Alpine Ex­po­sures

Vertical (English) - - Euronews - Jon Grif­fith, Alpine Ex­po­sures, Ver­te­brate Pub­lish­ing, 286 pages.

Moun­taineer­ing ex­posed in ev­ery form in this mag­nif­i­cent book by Jon Grif­fith. For the last few years he has been among the most ac­tive alpin­ists in Cha­monix. He has climbed an in­cred­i­ble num­ber of routes of all lev­els, some routes in a new in­no­va­tive mixed style, or sim­ply trot­ting up ma­jor clas­sis with Ueli Steck. Quick and ef­fi­cient, Jon never leaves the ground with­out his cam­era, and the re­sults show: his unique style cap­tures the ac­tion with­out halt­ing it.The reader is right there with him on the key sec­tions of dif­fi­cult routes such as No Siesta, or on clas­sic routes such as the Kuffner ridge on Mont Mau­dit. We re­turn to the Char­moz-Grépon (of­ten pho­tographed), with the priv­i­lege of en­joy­ing those ex­cep­tional mo­ments where the light in­ten­si­fies the ac­tion, the hu­man pres­ence, al­ways mov­ing but frag­ile, some­what out of place in this im­mense and mag­i­cal uni­verse. Read­ers will never tire of flip­ping through the pages of this book, and per­haps some­day Jon will pub­lish a vol­ume ded­i­cated to his ex­pe­di­tions.The text is in English, French, and Ger­man.

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