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The Wild Within Hardcover – 1 Mar 2012

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Vertebrate Publishing; 2012 First Edition edition (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906148422
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906148423
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 736,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Simon Yates is an internationally acclaimed mountaineer, adventurer and author who first came to prominence in 1985 after the first ascent of the West Face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes and the ensuing epic descent described in Joe Simpson's book Touching the Void. In a prolific career spanning almost thirty years, Simon's climbing adventures have taken him west to east, from Alaska to Australia; and from north to south, from the Canadian Arctic to the tip of South America. He has climbed with many of Britain's leading mountaineers including Andy Cave, Mick Fowler, Andy Parkin, Paul Pritchard, Doug Scott, establishing many first ascents in the process. He is the author of two previous books: Against the Wall, and The Flame of Adventure, both released to critical acclaim and the former finishing as runner-up for the prestigious Boardman Tasker Prize. Simon lives in Cumbria with his wife, young son and daughter. When not writing and lecturing he runs his own expedition company, Mountain Dream.


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Simon Yates has come a long way since his adventure with Joe Simpson recounted in the latter's 'Touching the Void'. The legend started there and the docu-film added to the mystery surrounding the duo. Simpson went on to write his life in several very good books, but Simon Yates had limited himself to three. This one shows a sea change in his life and his priorities with a family to support and the higher mountains slipping from the radar.

However, 'The Wild Within' is the perfect tale of his last decade. Yates's response to his new circumstances has not been to shuffle off to an office to fade into the beige of tedious normality, but, with the support of a good partner, has made a living doing what he loves and has involved his children, where possible to join him. Instead of tutting under the brow of a wise old grandfather, I understood absolutely that he is giving his children the best start possible. He is doing something the rest of us could take notice of - expanding his youngsters' mind by allowing them to see the world, the wild world and this book is a joy to read. He manages to mix high adventure, family life, candid takes on the lecture circuit and the difficulty of making a permanent home in the village he loves.

He paints a wonderful picture of the remote Tierra del Fuego and his love of that part of the world. He shows how natural it is to place the world in front of one's children and allow them to enjoy what is there. After one long climb he staggers back to the yacht so necessary to travel near Cape Horn to be greeted with, "Hello stinky bum" - children keep your feet on the ground.

I admit to being a Simon Yates fan. I climbed with him in Scotland for one memorable week and he signed his first book, 'Against the Wall', for me.
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Remember this past decade? The ever accelerating development of electronic mass communication... foot and mouth... wars in the middle and far East? None of us can forget the incredible greedy and self-serving folk who've left our entire world in searing debt and financial difficulty. Its not just the West that's felt its impact.

I doubt I'll ever climb a mountain or see the wilderness surrounding it in the exotic places Simon encounters. I've known pristine snow in a wild place, crystalline and finger-freezing with beauty beyond description. We all witnessed it last year with our own heavy blanket of UK snow... those few moments where no footfall has left its mark and it's been full of wonder, before practicality stepped in! Most of us decided that moment was enough and we'd like to get back to 'normal'. Simon, well he's just passionate about these wild untouched places. He has the poet's ability to describe such scenes.

The third book describes 'his' decade, and its such a good read. Its definitely about climbing, but also details the real and complete man including life at home in the UK - and worldwide - with his young family; the logistics of his lecture tours, adventure trips when guiding groups, and of course his own climbing challenges - all of this done in between writing books!

There is great camaradarie in Simon's world and it shines through, whether it's meeting new acquaintances, negotiating with enablers [boats, planes etc], or with old friends. I guess practical people who are often faced by danger really know how to get on and get things done without procrastinating! They also know how to relax and enjoy life too.
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I have read both of Simon's other books and this one, is the best BY far! It is an excellent mixture of climbing adventures in obscure places,family life, and wry observations of our increasingly complex communications driven world. The book's strength lies in the way Simon manages to marry these all up. One minute you feel ensconsed in a snowy vast and beautiful wilderness, and then you have an anecdote about satellite phones and boilers breaking down! Very human, very warm and very funny, and well observed.
Even if you have never stepped foot upon a mountainside, you will love this book; and chuckle at Simon's observations of life in our instant communication driven world. The contrast of wilderness,and personal shines through. He has captured the balance of becoming a parent,and at the same time remaining true to himself, and family with sincerity. His quest for both discovery and zest for life, sustains this book and shines through. I found it an uplifting and invigorating read, mixed with some fine benchmarks for us to hang on to in this increasingly complex world.
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Keeps you engrossed,, shhows enterprising nature of Nepalese Sherpas nature to spread skills where ever difficulty columns exist there you will find the best Sheerpas their boss's and team

Who is the better climber, trail breaker, safety rope set
term,, load climber. Who carriend resTHE NEPAlESE SHERPA

SECOND IN KINE FOR POWER STRENGTH AND COURAGE IN BATTLE. IS THE GURKA.

Please worthy of mention are the. Pakistani, Indian and Chinese Cookies, all carry the least, moan the most and deserve least mention.
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