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I CHOSE TO CLIMB Chris Bonington 1966 1st UK ed DJ Near Fine SIGNED by Chris Bonington, with Ephemera
By Bonington, Chris
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Chris Bonington signing books with Michael Chessler in attendance.


This book is signed by Chris Bonington on the title page.

London, Gollancz, 1966, 1st UK edition. 208 pp, 40 illustrations. Chris' first book: the 1st British ascent of the Eiger Nordwand with Harlin and Haston, and the Annapurna South Face expedition. Hardcover, dust jacket has a faded spine as happens to all copies of this book. Otherwise the DJ is unchipped and not price clipped. Book is near bright and Fine.

First editions of Bonington's first book are uncommon, especially with a decent dust jacket.

Also included is some ephemera: two programs from Chris Bonington's lectures, one on the first British ascent of the Eiger north wall; one on his first ascent of the Central Tower of Paine in Patagonia.

Both programs are single sheets folded to form a mini booklet. Both programs are slightly worn, but no chips and almost no soiling, both are Near Fine.

Chris Bonington captures the highlights of his formative years of climbing from when he started as a London schoolboy at the age of sixteen to the first major expedition he led to climb the huge South Face of Annapurna in 1970 – at the time probably the hardest big face in the Himalayas.

He covers his discovery of rock climbing with the basic gear of the fifties, early forays into Scotland, then on to the Alps with his attempts and final success to be first Briton to climb the notorious North Wall of the Eiger and make the first ascent of The Central Pillarof Freney on the South side of Mont Blanc.

He tells of some of the great characters of British mountaineering –Hamish MacInnes, Don Whillans, Tom Patey and many more. He describes his early Himalayan climbs to Annapurna II and Nuptse in the early sixties when Nepal was still undeveloped and goes on his adventures a sa photo journalist culminating in the first ever descent of the Blue Nile.
 
 


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