Chessler Books
Rock Climbing - Mountaineering - Exploration
New - Used - Collectible - Signed
Chessler Books Accepts PAYPAL Chessler Books Accepts VISA Chessler Books Accepts MASTERCARD Chessler Books Accepts DISCOVER CARD Chessler Books Accepts AMERICAN EXPRESS
All Orders Shipped via USPS.   Your Order Will Ship Within 2 Business Days!  Chessler Books Ships Via USPS
Author:
Title:
Keyword:
Item #:
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M Mc N O P Q
R S T U V W X Y Z
Item #: BK587-5851
DOWNWARD BOUND: A MAD! GUIDE TO ROCK CLIMBING. Warren Harding SIGNED by Royal Robbins 1990 Paperback New Multiple copies available.
By Harding, Warren 'Batso'
Price: $34.95

List Price: $125.00
You Save $90.05 (72%)


Add to wish list


Detailed Product Description


Downward Bound is Warren Harding's off-beat and inventive climbing classic. Harding gives readers an introduction to climbing and recounts his first ascents of the Nose and the Wall of the Early Morning Light on El Capitan in Yosemite Valley.

The introduction to rock climbing and big walls is farcical. The tales of his ascents are vivid. And throughout he strives to return some of the fun to climbing through humorous story telling of the climbing culture of the 60s and 70s. Downward Bound is a testament to the rebellious and magnetic Batso.

Excerpt: Why do people climb? How the hell do I know? Answers to this perennial question range from Mallory’s rather facetious (I think) “Because it’s there” to (again) Mallory’s enigmatic “If you ask the question, there can be no answer.”

Personally, I dig another version of Mallory’s statement. Like, “We climb because it’s there and we’re mad!” How else could you explain freezing your ass off, battling heat and thirst, scaring yourself to death just to get up some rock face or mountain peak. Rock climbing is especially questionable in this respect. In basic mountain climbing the object is to reach the summit by any or the easiest route possible. In rock climbing it’s not really necessary to reach a summit; the game seems to amount to finding the most difficult ways of getting nowhere.



SIGNED by Royal Robbins.  There is irony in having a copy signed by Robbins, as Harding and Robbins had differences about climbing style and ethics, back when  those 'rules' were first being worked out. Harding uses some satire about Robbins in the book. But in the end they became friends.

1990, 2nd edition. 197 pp, photos, ills. A rock climbing classic, as funny and relevant today as when written 20 years ago. Paperback. New condition. Multiple copies available.

This book is a combination of instruction, satire, and autobiography. Harding (1924-2002) is best known for his first ascent of El Capitan in Yosemite, the pioneering ascent of the Nose route with numerous partners, in 1958. He also made the controversial first ascent of El Capitan's Wall of the Early Morning Light in 1970, a climb that attracted national press attention.

The majority of this book is about Harding's early climbing days in Yosemite with focus on the first ascent of the Nose and the first ascent of the Wall of the Early Morning Light. Anecdotes abound in connection with Harding's contemporary climbers in the Valley: Royal Robbins, T.M. Herbert, Yvon Chouinard, Don Lauria, Chuck Pratt, Galen Rowell, etc.

The book closes with an tongue in cheek appendix where Harding rates these and other climbers (61 total) on a scale of 1 to 10, and presents his reasons plus some biographical notes on each climber.


