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796.522 Nonfiction mountain climbing narratives

Why are there so many books about climbing rock and mountains? Because there is more to climbing than just climbing and you need to know what that means. The authors, often climbers themselves, make you feel the rock under your toes, the anticipation of an alpine start, and frequently speak about the spiritual and metaphysical parts of their journey, curiously without being religious. These books ponder our human strengths, weaknesses, the illusions fear creates, character, and show us how to suck the marrow out of life even if you choose not to climb. So please find a comfy seat and join me, my friends…

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Down the Everest Rabbit Hole: The Third Pole by Mark Synnott Reviewed

I was thrilled that Emily Canders at Penguin Books’ Dutton asked me to review another book by Mark Synnott. I enjoyed reading The Impossible Climb (2018.) But when I saw that Synnott wrote about an expedition to Mount Everest, I worried that he sold out; Everest is for wanna-be mountaineers, not genuine off-grid climbers like … Continue reading Down the Everest Rabbit Hole: The Third Pole by Mark Synnott Reviewed

Ueli Steck and the Graziani-Benoist Odyssey on Annapurna

Before I get into Ueli Steck and Annapurna, I want to take a moment to acknowledge the contributions of a very special and influential alpinist. As you probably heard, Sir Doug Scott passed away on the evening of December 7, 2020. He was part of the first ascent of the Southwest Everest expedition in 1975–where … Continue reading Ueli Steck and the Graziani-Benoist Odyssey on Annapurna

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