By Maurice Herzog
Mountaineer Maurice Herzog provides a gripping firsthand account of 1 of the main bold mountain climbing expeditions in history
Annapurna I is the identify given to the 8,100-meter mountain that ranks one of the such a lot forbidding within the Himalayan chain. risky not only for its severe top yet for a protracted and treacherous process, its summit proved unreachable till 1950, while a gaggle of French mountaineers made a mad sprint for its height. They turned the 1st males to complete the feat, doing so with out oxygen tanks or any of the trendy apparatus that modern climbers use.
The experience approximately expense them their lives. Maurice Herzog dictated this firsthand account of the extraordinary trek from a sanatorium mattress as he recovered from accidents sustained throughout the climb. An quick bestseller, it is still the most well-known hiking books of all time, and a permanent testomony to the facility of the human spirit.
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4/ km2 (Johnsson et al. 1993). The weather station of the Finnish Meteorological Institute at Kauhava airport is situated in the middle of the study area (50 m asl). The warmest month is July and the coldest is February (Fig. 5). Most of the precipitation occurs in July–August and the snow layer is deepest in February–March. 22 Study areas and research methods 0 10 20 30 km Study area (including approx. 450 owl nest-boxes) Agricultural land Open bogs Water Other land cover classes (mainly forest land) Fig.
32 Study areas and research methods We collected data on breeding density, breeding performance and breeding success of boreal owls by inspecting the boxes and all known natural cavities each year. The ﬁrst inspection round was usually made in late March to late April, depending on the timing of breeding of owls, and the second inspection round was performed in mid-May to early June. One checking round of approx. 500 boxes and cavities of owls usually took about 7–10 days, with a two-man patrol in a four-wheel-drive car working for at least 12 hours a day, because each box and cavity needed to be checked by climbing the tree.
During the 2000s, the number of natural cavities somewhat decreased due to clearcutting, and therefore the number of available nest-sites for boreal owls has been approx. 490 from 2000 onwards (see Table 1). Only three main roads cross the study area: the west-to-east road (Vaasa–Jyväskylä) in the southern part of the study area, the south-to-north road (Seinäjoki–Uusikaarlepyy) in the western part of the study area, and the west-to-north-east road (Kauhava– Ylivieska–Oulu). Boreal owls sometimes breed in natural cavities very close (minimum only 5 m) to the main roads (Fig.
Annapurna: The First Conquest of an 8,000-Meter Peak by Maurice Herzog