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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Sinclair Publishing (15 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906148201
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906148201
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 302,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An exceptional book." - BOARDMAN TASKER PRIZE 2009 "Beyond the Mountain takes the road less travelled. House takes the same approach he advocates for in alpinism - that of innovation, boldness, honesty and simplicity and uses it to produce a story of lasting depth." - BANFF MOUNTAIN BOOK FESTIVAL 2009 "The rare climbing book that I felt compelled to read cover to cover in just a few sittings." - DOUGALD MACDONALD, UKCLIMBING.COM"

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Steve House is a world-renowned climber and mountain guide, widely regarded for his clean, light-and-fast style of mountaineering. He has published articles in a number of magazines and journals, including: Climb (UK), Alpinist (US), Rock & Ice (US), Climbing (US), The American Alpine Journal, Gripped (Canada), Canadian Alpine Journal, Vertical (Europe), Montagnes (France) and Desnivel (Spain). His essays have been published in several books including: Contact: Mountain Climbing and Environmental Thinking (ISBN: 9780874177466); and an upcoming book about Nanga Parbat edited by Reinhold Messner.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Elliott TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Feb. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Steve House lets nothing get in the way of his mountaineering, and he deserves his position as one of the foremost extreme alpinists in the world. Readers of `Beyond The Mountain' will be awestruck by his commentaries on daring and difficult exploits with routes up demanding mountains in various parts of the globe. Steve House recalls his amazing adventures and achievements in fearsome and formidable detail and there is no doubting his total commitment and eminent capabilities. As a writer his narrative is episodic and he deliberately introduces sudden time-shifts like recounting the descent before the ascent as on Nanga Parbat. Occasionally his stories appear inadequate as with information withheld after a crevasse incident above Chamonix. These aspects may be awkward for some readers though generally Steve House writes bluntly in a business like manner. He clearly has strong feelings and without complete answers he hints at the motivation that has driven him to the apex of the extreme alpinist game, giving explanations on relationships and trust with partners as well as insights to solo epics. Throughout his climbing career he has striven to be the best mountaineer he can be, and when confessing to inadequacies he does not downplay his courage and he does not belittle his accomplishments. Always Steve House's accounts are pragmatic, but in `telling it as it is' his narrative seems stark and somewhat lacking in humour, and to me this suggests a degree of arrogance. He professes to dislike a title bestowed on him as `The great white hope' but perhaps signs of self-glorification and false modesty may be detected.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Tuck on 26 Oct. 2010
Format: Paperback
Beyond the Mountain is the type of read that will appeal to the broadest possible spectrum from seasoned mountaineers familiar with the metalic clank of gear and a knot of deep-stomach adrenalin, to would-be climbers happy to take their risks vicariously. Steve House's writing style is much like his approach to mountaineering - lean, lightweight and very effective. Indeed, the book is a distillation of mountaineering itself: a bitter-sweet mixture of tales of reaching extreme goals and the harsh (and often very personal) price to be paid for doing so. His account of finally summiting Nanga Parbat will raise a lump in even the driest of throats. The author has been accused of arrogance and hypocracy but anyone who is prepared to admit very publicly to making such high altitude bungles as losing a boot or a head torch when it really does matter is, I think, perfectly well aware of their infallability; such moments make the author seem less of a mountaineering machine and more of bloke who is not immune to occasionally screwing up. Leap-frogging forward and back in time can make following events a little tricky at times but also gives the text more complexity and depth. Awesome photos (in the proper sense of the word) complete what will surely become one of a generation's classic mountaineeering volumes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Simon Gregory on 28 Nov. 2011
Format: Paperback
I must start by saying that I really wanted to dislike this book.
Before reading this I thought that he was without doubt one of, if not the best Alpinist of our generation, but that he had some outspoken views that made him seem aloof and elitist. A trait that I struggle to come to terms with.
However I couldn't have been more wrong. Yes he does have firm views on styles of assents and the aesthetics involved in climbs but these come from his love and respect for the mountains.
The book opens up a whole new side to Steve that me, the reader, never knew existed, self doubt, confidence in his own ability, trouble devoting himself to marriage/relationships, sadness at lost partners and friends and a humility that can sometimes get lost in translation on this side of the pond.
The descriptions of the climbs are written in a way that made me feel as though I was there with him. Suffering the cold, discomfort and even the adrenaline rush of nailing a difficult pitch. The writing even has you hooked after the summit has been achieved or the wall scaled you remain hooked, feeling the tension on the descents, only being able to relax after he is down.
That said the book is not written purely for Alpinists as the jargon is kept pretty much to a minimum and could easily be read by somebody who likes autobiographies or adventure books.
Steve lays himself bare in this book, and for that he should be commended, he talks about his inability to commit to both marriage and climbing. His search for the one true partner to climb with, and his soul searching following the loss of friends. He talks about his own failings as a climber and throughout the book you feel Steve grow into the role of the Great White Hope (as he was labelled).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. D. Shephard on 15 Nov. 2011
Format: Paperback
Steve House's autobiography gives a fascinating and lucid insight into what has driven him to some very dizzying and scary heights, and some very dark lows. The book takes you on a journey through his mountaineering career which is riddled with significant ascents and repeats from early on culminating in an alpine style-ascent of Nanga Parbat (for full climbing CV see [...] no point in repeating it here).

Its a very honest book, with House reflecting on what drives him to do the climbs he does and the costs of doing them (not just physically, but emotionally and the effect it has on his relationships), and I would highly recommend it for anyone with an interesting in climbing, mountaineering or human endeavor.
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