Other Items You Might Like

  • Similar Items Available
  • Items From This Author
  • Items From This Category
EL CAPITAN: HISTORIC FEATS AND RADICAL ROUTES Daniel Duane 2000 1st edition DJ New MULTIPLE COPIES AVAILABLE
By: Duane, Daniel.
Price $2.99 ~ Regular $24.00, You Save $21.01 (88%)
- Item # BK402E-1226
View Details
Add To Cart
EL CAPITAN: HISTORIC FEATS AND RADICAL ROUTES Daniel Duane 200 1st ed SIGNED 7! by Royal Robbins, Allen Steck, Steve Roper, Pete Takeda, Lynn Hill, John Middendorf, Tom Frost. MULTIPLE COPIES AVAILABLE
By: Duane, Daniel
Price $100.00
- Item # BK402C-1226
View Details
Add To Cart
CAMP 4: RECOLLECTIONS OF A YOSEMITE ROCKCLIMBER. Steve Roper 1994 1st edition SIGNED by Royal Robbins, Jim Bridwell, Glen Denny MULTIPLE COPIES AVAILABLE
By: Roper, Steve
Price $45.00
- Item # BK1297A-1210
View Details
Add To Cart
THE GOLDEN AGE: MY LIFE VOL 3 SIGNED by Royal Robbins 2012 MULTIPLE COPIES AVAILABLE
By: Robbins, Royal
Price $44.95
- Item # BK3335
View Details
Add To Cart
MOUNTAIN LOVER Dennis Gray 1990 1st UK ed DJ As New. Multiple copies available.
By: Gray, Dennis
Price $8.99 ~ Regular $35.00, You Save $26.01 (74%)
- Item # OP542-567
View Details
Add To Cart
ADVANCED ROCKCRAFT SIGNED by Royal Robbins (Few left)
By: Robbins, Royal
Price $74.95
- Item # BK239
View Details
Add To Cart
EL CAPITAN: HISTORIC FEATS AND RADICAL ROUTES Duane 2000 1st ed DJ SIGNED by Jim Bridwell and Royal Robbins
By: Duane, Daniel
Price $45.00 ~ Regular $75.00, You Save $30.00 (40%)
- Item # BK402G
View Details
Add To Cart
THE CLIMBING ART MAGAZINE
By: THE CLIMBING ART MAGAZINE Pat Ament
Price $3.00
- Item # JR156
View Details
Add To Cart
A CLIMBER'S GUIDE TO GLACIER POINT APRON Bruce Morris 1981 Multiple copies available
By: Morris, Bruce
Price $15.00 ~ Regular $45.00, You Save $30.00 (67%)
- Item # OPG63
View Details
Add To Cart
CAMP 4: RECOLLECTIONS OF A YOSEMITE ROCKCLIMBER. SIGNED by 8-9: Bridwell, Kor, Roper, Steck, Robbins, Frost, Middendorf, Takeda, Denny
By: Roper, Steve.
Price $125.00 ~ Regular $350.00, You Save $225.00 (64%)
- Item # BK1297B
View Details
Add To Cart
Sorry, we were unable find any similar items available by this author.


THE EVEREST ADVENTURE; STORY OF THE SECOND INDIAN EXPEDITION John Dias 1965 1st ed DJ Fine
By: Dias, Major John
Price $15.00 ~ Regular $75.00, You Save $60.00 (80%)
- Item # OP957-679
View Details
Add To Cart
EXPLORATION OF ALASKA 1865-1900
By: Sherwood, Morgan.
Price $15.00
- Item # BK1422
View Details
Add To Cart
WINGS OVER DENALI: A PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY OF AVIATION IN DENALI NATIONAL PARK Bruce McAllister 2005 1st edition
By: McAllister, Bruce
Price $29.95
- Item # BK2006
View Details
Add To Cart
SENSATION SEEKING TENDENCY IN MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS: A 20TH CENTURY PHENOMENON Athiqul Laskar 2000 1st edition
By: Laskar, Athiqul H.
Price $9.95 ~ Regular $49.95, You Save $40.00 (80%)
- Item # BK2030-1212
View Details
Add To Cart
MOUNTAIN LOVER Dennis Gray 1990 1st UK ed DJ As New. Multiple copies available.
By: Gray, Dennis
Price $8.99 ~ Regular $35.00, You Save $26.01 (74%)
- Item # OP542-567
View Details
Add To Cart
WAR ABOVE THE CLOUDS: SIACHEN GLACIER Martin Sugarman 1996 New large paperback
By: Sugarman, Martin A.
Price $49.95
- Item # BK1507
View Details
Add To Cart
NANGA PARBAT 8125M Arno Puskas 1974 1st ed slipcase DJ Fine
By: Puskas, Arno; photos by Ivan Urbanovic
Price $15.00 ~ Regular $45.00, You Save $30.00 (67%)
- Item # OP2988-524
View Details
Add To Cart
REGIONS OF THE HEART: THE TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY OF ALISON HARGREAVES Ed Douglas & David Rose 1999 1st UK ed DJ As New
By: Douglas, Ed and David Rose
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $35.00, You Save $30.01 (86%)
- Item # OP7395-679
View Details
Add To Cart
CLIMBING FOR CAUSES: A PERSONAL STORY Nick B. Comande 2004 1st ed DJ
By: Comande, Nick B.
Price $24.95
- Item # BK2561
View Details
Add To Cart
DIE AIGUILLES VON CHAMONIX [THE AIGUILLES CHAMONIX] Henri Isselin 1964, 1st ed Chipped DJ, book Fine.
By: Isselin, Henri
Price $4.99
- Item # OP2667-679
View Details
Add To Cart