Alpin­isme, la saga des in­ven­tions

Vertical (English) - - Euronews - Gilles Mod­ica, 256 pages. Alpin­isme, la saga des in­ven­tions. Édi­tions du Mont-Blanc,

This mag­nif­i­cent book re­counts the his­tory and de­vel­op­ment of moun­taineer­ing equip­ment which to­day is so com­mon­place that we hardly stop to con­sider it.The road to­wards tech­no­log­i­cal evo­lu­tion has been a long one, and the equip­ment used by Heck­mair on the north face of the Eiger in 1938 bore a closer re­sem­blance to the gear of the pi­o­neers than our own. Not only does this book chron­i­cle sig­nif­i­cant ad­vances in climb­ing ma­te­rial and tech­niques, it also re­counts the very story of moun­taineer­ing: very few leaps in moun­taineer­ing were un­ac­com­pa­nied by some im­prove­ment in equip­ment, and Gilles Mod­ica ex­cels in mar­ry­ing th­ese two as­pects. Com­plete with a lovely pref­ace by Ed­i­tor Cather­ine Des­tiv­elle, this is beau­ti­fully pre­sented book from Édi­tions du Mont-Blanc.

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