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Cold Climbs: Great Snow and Ice Climbs of the British Isles (Teach Yourself) Hardcover – 1 Dec 1990
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This is a fascinating book in which winter climbing s leading performers describe in detail their climbs, many of which represent the ultimate in their sport a strange, cold, uncomfortable and dangerous activity, practiced among extraordinarily beautiful and hostile environments, often in the most adverse conditions of blizzard and storm, whenever the clamp of winter tightens around the mountains. --Jim Perrin, The Guardian, 1983
There is something of the struggle, hardship, and esoteric circumstances of winter that propel climbers into excelling themselves with the pen ... the great legends leap out at the reader, demanding to be climbed! --Kevin Mclane, Canadian Alpine Journal
Modern crampons allow climbers to front point , a vertical ballet form, up the sheerest ice wall. The boundary of what is now possible has inched away from what would once have been thought suicidal. A clear insight into this hostile world is given in Cold Climbs, an anthology of the miseries and triumphs of some 40 winter mountaineers. --Ronald Faux, The Times, 1983
About the Author
Ken Wilson was editor of Mountain magazine from 1969 until 1978 and owner of the outdoor publishing company Diadem from 1978 until 1989, when it was incorporated into Hodder & Stoughton. In 1993 Hodder downsized, and Ken set up the publishing house Baton Wicks. He has been publisher and author of many of the most important and famed outdoor books in the British climbing world, including the Hard Rock series: The Games Climbers Play, The Black Cliff, Cold Climbs, Wild, Classic and Big Walks, and others including, Argonauts of the Western Isles, Canoeing across Canada, and Run River Run. Ken is a member of the Climbers' Club, for which he edited the journal in 1976, and is intimately involved with the BMC, both as a volunteer and a critic. He is an Alpine Club member and an Honorary Member of the BMC.
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The pictures are inspiring and convey the bittersweet emotions and effort required in winter, to the point that flicking through it on a balmy summers day you start to long for the depths of winter to arrive. There's history from the first ascensionists and stories of epics. A great read and a great 'coffee table' book too.
As a piece of mountaineering history (especially Scottish) it is second to none
warned if it stimulates you to buy a couple of ice-axes and
a rope - winter climbing is far,far more dangerous than
rock-climbing in the summer.Get some expert tuition at a climbing club or at a dedicated training centre.
It takes years to learn how to climb in winter -
it is never safe to do so, no matter how experienced you are.
And you need to be very fit indeed.