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NO PICNIC ON MOUNT KENYA Felice Benuzzi 1989 3rd UK ed Hardcover DJ Fine
By Benuzzi, Felice
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UK, Patrick Stephens, 1989, 3rd edition. 231 pp, mapped end papers.
Black cloth hardcover with dust jacket. Fine condition.

Many people consider this one of the greatest of all climbing stories. Benuzzi, an Italian prisoner during WWII, escaped from a POW camp to climb Mt. Kenya! In 1943, Felice Benuzzi and two Italian compatriots escaped from a British POW camp in equatorial East Africa with only one goal in mind - to climb the dangerous seventeen-thousand-foot Mount Kenya. Leaving a written 'parole' declaring they would return in two weeks, Benuzzi and two companions nearly scaled Mount Kenya on stolen rations, and improvised climbing equipment. Once done, they broke back into their camp to surrender! An extraordinary tale of war and mountaineering. 
 
Benuzzi was a junior officer in the Italian Colonial Service, stationed in Addis Ababa, when he, along with thousands of other Italians, was captured and interned in a POW camp near the foot of Mount Kenya, where he and his countrymen languished indefinitely, waiting out the war and the desperate boredom, passivity, and isolation of prison life.
 
Benuzzi and two fellow prisoners spent six months secretly hoarding food; sewing clothing, shoes, and tents, and scavenging for scrap metal to hammer into ice axes and crampons. After escaping, they braved the multiple risks of capture, wild animals (including elephants and rhinoceros), starvation, frigid weather, and some of the most challenging climbing conditions in Africa.
 
The men ascended 16,300 feet to Mount Kenya's Point Lenana, hoisted a homemade flag, and then returned to the misery of the camp. Benuzzi and his comrades never cared that their freedom was fleeting: they climbed Mount Kenya to reaffirm their humanity in the face of a barbaric world war.

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