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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Cicerone Press (15 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852847263
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852847265
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 1.7 x 14.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A lifelong passion for mountains drives Kev Reynolds to share his sense of wonder and delight in the natural world through his writing, photography and lecturing. A prolific compiler of guidebooks, Kev has enjoyed a fruitful relationship with Cicerone since the 1970s, producing 50 books - including guides to five major trekking regions of Nepal, and to numerous routes in the European Alps and Pyrenees.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By aaa-Pam on 8 May 2014
Format: Paperback
A WALK IN THE CLOUDS is not a bad book --as you can see by the number of 5- and 4-Star reviews-- but I'm fairly certain it's not going to be a book for everyone, thus my review.

A WALK IN THE CLOUDS is a collection of very short recollections drawn from years of experience climbing and hiking in mountains all over the world. Though I'm a couch-potato I've found that I love reading books about K2 and Everest, about hiking the Rockies or Appalachian trail. It wasn't until this book though that I realized that an important part about what I enjoyed about Viesturs' and Curran's, Grylls' and Krakauer's books was the personal interactions and the personal determination it took to overcome the obstacles.

***SMALL SPOILERS ** ** SMALL SPOILERS**
Kev Reynolds writes about little vignettes, special moments that sparkle brilliantly in his mind after the passage of years and even decades, but they aren't the sort of moments that are satisfying for someone looking for the in-depth portrayal of human interactions and determination. There's a story about a woman who overcame her fear of the vertical ladders at the Ceilon glacier, but the story ends with her farting. There's another story of a woman who needed prompting to cross an avalanche area... but it ended with getting a shot of snaps.

***END OF SPOILERS***

These are sweet vignettes, but very personal and something I just didn't connect with.

Like I said. Not a bad book, just not what I was looking for.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Niki Collins-queen, Author TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Mar. 2014
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After Kev Reynolds climbed Morocco's Atlas Mountains in 1965 at age 21 he married Min, his girlfriend, quit his government desk job and began to explore the planets many mountains.
Over time he become a leading authority on the mountains of the world and wrote the definitive 1978 guidebook, "Walking and Climbing the Pyrenees" (in France and Spain) now on its 5th edition. Since then Kev has written 51 guidebooks and been published in many other books and magazines.
Kev's amazing memoir, "A Walk in the Clouds: 50 Years Among the Mountains" is a beautifully written, poetic collection of stories of his life in the mountains. He says it's not only the summits that are the highlights, it's also the experiences on and around the mountains that count.
He says there is no chronological order to follow in the book. It's a collection of short stories about "moments as big as years," profound life-changing experiences he still recalls with vivid intensity that have molded his character and made him who he is. It's also about his favorite, most memorable lessons on the mountains, the people he met, the experiences he shared, and the cultural bridges he built.
His journeys take us across the Moroccan Atlas, France and Spain's Pyrenees trails, the European Alps and the Himalayas. Also included are stories about climbing mountains in Corsica, Norway, Turkey and Peru among others.
Kev gave me the feeling not only of hiking the trails but also of watching the seasons unfold, meeting the people and forming connections throughout the world. He says, "Life is an adventure to be cherished"and literally "walks his talk." He says it's true the path less trod is almost always worth taking.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Beautifully written, poetic collection of stories 26 Mar. 2014
By Niki Collins-queen, Author - Published on Amazon.com
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After Kev Reynolds climbed Morocco's Atlas Mountains in 1965 at age 21 he married Min, his girlfriend, quit his government desk job and began to explore the planets many mountains.
Over time he become a leading authority on the mountains of the world and wrote the definitive 1978 guidebook, "Walking and Climbing the Pyrenees" (in France and Spain) now on its 5th edition. Since then Kev has written 51 guidebooks and been published in many other books and magazines.
Kev's amazing memoir, "A Walk in the Clouds: 50 Years Among the Mountains" is a beautifully written, poetic collection of stories of his life in the mountains. He says it's not only the summits that are the highlights, it's also the experiences on and around the mountains that count.
He says there is no chronological order to follow in the book. It's a collection of short stories about "moments as big as years," profound life-changing experiences he still recalls with vivid intensity that have molded his character and made him who he is. It's also about his favorite, most memorable lessons on the mountains, the people he met, the experiences he shared, and the cultural bridges he built.
His journeys take us across the Moroccan Atlas, France and Spain's Pyrenees trails, the European Alps and the Himalayas. Also included are stories about climbing mountains in Corsica, Norway, Turkey and Peru among others.
Kev gave me the feeling not only of hiking the trails but also of watching the seasons unfold, meeting the people and forming connections throughout the world. He says, "Life is an adventure to be cherished"and literally "walks his talk." He says it's true the path less trod is almost always worth taking.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Treasure Trove Of Experiences and Encounters By A Master Mountain Trekker 17 May 2014
By Esteban Ess - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Kev Reynolds is a highly experienced trekker of mountainous terrain including that in some of the least accessible destinations such as the Himalayas, the Atlas Mountains in Morocco and much more. He is internationally recognized for his high country skills including mechanically assisted ascents, glacier traverses, survival skills, ecotourism, professional guide services, mountain rescue and more. He has, during his fifty years of dedicated travel and his writing of numerous guidebooks, magazine articles and other publications, visited many places that most of his readers will never see. But, those who read this book will gain the flavor and wisdom from Kev's shared experiences, sometimes with people who are living on the edge of subsistence and - yet - find it in their hearts to be hospitable and to share their meager food with a traveler. Each of his short stories is based on his own experience as he recounts the strange things that take place between he and his clients and people he meets during his journeys. He also shares his interactions and deep thoughts about the mountains, trails, glaciers, countries, authorities, and much more. Those who read this book will undoubtedly find themselves better prepared to strike off on their own adventures into remote places where self reliance is the rule. I reviewed the Vine edition which did not have the photographs that I am sure will add another star to the final publication. A great addition to the personal library of any trekker. I plan to read the book again with Google Earth at hand to lend more interest to the actual terrain. But, my first read was fulfilling thanks to the intensity of Kev's description of his person-to-person encounters. I have been on some treks myself like a high mountain crossing in Taiwan that took five days and involved overnight stays in or near 4 villages. Had I read his book, I might have imbibed the hawk and squirrel stew, complete with bones and feathers that was on offer from some mountain aborigines. He tasted or ate everything he was offered, some of the food and living circumstances being at odds with the tastes of modern city-man. Good for Kev Reynolds and good for his readers too who can gain valuable information on intercultural mores that may serve the readers well when they go into the remote parts of the earth. Oh, and lest I forget to mention, Kev has a dry sense of humor and does well with the understatement such as when someone is advised that they should perhaps take their photograph sooner than later because they are standing on a snow bridge over a crevasse.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Okay, but not Wowed 7 May 2014
By aaa-Pam - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
A WALK IN THE CLOUDS is not a bad book --as you can see by the number of 5- and 4-Star reviews-- but I'm fairly certain it's not going to be a book for everyone, thus my review.

