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Synopsis: This book encompasses the rich, broad spectrum of adventure that is mountain climbing, in a remarkable selection of first-hand accounts - most never before published - by 40 of the foremost mountaineers of modern times. Heroic Climbs looks at the development of climbing in the great mountainous areas of the world, from the Alps and remote ranges of Europe to the big walls and super ice of North America, from South America and the last great wilderness of Antarctica to the highest challenges in the Himalaya. Each section introduces the history of the region, to put into context the articles that cover many different eras.
Here are the pioneering exploits - Charles Houston's vivid memories of Nanda Devi and K2 in the '30s; Bradford Washburn's recollections of meeting the challenge of Alaska's Mt. Lucania in 1937, and Sir Edmund Hillary's memories of "the last lap" for himself and Tenzing on Everest in 1953.
Here also are today's climbers' stories - Catherine Destivelle's eleven days and nights spent clinging to a 3,000-ft. granite wall on the west face of the Dru; Paul Piana's and Todd Skinner's near disaster at the top of El Capitan's Salathe Wall; Barry Blanchard's cold fear on the ice of Mt. Temple's north face; Ed Webster's discovery of the dramatic beauty in the sandstone cracks of Utah's Canyonlands; Marc Twight's and Andy Parkin's body-bruising journey into "The House of Pain" on the Aiguille des Pelerins.
Rutkiewicz, Venables, Fowler, Burgess, Calhoun Grissom, Habeler, Messner, Scott, Diemberger, Mear and a dozen more, men and women from many different countries, tell of their exhilaration, success, failure and redemption in the mountains in stories representing vastly different styles in both climbing and writing. While it may never be possible for climbers to express completely why it is they pit themselves against the heights, this collection of absorbing writing makes a valuable contribution to the reader's understanding and appreciation of the lure of climbing.
Title: Heroic Climbs: A Celebration of World ...
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Book Description Mountaineers Books, 1994. Condition: Good. First Edition. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP97316437
Book Description Mountaineers Books, The. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Book has some visible wear on the binding, cover, pages. Seller Inventory # G089886416XI3N00
Book Description Mountaineers Books, The. Hardcover. Condition: Good. A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. The spine may show signs of wear. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Seller Inventory # G089886416XI3N00
Book Description Mountaineers Books. Condition: Very Good. . Very Good dust jacket. Seller Inventory # R01B-01853
Book Description Mountaineers Books. Hardcover. Condition: GOOD. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Possible ex library copy, thatâ€™ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included. Seller Inventory # 2814109498
Book Description Mountaineers Books, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG089886416X
Book Description Mountaineers Books, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A., 1994. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+. Bookplate. Bumped corner. Couple short tears to jacket. Seller Inventory # 050598
Book Description Mountaineers Books, 1994. Condition: Collectible; Like New. Near fine book & jacket. Seller Inventory # GDP-HIZ-FQ5
Book Description Mountaineers Books, 1994. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Hard Cover - VG/VG - Dust jacket has a small tear at bottom edge of spine otherwise book is clean and tight - Illustrated - Index - 224 pages. Seller Inventory # 238714
Book Description The Mountaineers, Seattle, 1994. Hard Cover. Condition: F. Dust Jacket Condition: F-. First US. F/F-. 4to. original black boards (tiny faint red ink 'tick' to FFE) in dustwrapper (slightly rubbed); pp. 224, with numerous illustrations. Heavy item (1.65kg), additional postage may be required for international delivery. A near fine copy. Seller Inventory # 022733