drugs, prostitution, coercion, threats, and abandonment on the highest slopes of Everest and other mountains have become the rule rather than the exception. Kodas describes many such experiences, and explores the larger issues these stories raise with thriller-like intensity.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Susan | 2/20/2014

    " Harrowing account of how climbers, in their quest to get to the top, oftentimes pass by others obviously in trouble. Focuses on the case of a doctor who hires a guide he doesn't know much about, and how the guide just leaves the doctor when he becomes disoriented. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Debra | 1/24/2014

    " Journalist Michael Kodas describes how the quest for the top of the world has become commercialized and, only too often, dishonest. He describes thefts (which in the circumstances can easily lead to a climber's death), falsification of qualifications at all levels from the Sherpas to the wealthy dilettantes who attempt the summit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Claudia | 1/9/2014

    " A little clunky, but fascinating take on the shocking crimes that take place on Mount Everest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bayneeta | 12/25/2013

    " I read this for a nonfiction RA study group and found it fascinating. As more and more people attempt to climb Mount Everest, the opportunities for deceit and misrepresentation escalate. I loved Into Thin Air , and this just gave me more behind the scenes glimpses into what is involved in climbing Everest. "

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About the Author
Author Michael Kodas

A Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist, Michael Kodas has made a mark as an outdoor adventure reporter and photographer. Since 1987, Kodas has worked at The Hartford Courant on a remarkable set of stories. His work has also been published in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, Newsweek magazine, and Backpacker Magazine. He lives in Hartford, CT.