High Endeavours: The Life and Legend of Robin Smith

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Robin Smith was one of the most legendary climbers ever to have tackled a mountain. This definitive biography draws on contributions from people who knew this charismatic and complex young man, as well as diary extracts from Smith himself.

As Smith was a friend and inspiration to many climbers worldwide, including fellow Scot Dougal Haston, High Endeavours is a fitting and long-overdue tribute to one of Britain's most revered mountaineers, and one of the finest books ever written on the allure of the mountainside.

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The life of the legendary climber, told by his friend

Robin Smith was one of the most daring climbers ever to tackle the slopes. His ramshackle exploits, with fraying rope and ancient boots, both inspired and terrified his contemporaries as he devised the most dangerous and direct routes up some of the most challenging mountains. The irresistible thrill of the climb and the dynamic charm of Smith himself are vividly drawn in this definitive biography.

This affectionate tribute recalls the Golden Age of climbing, when you could launch yourself at an impossible cliff-face armed with nothing more than a borrowed ice-pick, and a stolen melon for food. With letters and commentary from his peers (including fellow-climber Dougal Haston), as well as Smith's own writings, High Endeavours is a fitting and long-overdue tribute to one of Britain's most revered mountaineers, and one of the finest books ever written on the allure of the mountainside.

"The first major work on Smith to be written."
Colin Wells, Scotland on Sunday

"Brings a memorable spirit to life."
Tom Ford, Sunday Telegraph

Cover photographs Jimmy Marshall
Cover design by James Hutcheson

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JIMMY CRUIKSHANK is a contemporary of Robin Smith's, who was a classmate, and accompanied him on some of his early climbs. This is his first book.

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