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McLewins book - described as, the voice from under the boulder, a piece of typical English understatement that reminded the judges of Shipton at his best. -- Climber Magazine - Boardman Tasker Awards
The author says this is a book to be dipped into, I could hardly put it down. It is not a guidebook in the sense of giving detailed route descriptions. -- Bob Allen, The Alpine Journal
The photographs are a worthy accompliment to the text. McLewin emphasises the importance of harmony with surroundings as the key to mountaineering success. -- David Rose, The Observer
The writing style, photographs and layout are clear and interesting. Like climbing the 4,000 feet peaks, the accounts of the ascents are full of ups and downs. -- Roger Payne, High Magazine
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While the cryptic allusive title disguises the content of this book - an account of the author's climbs of all the 4000m peaks of the Alps - it reflects his intensely aesthetic, ascetic, and somewhat idiosyncratic approach to alpine mountaineering. McLewin's writing is spare, direct, understated, and at times provocative. The book is superbly produced, the photographs being absolutely mouth-watering.
Will McLewin writes well in an easy laconic manner. His stories of the ascents of the various 4000 m peaks are always interesting and to me as an amateur mountaineer, inspiring.
I think McLewin could have fleshed out a bit the discussion sections and amplified his views on such subjects as to why he climbed alone and always bivouaced rather than stay in huts as these brief asides are really excellent. I would also have liked to have known more of his background and motivation.
Good photos and amusing descriptions make this a must have for Alpine mountaineers.
The fact it was in stock was a bonus. This was bought for my Brother-in-Law for his summer trip to one of the mountains. Apparently it was well received and proved a hit amongst his mountain climbing friends.
Loved the book and the author's views. If you want to have a try in the Alps and are "British" it's well worth the money. The only downside is it feels quite dated, but then again I'm from that generation ;-)