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The Story Of Alpine Climbing

Autor: Francis Gribble
Publisher: Read Books Ltd
ISBN: 1473341523
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This vintage book contains a historical account of Alpine climbing, with fascinating information relating to famous climbers and various notable expeditions. It includes authentic anecdotes taken from the journals of those who have climbed the Alps throughout history, and will therefore be of considerable utility to those with an interest in historical climbing expeditions and climbing the Alps in particular. The Story of Alpine Climbing would make for a worthy addition to collections of mountaineering literature and is not to be missed by modern climbing enthusiasts. Many vintage books such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with its original artwork and text.

Pushing The Limits

Autor: Chic Scott
Publisher: Rocky Mountain Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780921102595
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This book captures Canada's 200-year mountaineering history, a story that unfolds both in Canada and around the world. Journeying to the summits, the crags and the gyms, from the west coast to Québec, and from the Yukon to the Rockies, Chic introduces his readers to early mountain pioneers and modern-day climbing athletes. An adept storyteller with an obvious passion for his subject, Chic showcases the under-celebrated achievements of Canadian climbers.

Alpine Climbing

Autor: Mark Houston
Publisher: The Mountaineers Books
ISBN: 9780898867497
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* For climbers who know the basics and are ready to venture at higher altitudes* Written by longtime guides and climbing instructors certified by the American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA)* Teaches situational thinking and learning as well as techniqueThis intermediate-level guide addresses tools, skills, and techniques used in alpine terrain including rock, snow, ice, and glaciers at moderate altitude - approximately 5000 meters (16,000 feet) and lower. The technical protection systems are covered, of course. But 30 years of alpine climbing experience has convinced the authors that mastery - and safety - lie in the far more difficult task of knowing exactly which techniques to use, where and when. Therefore, they teach step-by-step decision-making skills, providing scenarios, checklists, and self-posed questions to inform the decision process. Alpine Climbing assumes some prior knowledge, primarily in rock climbing skills and techniques. Basic knots, belaying,rappelling, building rock anchors, leading, placing rock protection, and movement skills on rock: variations of these skills that are of particular value in the alpine environment are addressed in this book.

K2 The Story Of The Savage Mountain

Autor: Jim Curran
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1444778358
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K2 is the world's second highest mountain, but its savage reputation is second to none. The loss of Alison Hargreaves and six companions in 1995 was a grim echo of the multiple deaths in 1986 and of earlier disasters which have become part of climbing legend. K2 has always attracted the greatest names in mountaineering. Wiessner, Houston, Bonatti, Diemberger and Bonington are among those whose lives have been permanently scarred by their experiences on it. At the same time some inspiring new routes have been achieved on the world's most difficult 8000-metre peak. Jim Curran, himself a survivor of 1986, has traced the history of the mountain from the nineteenth-century pioneer explorers down to the present, and sees a repeating pattern of naked ambition, rivalry, misjudgement and recrimination. He has also found selfless heroism and impressive route-making on the mountain that top climbers will always covet as the ultimate prize.

The Bold And Cold

Autor: Brandon Pullan
Publisher: Rocky Mountain Books Ltd
ISBN: 1771601159
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Over the past 100 years, climbers have been pushing standards in the Canadian Rockies. From long alpine ridges to steep north faces, the Rockies are synonymous with cutting edge ascents. Peaks such as Robson, Chephren, Kitchener, Twins and Alberta elude the many and reward the few. Many of the big faces were climbed between the 1960s and 1990, the golden age of alpinism in the Rockies. The men and women who first were part of the golden age set high standards. Future alpinists read old journals and guidebooks, hoping to experience what the alpine "pioneers” did. The Rockies require a certain edge that comes with age, humiliation and failure, for most. Perhaps the ones who drink the most whiskey, dream of the biggest peaks and sleep with snowballs in their hands are the ones rewarded with the momentary triumph of coming to a draw with one of these mountains. This is not a guidebook, rather a story book by the people who risked life and limb to establish long and difficult climbs in the style of bold. What kind of climb? The scary kind of climb, the kind that will send most packing and the kind that rarely gets climbed, but often are dreamed about. They demand every inch of one’s physical, mental and spiritual self being. The kind that might, has and could kill. These climbs are not for the weak of heart, the beginner or even the advanced climber. They are for a rare breed. A breed that through experience in harsh and unpleasant situations have honed their skills in a manner that allows them to ante up. The mountains dictate the route and conditions, the climbers dictate the style. These routes are perhaps enjoyed best through the words of others, the pictures taken with frosty lenses and numb fingers, the stories told by the bold souls who knowingly stepped into the spiritual, mental and physical struggle these mountains offer. Suffering, unforgiving circumstances, where if mistakes are made there is a price to pay. The grades are trivial, for it is the experience, not the difficulty that defines the route. These are not any-given-weekend routes. Many factors must align for an ascent to go down, conditions of both the route and the climber must be tip top. These routes are for occasions when the mind and body need a check, a good check. With an increasing number of people entering the world of climbing, it is important to keep these stories close. To know a small group of climbers including Canadian, European, American and South Africans made bold decisions that brought the world’s attention to Canada. Legends were born, men died. The mountains made of rotten rock, ice and snow kept the stakes high. Once the summits were had, the walls had to be had. Nearly 100 years after the rise of alpinism in Europe, it began in Canada. The 1860s are for Europe what the 1960s are for Canada. The peaks had been climbed and it was time for the faces. The pursuit of difficulty on steep terrain, ice and rock marked the dawn of the golden era and the 25 bold and cold.

