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The Shining Mountain by [Boardman, Peter]
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About the Author

Peter Boardman was born on Christmas Day in 1950 and became one of Britain's most-respected high altitude mountaineers. He was a mountaineering instructor at Glenmore Lodge in the Cairngorms, and National Officer of the British Mountaineering Council before being appointed Director of the International School of Mountaineering in Leysin, Switzerland. He was part of Chris Bonington's 1975 Everest expedition, made an almost impossibly difficult ascent of Changabang with Joe Tasker in 1976 and went on to climb Kangchenjunga and to attempt to summit K2, being beaten back by poor weather and exhaustion. Mount Kongur followed in 1981 and, in March 1982, in a small expedition with Chris Bonington, Joe Tasker and Dick Renshaw, he attempted the previously unclimbed and highly difficult North East Ridge of Everest, where he and Joe Tasker tragically lost their lives. Peter and Joe left two legacies. One was their great endeavour, their climbs on high peaks with bold, lightweight innovative methods, the second and more lasting achievement is the books they wrote and left behind. Peter's talent for writing emerged through his climbing career. The success of his first book The Shining Mountain was immediate in the climbing world and won him wider acclaim with the John Llewelyn Rhys Memorial Prize for literature in 1979. Sacred Summits, published shortly after his death, described the climbing year of 1979, the trips to New Guinea, Kangchenjunga and Gaurisankar.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2206 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Vertebrate Digital (1 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FIP8Z4K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #144,045 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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One of the best mountaineering books I've read, and I've read a few! Articulates the reason that 'true' mountaineers do what they do, and why they risk all. Shame he was lost so early, he was one if the greats.
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This has got to be my favourite Non Disater mountaineering novel ever (Touching the Void is the best). It focus on Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker summit of the mountain Changabang in the Himalayas. This is a classic book and should be read by all Armchair Mountaineers. Forget horrible disasters story this is a good tale of a successful summit and a epic struggle between good friends.
"A Impossible Climb Two Men Against"
Although the book is about the successful ascent, it always makes me feel sad when i read it. At their time of writing it would be only be 4 years before both Joe and Pete would die on Everest. This fact is always in your mind when reading Pete's account in first person. and can be quite upsetting to think about.
But this is just my personal thought and shouldn't be taken into account that this is an amazing book and should by anyone who considers themselves a mountaineer!
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This was probably the first mountaineering book that described a stripped down Alpine style expedition with a stripped down style that avoided a lot of the "expedition" stuff that had been popular up till then so we do not have exhaustive lists of equipment, loads of stuff about putting the expedition together and potted descriptions of the careers of the protagonists. Nothing wrong with that of course but as a stylistic change this book and those that followed by Boardman and Joe Tasker before their untimely deaths surely opened the door for the likes of Jon Krakauer, Joe Simpson and the like to provide exciting, direct narratives and also to show that they could put down on paper their actual feelings and thoughts in a much more honest way. As such this book is very valuable however there are for me a few editorial issues that if it were written now would surely have been avoided. It's a bit stilted at times, sometimes when Joe Tasker's thoughts are being recorded this is not always made clear and there is not a lot of analysis, it's the bare bones of the story and not much else. However this story is in itself quite a humdinger and the tragedies that accompanied other expeditions nearby are brilliantly described and Boardman's feelings are very well expressed here. It should be noted that of course this was Boardman's first book so we should allow a bit of leeway here and welcome the book that possibly did most to change the look of mountain literature.
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Sadly neither guys no longer with us & you wonder what else they would have achieved. Great read about sheer courage & strength of mind.
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A mountain of a climb and strangely poetice view of the challenge they faced. A book that manages to get across the hardships of a climb, the drive of the climbers and their personal thoughts and feelings, while allowing you to feel the cold, lack of comfort and at times painstakingly slow progress up a seemingly impossible face. A great acheievmenet on every level.
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Probably the best mountaineering book ever written. It rolls like a thriller film, showing the motivation of the pair as they tackle a dersperate figth to reach their goal. The chapter on the hammocks vivouacs is so gripping you feel the strain of the desperate fight even in your armchair with a whisky besides. My hommage to two great, gone climbers.
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If you like mountaineering stories then you will enjoy this one. Peter Boardman gives a very graphic and intimate view of these adventures which keeps the reader wandering what's on the next page. there is an element of suspense in places where you have to hold your breath. He is not as good as Jo Simpson but is well worth a read.
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I remember reading this a long time ago and the memory stayed with me.The paperback copy I read was so well-thumbed that it was beginning to disintegrate: who knows how many of my climbing acquaintances had passed it hand to hand.
When I saw that it was available second hand I jumped at the chance to buy it. It is a wonderful, gripping account of an expedition that still seems incredible. The honesty and authenticity of the writing, particularly in relation to the exploration of the intensity of the relationship between the two climbers, make this an absorbing read. Highly recommended.
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