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CLOSE CALLS: CLIMBING MISHAPS AND NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCES John Long 1999 1st ed New Paperback
By Long, John, with cartoons by Tami Knight
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Montana, 1999, 1st edition. 170 pp, b/w illustrations. New paperback.

An excellent collection of 68 terrifying and heart-stopping true climbing scenarios, told in the inimitable style that has made Long the master of climbing literature. John Long's narrative style shines in this lighthearted survey of desperate climbing situations. Many climbing writers take themselves so seriously that their writing becomes too pedantic to relate to actual climbing practice.
 
Close Calls uses humor to bridge the gap between diligence and epic, and gets meaningful lessons across in the midst of the goofiness. Tami Knight's distinctive caricatures add a hysterically funny dimension, with such narrative accuracy that most of the illustrations make it hard to concentrate on the writing. This collection would be a welcome addition to any climber's library. 

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