Cascade Alpine Guide

Autor: Fred Beckey
Publisher: The Mountaineers Books
ISBN: 9780898868388
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Volume II in the classic "Cascade Alpine Guide" seriesfeatures expert information on more than 300 climbing andhigh routes in the Cascades. This volume covers themiddle of the Cascade Range, from the foothills east ofPuget Sound to Lake Chelan. You'll find geographical,historical, and geological overviews of the majestic mid-Cascade ......

Freedom Climbers

Autor: Bernadette McDonald
Publisher: Mountaineers Books
ISBN: 1594857571
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CLICK HERE to download the first chapter from Freedom Climbers (Provide us with a little information and we'll send your download directly to your inbox) "One of the most important mountaineering books to be written for many years." —Boardman-Tasker Prize See this book trailer for Freedom Climbers made by RMB Books, its publisher in Canada, where the cover is slightly different from the Mountaineers Books U.S. edition * Behind the Iron Curtain, Cold War mountaineers found freedom on the world's highest peaks—and paid an awful price to achieve it * Winner of the Boardman-Tasker Prize, Banff Grand Prize, and American Alpine Club Literary Award Freedom Climbers tells the story of Poland's truly remarkable mountaineers who dominated Himalayan climbing during the period between the end of World War II and the start of the new millennium. The emphasis here is on their "golden age" in the 1980s and 1990s when, despite the economic and social baggage of their struggling country, Polish climbers were the first to tackle the world's highest mountains during winter, including the first winter ascents on seven of the world's fourteen 8000-meter peaks: Everest, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Cho Oyu, Kanchenjunga, Annapurna, and Lhotse. Such successes, however, came at a serious cost: 80 percent of Poland's finest high-altitude climbers died on the high mountains during the same period they were pursuing these first ascents. Award-winning writer Bernadette McDonald addresses the social, political, and cultural context of this golden age, and the hardships of life under Soviet rule. Polish climbers, she argues, were so tough because their lives at home were so tough—they lost family members to World War II and its aftermath and were so much more poverty-stricken than their Western counterparts that they made much of their own climbing gear. While Freedom Climbers tells the larger story of an era, McDonald shares charismatic personal narratives such as that of Wanda Rutkiewicz, expected to be the first woman to climb all 8000-meter peaks until she disappeared on Kanchenjunga in 1992; Jerzy Kukuczka, who died in a fall while attempting the south face of Lhotse; and numerous other renowned climbers including Voytek Kurtyka, Artur Hajzer, Andrej Zawaka, and Krzysztof Wielicki. This is a fascinating window into a different world, far-removed from modernity yet connected by the strange allure of the mountain landscape, and a story of inspiring passion against all odds. This title is part of our LEGENDS AND LORE series. Click here > to learn more.

1998 American Alpine Journal

Publisher: The Mountaineers Books
ISBN: 9781933056456
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The American Alpine Journal is internationally acknowledged as the world's finest mountain climbing journaL. Published annually since 1929, the AAJ offers incisive accounts of the previous year's significant climbs.The 1998 AAJ covers hundreds of the most remarkable ascents around the world with first-person accounts, deftly drawn topos, and dramatic photographs. In addition, the AAJ's book reviews, including reports on the Everest Tragedy books, provide readers with insightful critiques of the year's climbing literature.


Autor: Daniel Arnold
Publisher: Catapult
ISBN: 1619024993
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A “gripping” collection of short fiction about mountain climbers driven by risk and adventure (Sacramento Bee). From varied backgrounds with diverse perspectives, the characters who populate Snowblind don’t feel quite whole until they’ve summited some of the world’s most dangerous peaks—an obsession that most of us just can’t fathom. A young climber walks a hotel hallway passing rooms filled with things but no people—rucksacks, jackets, sleeping bags, crampons and ice screws strewn across the beds and floors. Later he will explain to his fellow climbers what it’s like to disconnect his harness and leave his fallen partner to die alone in a blizzard. A woman climber, isolated and alone in the mountains, calculates the risks of walking back to civilization after her pilot doesn’t arrive for their scheduled pickup. In seemingly quiet moments filled with satisfying tension, these stories of driven adventurers, like climbing itself, may culminate at any moment in either triumph or tragedy. “A spellbinder . . . eight short stories and novellas [that] will appeal to fans of alpine and other extreme sports.” —Booklist “An impressive exploration of the souls of mountaineers . . . The reading is nerve-racking but well worth the trip.” —Stanford Magazine