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ALPINISME: LA SAGA DES INVENTIONS [MOUNTAINEERING: THE SAGA OF MOUNTAINEERING GEAR INVENTIONS] Gilles Modica 2016 Large Format DJ Fine
By Modica, Gilles. Preface by Catherine Destivelle
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Chamonix, 2016. 256 pp, 500+ color and b/w photos. In French. This is the first book we have seen that traces this history, development and use of the major pieces of mountaineering equipment, from the earliest times to the present. Large-format hardcover, dust jacket, Fine.

This incredibly well-illustrated book has ten sections: Climbing boots and rock shoes; climbing ropes; Pitons and hardware; Ice Axes; Crampons; Climbing Packs; Lights; Clothing; Head gear and Helmets; Bivouac and sleeping gear.

As this book was written by a European, the gear used for Alpine climbing predominates, However, there is surprisingly good coverage of the inventions of Americans, especially Monsieur Chouinard.

A gloriously produced large format hardcover book that covers the subject well, is excellently illustrated and printed.

The following description is translated by google from the original French description.

The history of mountaineering is inseparable from the technique of the techniques that mark the conquest of altitude, from the little improvised tip to the most ergonomic, the best contoured, the most sophisticated.


Which weapon did Saussure use at the time of the ascension of Mont Blanc (1787), of which mountain sticks? Since when do we tie up the glaciers, the rock? What did the first crampons look like? Who invented the recall, this incomparable descent technique? What means have been devised for the bivouac? What does the piton quarrel mean?

In this book of learning and experience, the history of mountaineering unfolds like a saga.

Imagined by cunning inventors like Ulysses, the material keeps evolving.

Inventor to cross, inventor to come back, inventor to expand again and again the field of the possible, on the walls of snow, rock and ice.

This narrative, by its tender depth, touches the sensibility of everyone, so much the climbers as the admirers of the Alpe, or simply curious: ''These adventurers, how did they do? How are they doing today? ''

This book is large format and heavy so extra postage will be requested for Priority Mail or International Mail.

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