A WALK IN THE CLOUDS is a collection of very short recollections drawn from years of experience climbing and hiking in mountains all over the world. Though I'm a couch-potato I've found that I love reading books about K2 and Everest, about hiking the Rockies or Appalachian trail. It wasn't until this book though that I realized that an important part about what I enjoyed about Viesturs' and Curran's, Grylls' and Krakauer's books was the personal interactions and the personal determination it took to overcome the obstacles.

***SMALL SPOILERS ** ** SMALL SPOILERS**
Kev Reynolds writes about little vignettes, special moments that sparkle brilliantly in his mind after the passage of years and even decades, but they aren't the sort of moments that are satisfying for someone looking for the in-depth portrayal of human interactions and determination. There's a story about a woman who overcame her fear of the vertical ladders at the Ceilon glacier, but the story ends with her farting. There's another story of a woman who needed prompting to cross an avalanche area... but it ended with getting a shot of snaps.

***END OF SPOILERS***

These are sweet vignettes, but very personal and something I just didn't connect with.

Like I said. Not a bad book, just not what I was looking for.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A walk in the clouds 7 May 2014
By Becky (in NOLA) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
A walk in the clouds by Kev Reynolds is one of the hardest books I've ever had to review. The book consists of his experience during 50 years he spend among the mountains. He has written a lot of books, including guide books. As my mouse hovered over the stars I really read what they said - 5 is I love it, 4 is I like it, and 3 is it's okay. And for me, this book was okay.

I honestly believe the people who gave it fours and fives liked and loved it. I think how one feels about A walk in the clouds is going to be totally dependent on how one feels about Kev's "voice." I wanted to be transported to the mountains, living the experience with Kev, instead I always felt this arms length recital of the experiences. The book is well written technically, grammatically, but the book didn't appeal to me on a story telling level.

Most of the stories are more very short vignettes. For example, he talked about wanting to see the moonrise and sunrise on a mountain, but it snowed and so he didn't see the sunrise, and he says it will be hard to get back down.. and that is it. I want the story of getting back down. I don't know.. the stories lacked for me, they were very small moments of time when I wanted the whole story. again, this is going to depend on how one reads and feels about the stories.

The stories range from a bare 3 paragraphs to a couple of pages. Some, like when he was with his friend and got a bad feeling about a glacier they were one, were riveting and I wished more were like that one. (The Pink Chateau) but ultimately that showed me what the entire compilation should have been, and made the others weaker by comparison. Most of the stories aren't even stories, they are glimpses, like seeing a bit of table setting through an open window but not getting to see the whole room.

I would totally buy one of his guidebooks. He seems to know his subject and I think the voice he uses would be great for that kind of book, but, for me, this wasn't the book I was looking for to vicariously experience traveling in the clouds.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
elegant, polished writing, the sharing of memories! 6 April 2014
By Vintage PowerReader - Published on Amazon.com
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Let me count the ways I enjoyed this book!
A skilled writer with wonderful stories spanning years of experience. Each story is a little jem, I enjoyed the alps section. Chapter 21 is one of my favorites, just short note, but it brought back memories of hiking north of Venice. Chapter 38 brought back more memories of hiking and the small rooms we used to rent. I like the small size of the book it fits in my pack with my reading glasses. This on is a keeper on the shelf.
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