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The Shining Mountain by [Boardman, Peter, Bonington, Chris]
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Describes the adventures of Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker on their expedition to climb a mountain in the Himalayas.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2205 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Vertebrate Digital (1 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FIP8Z4K
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,456 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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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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Loved this book, I became addicted to mountaineering books a few months ago even though I've only ever done a bit of very tame hillwalking, what amazes me with so many of these books is the quality of the writing. In a nutshell inspiring, exciting and breath-taking.
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very dull and uninteresting read,i was disappointed ,it did,nt help that they did not seem to click as a climbing partnership with long periods of silence between them and very little humour which I think is needed for 2 guys to get along for so long on a climbing expedition
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