The Climbers: A History of Mountaineering
Mountaineering has always demanded a fine balancing act between the adrenalin thrust of calculated risk-taking & the basic instinct for survival. The mountaineers of the Victorial golden age which opened up the Alps were men like Whymper & Mummery who tested this balance constantly as they pushed themselves further & further, first in the Alps & later in the Himalaya.
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The climbers: a history of mountaineeringUser Review - Book Verdict
Bonington, a leading British climber for the last three decades, offers a history of mountain climbing from 1786 to 1990. The golden age of mountaineering in the Alps, expedition siege climbing in the Himalayas, and the alpine-style small party climbs of the 1970s and 1980s are given due space, while a final chapter touches on the latest developments in championship and sport climbing. The occasional Briticism ("bloody-mindedness") distracts, but American, Eastern European, and Asian climbing achievements are given as much space as British and West European ascents. Especially interesting or useful are Bonington's comments on incidents in the ascents he describes. His book offers less detail on individual ascents than Walt Unsworth's Hold the Heights (LJ 5/15/94), yet Bonington offers wider coverage of mountaineering history. A desirable purchase for most general collections.-Paula M. Strain, Rockville, Md.
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A comprehensive well written history that is now showing it's age Read full review