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Chris Bonington's Everest Hardcover – 14 Nov 2002
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'A well told tale of adventure is always welcome and Bonington does not disappoint.' Robert McCrum, OBSERVER (11/12/02) 'A fitting tribute to a man, a mountain, and a lifetime of endeavour ... The fascination of this book is in the details' Barry Forshaw PUBLISHING NEWS 9/8/02 (Oct Nov Hardback Previews)
Chris Bonington, Britain's best known climber, celebrates in words and pictures the 50th anniversary of the conquest of the world's highest mountain.See all Product description
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A lot of the stories told are about pioneering expeditions to attempt first climbs on untried routes up the hill. It's great stuff and takes you back to the Everest that existed before the mass expeditions that have got so many to the top by familiar routes that have been described so many times that armchair readers can describe in a detail that would have stunned the early Everest pioneers. It's not that Everest is getting easier, it's just getting a bit familiar (there's a lot of literature out there) and it's quite nice to reflect on the time when it wasn't.
In addition to the tales, the book contains some fantastic photography and deserves to be on a table rather than a shelf.
I know Bonnington has made a decent living out of it but money seems to have absolutely no bearing at all on why so many seemingly intelligent men risk life and limb climbing at altitude.
Hacking coughs, violently upset bellies and splitting headaches are the rule rather than the exception.
Men (some with small children back home) clamouring for a place on the summitt team knowing damn well that there is a great chance they will die.
Why do they do it? I dont think they know themselves but seeing some of the incredible photographs in this book answered a lot of those questions for me. Just looking at the pictures from the relative safety of my tiolet seat brings up the hairs on the back of my neck so what must it have been like to actually be there?
It seems to me that mountaineers are addicted to danger and spectacular views. Me? I'm addicted to reading about them.
I have read the individual books from this but to have 4 in 1 is perfect.
I am not a climber but have a love of the mountains especially Everest.
Mr Bonington writing is superb and the views of his team in the various expeditions is enthralling.
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