Chris Bon­ing­ton Moun­taineer: A Life­time of Climb­ing the Great Moun­tains of the World

Chris Bon­ing­ton

Trail (UK) - - Base Camp - Re­view by Sarah Ryan

Read­ing this book is a bit like tak­ing a walk down mem­ory lane with an old, beloved friend. Sit­ting in their front room with a cup of tea on the go, as they get the box of tatty old photos out and tell you about all the times way back when. Way back when… I aided a desperate res­cue on the north wall of the Eiger (then made a first as­cent on it); when I sat out a stormy Alpine bivouac with only a light down jacket and a poly bag; when I led a team on a first as­cent of the south­west face of Ever­est… Yep, your old mate on this wist­ful jour­ney is none other than Sir Chris Bon­ing­ton, one of the most ac­com­plished climbers in the world, and his life story reads like a mod­ern his­tory of climb­ing. The book is full of pho­to­graphs from the Fifties and Six­ties to the present. Tales of epics, first as­cents and re­treats are told with sim­plic­ity and straight­for­ward­ness, a clear aware­ness of what was at stake, ac­cep­tance of the risks and ut­ter com­mit­ment to the rea­sons why. This re­vised edi­tion has five ex­tra chap­ters and over 500 pho­to­graphs and traces a life­time of ex­tra­or­di­nary chal­lenge and dis­cov­ery. This is a life lived for climb­ing and the moun­tains, and if you have an in­ter­est in ei­ther of those things, it be­longs on your book­shelf. Or even bet­ter, in your hands, with that cup of tea.

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