Mini Re­views

Climbing - - BASECAMP - By Kevin Ri­ley

ALONE AT THE TOP

On Jan­uary 15, 2015, Min­nesotan Lon­nie Dupre sum­mit­ted Denali, be­com­ing the first climber to do so solo in Jan­uary. Dupre’s grip­ping book re­counts his swan song as he aged into his 50s, cap­ping off a life of cold ad­ven­tures ( first per­son to cir­cum­nav­i­gate Green­land, sum­mer ex­pe­di­tion to the North Pole). $ 18, mnhs.org

1,001 CLIMB­ING TIPS

Andy Kirk­patrick con­denses his years of moun­taineer­ing and big- wall ex­pe­ri­ence into easy- to-di­gest tips. The book’s eight cat­e­gories cover big- wall tech­niques, ice and mixed climb­ing, moun­tain travel, train­ing, and mis­cel­lany like pho­tog­ra­phy and spon­sor­ship. With jovial hu­mor, as well as pho­tos from his many ad­ven­tures, the book reads like a men­tor pass­ing on sage ad­vice at the vil­lage pub. £ 25, v- pub­lish­ing.co.uk

FALL OF HEAVEN

Rein­hold Mess­ner tells the story of Ed­ward Whym­per and his ob­ses­sion to sum­mit the Mat­ter­horn. Mess­ner writes in com­pre­hen­sive de­tail, in­clud­ing the story of Jean- An­toine Car­rel, a self­less moun­tain guide from Val­tour­nenche, who some­times climbed with Whym­per and be­came his main ri­val when Whym­per made his har­row­ing as­cent and tragic de­scent in 1865. Mess­ner con­trasts the two men’s styles— il­lu­mi­nat­ing the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties a climber must ac­cept, both on and off the moun­tain. $ 20, moun­taineers­books.org

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