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No Place to Fall: Superalpinism in the High Himalaya

No Place to Fall: Superalpinism in the High Himalaya [Kindle Edition]

Victor Saunders
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No Place to Fall is Victor Saunder’s follow up to his Boardman Tasker Prize winning debut book Elusive Summits. Covering three expeditions to familiar and unfamiliar ranges in Nepal, the Karakoram and the Kumaon, each shares the exhilaration of attempting new alpine-style routes on terrifyingly committing mountains. In 1989 Victor Saunders and Steve Sustad completed a difficult route on the West Face of Makalu II, only to be brought to a storm-bound halt above 7000 metres while descending. Without food or bivouac gear, they endured a tortuous descent after a night in the open. Two years later the pair were with a small team in the Hunza valley exploring elusive access to a giant hidden pillar on the unvisited South-East Face of Ultar, one of the highest and most shapely of the world’s unclimbed peaks. Climbing at night to avoid being caught out by the torture of sun on ice, they were a few pitches from the summit ridge on soft snow and rotten ice before equipment failure committed them to a dire descent. In 1992 Victor Saunders was part of a joint Indian-British team climbing various peaks in the Panch Chuli range and exploring its approaches from the west. A happy and successful expedition narrowly avoided ending in tragedy when Stephen Venables broke both legs in a fall on the descent from Panch Chuli V and Chris Bonington survived another fall going to his aid. The dramatic evacuation of Venables, in which the author took a major part, forms an exciting climax to a book which describes at first hand what it is like on the cutting edge of contemporary alpine-style climbing in the world’s highest mountains. As well as exciting climbing action, No Place to Fall offers enviable mountain exploration, enriched by sharing the lives of the mountain peoples along the way. Victor Saunders also casts a perceptive, if bemused, eye over his fellow climbers and reflects on the calculation of risk that drives them back year after year to chance their lives in high places.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 661 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Vertebrate Digital (14 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read, couldn't put it down, 3 Feb 2014
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I really enjoyed this book. As someone who enjoys mountaineering (albeit not at this level!) it was really interesting to read about the characters and skills that are involved in pushing the boundaries of Alpinism around the world.
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Great book. I loved it, laugh out loud funny and at the same time gripping in the true sense if the word. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! 28 May 2014
By Neil
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I enjoyed this book while travelling and trekking in Nepal and Tibet. I'm almost inspired to have a go at ice climbing now.
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