The Climbers: A History of Mountaineering

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BBC Books, 1992 - Sports & Recreation - 288 pages
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Mountaineering has always demanded a fine balancing act between calculated risk-taking and the basic instinct for survival. The pioneers of the Victorian golden age tested this balance as they pushed themselves further and further, first in the Alps and later in the Himalayas. Of them all, it was perhaps Mummery whose attitude to climbing is closest to that of the 1990s, and this book recreates his first ascent of the Grepon. It also traces his attempts on Nanga Parbat, where he was to lose his life.

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The climbers: a history of mountaineering

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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 ... Read full review

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Chris Bonington is the acclaimed author of 15 books, including "Annapurna South Face, Everest the Hard Way, " and "Tibet's Secret Mountain". He has led and been on 19 Himalayan expeditions. He lives in England and lectures extensively on leadership throughout the world.

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