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World Mountaineering (The World's Great Mountains By The World's Great Mountaineers)

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ISBN 10: 1845331427 / ISBN 13: 9781845331429
Published by Mitchell Beazley, 2006
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Title: World Mountaineering (The World's Great ...

Publisher: Mitchell Beazley

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

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Go higher and higher with the world’s leading mountaineers as they describe 50 of the most spectacular peaks from around the globe: their routes, their challenges, and their climbing history, plus compelling climbing experiences that are sure to inspire. Contributions come from Iain Allan on Mount Kenya; George Band on Kengchenjunga; Al Read on Grand Teton; Steve Roper on El Capitan; Anderl Heckmair on the first ascent of the north wall of the Eiger; and George Mallory II, who retraces his grandfather’s history-making journey on Everest. Breathtaking photographs, maps, and charts fill the volume, and there’s practical information how to get to each fabled mountain, on what gear to take and when to climb, what facilities are available, and what safety provisions must be taken.

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World Mountaineering reaches a new summit. Organized by continent, this splendid, large-format climbing guide features 52 of the world's most spectacular mountains and their climbs, stepping far beyond the mere map-and-route delineations that define many climbing guidebooks. Even if the topographical descriptions and various routes snaking across the stunningly clear photographs were all that were here, that might seem enough. But each mountain's entry also includes an aerial map, a timeline of climbing history, and practicalities such as access, red tape, the best times to climb, and suggested maps and guidebooks to bring along. Essays--written by top mountaineers, such as Ed Webster on Mount Robson, or Hilary Boardman on the Carstensz Pyramid--recount personal experiences with each mountain. Suddenly the alpine world is above, shimmering and stirring, crisp and clear. The only stumble is that only five of these mountaineer essayists are women.

Route descriptions concentrate less on the step-by-step details and more on the legacy of those who have gone before, their equipment, their route's most difficult and salient features, and the official climb grading. Ideas for future climbs on each mountain suggest new routes on which to test and hone skills.

Sure, there are mountains here that one would expect--Everest, McKinley, K2, Kilimanjaro--but, as Chris Bonington writes in the foreword, "We must remember that there are alternatives to Everest.... There is a wealth of superb climbing to be had around the world ... in places where there are few, if any, other people and still no tell-tale signs of man." Bonington gives cautions about the crowding and development of popular mountains; editor Audrey Salkeld introduces the book with a history of climbing and thoughts on the future of mountaineering. In all, World Mountaineering reveals the dazzling array of climbing possibilities and acts as much as an inspiration as a dependable guide to the top. --Byron Ricks

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