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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Cicerone Press (8 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852845481
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852845483
  • Product Dimensions: 29.7 x 2.3 x 26.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cut Alan Hinkes in half and you will find 'Mountain Climber' written there; it is his way of life. From an early age in Yorkshire he felt a deep attraction to hilly landscapes, which soon developed into a fascination with mountains and rock climbing. His first summit was Helvellyn in the English Lake District, and he soon progressed to climbing in Scotland and the Alps. In order to indulge his lifelong passion for mountains, Alan resigned from his former profession as a teacher to become an International Mountain Guide in the mid 1980s. It was also at this time that he began to climb in the Himalaya, where 6000m summits gradually progressed to the 8000m climbs recounted in this book.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Helpless TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Nov. 2013
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Alan Hinkes has put together a book with great narration and excellent photographs. I have read quite a few books on mountaineering, one of my favourites being about Everest and the Himalaya but many of them lack the full colour photographs that help place you there from the comfort of your living room.

What I like about this book is the 'matter of fact' writing and the general humbleness of the author. There is no grand standing or boasting, he tells it as it is and backs it up with some really impressive photographs. Dare I say that this is what I would have expected from a Yorkshireman, my grandfather was just the same. It also typifies the kind of 'real mountaineer' he is and not someone that pays to be carried to the top for a fee.

The other point to note is the photography. They are not all quite the picture perfect ones we would expect from say the National Geographic. Many have a sort of gritty candid realism, less posed and formulated especially those with with a human element in them. When you consider it is the same person standing behind all these photographs you can only be impressed with his tenacity and drive to put himself there.

Did he do this all because 'they are there' or is he just a little crazy?

Reading this book doesn't give the answer to the drive that took him to the top of so many peaks but what it does show is a self effacing ordinary man doing something very extraordinary. No he can't be ordinary, far from it but I reckon if you met him down the pub he'd rather be talking about the cricket score than going on about his own exploits.

I recommend you give this a go.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. M. P. Parsons on 30 Oct. 2013
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This is Alan's first book, but he is already a well-known contributor to climbing magazines and to many publications such as the Alpine Journal. He has developed a narrative style that is essentially accessible and easy to read, without being at all condescending or verbose. He has the knack of making us sweat with fear at the seeming certainty of a horrible death, and then cheer out loud at the incredible achievement of not only summiting, but most importantly descending safely, against all the odds.
He is totally underrated as a photographer and high-altitude film-maker, but he will now hopefully receive the acclaim he deserves, as the illustrations are superb. Many would be suited to a larger format to bring out all the details. (He does generally have poster-sized prints to sell at his live presentations.) I am stunned that he managed to take such photographs at an altitude where most climbers are desperately concentrating on just trying to breathe, and to put one foot in front of the other, without plummeting to their doom. Taking shots of himself often involved balancing the camera on a rock, downclimbing again, then re-ascending, painstakingly checking the shots each time, and repeating as necessary: an arduous task in often dangerous and difficult conditions. 'Gnarly'!
Paragraphs about specific subjects of interest, including such widely varied topics as 'Dealing with Death' and 'Roseberry Topping' are inserted between the chapters describing the ascents, and this design feature makes it, perhaps, a book to dip into rather than devour instantly from cover to cover - though actually it can be rather hard to put down. In a nutshell, a beautiful book by an amazing guy, don't know why he hasn't received a knighthood for his achievement, why has he not had more recognition: but as he says, he's most proud of being a Yorkshireman!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By nicola on 10 Oct. 2013
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I received this book this morning which is a gift for my alpinist boyfriend. I want to say not only was it delivered earlier than expected and well boxed, it is also after browsing through a beautifully written book with stunning photography and I know he is going to be thrilled with it. Thank you
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By Dr. Peter Davies TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Nov. 2013
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This is a classic mountaineering book. It is a great celebration of Alan Hinkes's life and achievements. Just the fact of what he has done, and come back from is amazing.

This book is superbly produced and photographed. It's worth the cost for the photographs alone. The hardest thing with Himalayan views is to work out the scale of the view. The photographs in this book are excellent and vivid.

Hinkes emerges as a likeable character- with a mixture of determination, ambition and judgement, and an ability to turn luck to his advantage on occasion. The text is sufficient to tell the story, and how he achieved his goals. It doesn't tell us much about what his internal drivers are- and I suspect there's a good biography or autobiography that could come from understanding these.

This book will delight those of us who climb mountains form the Peaks and Peninnes all the way up to the 8000m giants. I hope it's a Christmas treat for many walkers and climbers.
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By D. Fletcher on 31 Dec. 2013
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This book is quite incredible and a stunning account of what is unquestionably a herculean achievement by the author. It was difficult to put the book down after receiving it as a Christmas present.

I have since found myself looking further into available material about the author and related accounts of climbing these mountains and it is quite saddening that in our culture today someone can become more famous for appearing on some mind numbing reality TV show, than someone like Alan Hinkes who took 18 years to undertake this quest. As he mentions in the book, more people have travelled into space than those that have conquered these inhospitable mountains.

Alan Hinkes should be a household name and a recognised British national hero.

If you want to learn more about self sacrifice, extreme determination, personal loss, managing risk (and risk taking), self control and humility all complimented with some breathtaking images, then buy this book.
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