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THIN AIR: ENCOUNTERS IN THE HIMALAYA Greg Child 1988 1st US ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine-Fine Multiple Copies Available
By Child, Greg
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Utah, 1988, 1st edition. 192 pp, color illustrations. Hardcover with dust jacket. Jacket may be chipped. Near Fine to Fine.

Recounts expeditions to Shivling in the Garwhal, Lobsang Spire, Broad Peak and Gasherbrum IV. One of the best recent Himalayan books. 

Now known as one of the great Himalayan mountaineers, Greg Child started out as purely a big-wall climber, famous for his ascents in the Yosemite Valley. His reputation in the valley earned him his first invitation to the Himalayas to climb with an elite class of mountaineers. With eloquent prose, Child describes his first three Himalayan climbs and his transformation into the climber he is today.
 
Recipient of the 1987 American Alpine Club's Literary Award for excellence, Child chronicles three rigorous climbs he undertook on the Indian subcontinent in 1977, 1983, and 1986. In addition to a gripping personal narrative of one climber's physical, mental, and emotional triumphs and defeats, Child provides some political history and generally nonjudgmental observations on cultural, economic, and environmental conditions, as well as East-West differences.

* This classic established Child as one of the great mountaineering writers of our time * Describes Child's apprenticeship to such climbing legends as Doug Scott, Don Whillans, and Alan Rouse * Written with a keen eye for detail, a firm sense of drama and, of course, wit.

Climbing a Himalayan peak was the stuff of Greg Child's wildest dreams. Then in the late 1970s came a surprise berth on an expedition that was to define his career as a high-altitude mountaineer and transform him personally. A chronicle of his apprenticeship, Thin Air established Child as one of the great mountaineering writers of our time.

Thin Air is about the intensity of climbing on the edge day after day. It is about friendships and tragedies and the memories that linger for decades. Filled with humor, irony, and pathos, Thin Air touches us with the beauty of the Baltoro Glacier's landscape and encounters with the local people. It also paints portraits of legendary mountaineers Doug Scott, Don Whillans, Alan Rouse, and others.


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