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HIGH ACHIEVER: THE LIFE AND CLIMBS OF CHRIS BONINGTON Jim Curran 1999 1st UK ed DJ Fine. Two copies available.
By Curran, Jim. Introduction by Reinhold Messner.
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London, 1999, 1st UK edition. 264 pp, color photos, climbing record, bibliography, index. A biography of Britain's best known and most successful Himalayan expedition climber, Chris Bonington. From his early hard Alpine routes to becoming Mr. Everest, Bonington has become a household name among climbers. 

The best-known mountaineer in Britain for almost fifty years, Sir Chris Bonington is still the public face of climbing. Through his books, lectures, and TV films, he's become a great ambassador for promoting every ascent in the mountain world. At 80+ years of age, this self-described climbaholic's passion and enthusiasm remain undiminished. Original cloth hardcover, dust jacket, Fine. Spine of dust jacket may be faded.

Despite his high profile, Bonington essentially remains a shy, complex man with many human failings. The man high up on the Eiger, Annapurna, and Everest is a leader frequently assailed by self-doubt and often devastated by the deaths of close friends.

High Achiever examines Bonington's deepest motives and reveals the joys and occasional despair of living a life at the limits of physical and mental experiences. The author, Jim Curran, is no stranger to climbing and mountaineering, and has escorted Chris Bonington on four Himalayan expeditions. Curran, in his easy-flowing but gripping style, reveals the mystery behind the life of Chris Bonington, through his pioneering approach to the Eiger, Annapurna and Mt. Everest.

The foreword by Reinhold Messner reveals, ''He has never been out for records. His personality is not to be measured by comparison with others. It is the sum of knowledge, suffering, character. Bonington has stature. He has earned his title.'' Curran reveals how Bonington's life has been far from simplistic from a failing school pupil and a distracted army officer to a world leader in his field. The course of his life has had as many ups and downs as the mountains he lives to climb.

High Achiever gives us a rare insight into Bonington's physical and emotional world; his drive and passion, the realization of his own insecurities and self-doubts. It is a must for anybody who loves the outdoor life, and Curran's portrayal of Bonington's unique character makes this an absorbing read.


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