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 United States Postal Service   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 #: BK6109-308
ALPINE WARRIORS: [SLOVENIAN CLIMBERS IN THE HIMALAYA] Bernadette McDonald 2015 1st ed Hardcover DJ New
By McDonald, Bernadette
Price: $34.95


Add to wish list


Detailed Product Description
Canada, 2015, 1st edition. 335 pp, photos. Although Yugoslavia managed to avoid becoming involved in WWII until 1941, German armies invaded in April of that year and the Yugoslavian defense collapsed in less than two weeks. The state of Slovenia was split up amongst Germany, Hungary and Italy.

Partisan groups, under the leadership of Josip Tito, managed to liberate the state by 1945, and then began a period of relative calm, under the benevolent rule of Tito. A Communist, he began to distance himself from the Soviet Union, looking to western economic models as Yugoslavia struggled to rebuild. During the thirty years following the war, a Yugoslavian passport was one of the best in the world, and Yugoslavians could travel freely during this time, if they had the money. Most did not.

But Alpinists did. Through centralized government programs that established elaborate training régimes and state-supported expeditions abroad, Yugoslavian alpinists began making impressive climbs in the Himalaya as early as 1960. By the early 70’s, they had advanced to the 8000ers. Although not exclusively Slovenian, the teams were – not surprisingly – dominated by Slovenian climbers, since Slovenia is blessed with the Julian Alps. A fiercely steep range of limestone peaks, the Julian Alps provided the ideal training ground for Slovenian climbers, in both summer and winter. The brooding north faces and razor-sharp ridges taught them the skills they would need on the highest mountains on earth – the Himalaya.

But when Tito died in 1980, the calm period ended. Inter-ethnic conflict and economic decline ripped the country apart. Serbian Communist leader, Slobodan Miloševic, led the charge with, what appeared to be an unstoppable strategy of aggression and oppression. But he misread the strength and character of several Yugoslavian states, including that most northerly one – Slovenia. By the summer of 1991, Slovenia was an independent country.

Slovenia continued the tradition of support for climbers, and success breeds success. By 1995, all of the 8000ers had been climbed by Slovenian teams. And in the next ten years, some of the most dramatic and futuristic climbs were made by Slovenian climbers. Apart from a few superstars, most of these amazing athletes remain unknown in the West.

What prompted this Himalayan performance by a tiny nation of just two million people? Life in Slovenia during this period was defined by shortages, preoccupation with ethnic conflict and poor living conditions. Yet, like had previously happened in Poland, its neighbor to the North, Slovenian climbers seemed to thrive and excel in these trying conditions, setting standards that no other country could replicate. Hard Climb to Freedom explores the explosion of Slovenian alpinism within the context of its turbulent political history. New hardcover with Dust Jacket.

About the Author

Bernadette McDonald is the author of nine books on mountaineering and mountain culture. She has received numerous mountain writing awards, including Italy’s ITAS Prize for mountain writing (2010), and is a two-time winner of India’s Kekoo Naoroji Award for mountain literature (2008 and 2009).

In 2011, Bernadette’s book Freedom Climbers won the Grand Prize at the Banff Mountain Book Festival (Canada), the Boardman Tasker Prize (UK), and the American Alpine Club’s H. Adams Carter Literary Award. She has also received the Alberta Order of Excellence (2010), the Summit of Excellence Award from The Banff Centre (2007), the King Albert Award for international leadership in the field of mountain culture and environment (2006), and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal (2002).

Founding vice-president of Mountain Culture at The Banff Centre and director of the Banff Mountain Festivals for twenty years, Bernadette was born in Saskatchewan but has lived in the mountains all of her adult life. She divides her time between Naramata, British Columbia, and Banff, Alberta.
 

