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Himalaya Alpine Style: The Most Challenging Routes on the Highest Peaks Hardcover – 1 Mar 1996
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The book is magnificently produced, with excellent photographs and maps. The selection of mountains and routes is representative for what has happened in the Himalayas during the past three decades. This is not a guidebook. Rather it gives us a broad historical overview of the experiences with Alpine tactics in the Greater Ranges.
I would recommend this book to anyone having an interest to climb in the Himalayas. It is much more representative of what Himalayan climbing is about than the scores of self-aggrandizing, pseudo-tragic Everest accounts now claiming all the 'Climbing' section shelf space in high street bookshops.
It is a great book with loads of info on many different great routes done in the only proper style, i.e. alpine style. There are many references to the original articles, if you ever plan to have some expeditions to the area described in the book, as well as more general references to books of the first ascents of the mountains described and it that respect very resourceful.
Also, I think it is one of the virtues that the book is not written in an overpassionate, and boosting manner as most autobiographic books, but rather describes in a very admiring way the great achievments of extreme alpinism in the Himalaya.
If you want to know more about the greatest achievments in Alpine climbing in recent years this book does give you a great overview of some of the most facinating (and craziest) climbs.
I agree that some of the maps are not very good and that there could have been more depth in the description of the climbs, but the references should help someone wanting some more info.