Other Items You Might Like

  • Similar Items Available
  • Items From This Author
  • Items From This Category
BROTHERHOOD OF THE ROPE: THE BIOGRAPHY OF CHARLES HOUSTON SIGNED by Charles S. Houston and Bernadette McDonald WITH K2 DVD
By: McDonald, Bernadette
Price $175.00 ~ Regular $250.00, You Save $75.00 (30%)
- Item # BK2183C-308
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
BROTHERHOOD OF THE ROPE: THE BIOGRAPHY OF CHARLES HOUSTON WITH K2 DVD 2007 1st edition Hardcover New SIGNED by Charles S Houston, Dee Molenaar, Thomas Hornbein and Bernadette McDonald
By: McDonald, Bernadette
Price $250.00
- Item # OP7183AB-374
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
BROTHERHOOD OF THE ROPE: THE BIOGRAPHY OF CHARLES HOUSTON Bernadette McDonald 2007 1st edition Hardcover (no DJ issued) New With K2 DVD
By: McDonald, Bernadette
Price $44.95 ~ Regular $49.95, You Save $5.00 (10%)
- Item # OP2183AB-677
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
TOMAZ HUMAR: A BIOGRAPHY Bernadette McDonald 2008 1st UK Hardcover edition
By: McDonald, Bernadette
Price $19.95 ~ Regular $49.95, You Save $30.00 (60%)
- Item # BK2247-1212
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
JAPANESE ALPINE NEWS VOLUME 16 2015
By: Japanese Alpine Club, Nakamura, Tomatsu, editor.
Price $34.95
- Item # J20L
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ACCIDENTS IN NORTH AMERICAN MOUNTAINEERING 2016 Multiple copies available
By: American Alpine Club
Price $4.99
- Item # ANAM2016-2987
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
MERSEYSIDE MOUNTAINEERS AND EXPLORERS Mcdonald, Allan 2011 1st UK ed Softcover As New 2 Copies Available SIGNED by Allan Mcdonald
By: Mcdonald, Allan
Price $9.99 ~ Regular $37.95, You Save $27.96 (74%)
- Item # BK2528-8512
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
CLIMBING: TRAINING FOR PEAK PERFORMANCE Soles 2008 New 2nd edition
By: Soles, Clyde
Price $18.95 ~ Regular $20.00, You Save $1.05 (5%)
- Item # BK2173
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
CALCULATED RISK [A Novel] Dougal Haston 1980 2nd UK prtg Hardcover DJ Fine
By: Haston, Dougal
Price $14.99 ~ Regular $50.00, You Save $35.01 (70%)
- Item # OP184-129
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE BROOM OF GOD: A NOVEL OF PATAGONIA John Bragg 2015 1st ed New Paperback
By: Bragg, John
Price $16.95
- Item # BK3421-789
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
BROTHERHOOD OF THE ROPE: THE BIOGRAPHY OF CHARLES HOUSTON SIGNED by Charles S. Houston and Bernadette McDonald WITH K2 DVD
By: McDonald, Bernadette
Price $175.00 ~ Regular $250.00, You Save $75.00 (30%)
- Item # BK2183C-308
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
TOMAZ HUMAR: A BIOGRAPHY Bernadette McDonald 2008 1st UK Hardcover edition
By: McDonald, Bernadette
Price $19.95 ~ Regular $49.95, You Save $30.00 (60%)
- Item # BK2247-1212
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
BROTHERHOOD OF THE ROPE: THE BIOGRAPHY OF CHARLES HOUSTON Bernadette McDonald 2007 1st edition Hardcover (no DJ issued) New With K2 DVD
By: McDonald, Bernadette
Price $44.95 ~ Regular $49.95, You Save $5.00 (10%)
- Item # OP2183AB-677
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
BROTHERHOOD OF THE ROPE: THE BIOGRAPHY OF CHARLES HOUSTON WITH K2 DVD 2007 1st edition Hardcover New SIGNED by Charles S Houston, Dee Molenaar, Thomas Hornbein and Bernadette McDonald
By: McDonald, Bernadette
Price $250.00
- Item # OP7183AB-374
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
BRADFORD WASHBURN: MOUNTAIN PHOTOGRAPHY 2001 2nd prtg New Hardcover DJ SIGNED by Bradford Washburn
By: Washburn, Bradford
Price $199.99 ~ Regular $275.00, You Save $75.01 (27%)
- Item # BK1642-135
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
CLOUDS FROM BOTH SIDES Julie Tullis 1987 1st US ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine
By: Tullis, Julie
Price $19.95
- Item # OP103D-420
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
BRADFORD WASHBURN: MOUNTAIN PHOTOGRAPHY 2001 2nd prtg New Hardcover DJ SIGNED by Bradford Washburn
By: Washburn, Bradford
Price $199.99 ~ Regular $275.00, You Save $75.01 (27%)
- Item # BK1642-135
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ASCENT: TWO LIVES EXPLORED 1986 1st US ed Hardcover DJ Fine Multiple Copies Available SIGNED by Edmund Hillary
By: Hillary, Edmund and Peter
Price $29.99 ~ Regular $59.95, You Save $29.96 (50%)
- Item # OP139-7325
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
SOLO: DER ALLEINGANGER; UELI STECK - EINE NAHAUFNAHME [SOLO: THE ENTRY ALONE; UELI STECK - A CLOSE-UP] Gabriella Baumann-von Arx 2006 Hardcover DJ New
By: Steck, Ueli and Gabriella Baumann-von Arx
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $30.00, You Save $25.01 (83%)
- Item # BK3431-614
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ARABIAN SANDS 1959 1st US edition Hardcover with Dust Jacket SIGNED by Wilfred Thesiger
By: Thesiger, Wilfred
Price $199.00 ~ Regular $450.00, You Save $251.00 (56%)
- Item # OP39-471
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
BEYOND THE FACE: CHARACTERS OF CLIMBING: PHOTOS AND INTERVIEWS WITH 39 GREAT SPORT AND ROCK CLIMBERS Heiko Wilhelm 2016 1st ed Hardcover DJ New
By: Wilhelm, Heiko (Photos), Ben Lepasant, Stewart Watson, Tim Hatch
Price $29.95 ~ Regular $79.95, You Save $50.00 (63%)
- Item # BK4173-583
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
MOUNTAINS AND A SHORE: A JOURNEY TROUGH SOUTHERN TURKEY Michael Pereira 1966 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine
By: Pereira, Michael
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $20.00, You Save $15.01 (75%)
- Item # OP2837-560
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
BEYOND THE SUMMIT: SETTING AND SURPASSING EXTRAORDINARY BUSINESS GOALS 2003 1st ed Hardcover DJ New SIGNED by Todd Skinner
By: Skinner, Todd
Price $49.00 ~ Regular $125.00, You Save $76.00 (61%)
- Item # OP2077AB-334
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
DOCTOR ON EVEREST Peter Steele 1972 2nd Imp or Reader's Union ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine 3 copies available
By: Steele, Peter
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $45.00, You Save $40.01 (89%)
- Item # OP20A-9373
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart