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ALPINIST SILVO KARO: ROCK 'N' ROLL ON THE WALL 2020 1st English Language Edition SIGNED by Silvo Karo Multiple copies available
By Karo, Silvo
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Slovenia, 2020, 1st English Language edition. 304 pp, many color and b/w photos. New trade paperback (No hardcover was published.)
This book is IN ENGLISH!

Our copies are SIGNED by Silvo Karo on the title page. 



Climbing in each of the world's Mountain Ranges has a Golden Age, when the highest peaks are climbed, usually by the easiest and safest route. The harder routes are then next, and this is called the Silver Age. We are now in the Silver Age on most of the world's mountains, except for the Alps and most of North America where climbing had a half to full century head start. To live in that Silver Age you need expert and brave climbers, hard men (and now women too), who have found their metier by risking it all to live life at the fullest.

Slovenia seems to have more of the great  Silver Age climbers than a country of only 2 million has a right to. This is also true of other Eastern European countries such as Poland, for whom the 20th century was not a fun time. But one thing that Slovenians and her neighbors do have is a culture that breeds people who have only themselves to rely on, and who are exceeding the accomplishments of western Europeans who enjoyed the Golden Ages in the Alps, America and the 8000m Peaks of the Himalaya. 

That is where Silvo Karo comes from, and who he is. For forty years he has been at the top of the game, putting in extreme routes in the Julian Alps; Patagonia; the Indian Himalaya; the Dolomites; Karakoram; Greenland; and speed ascents in Yosemite.

Until now the best known Slovenian climber, to Americans, was Tomaz Humar. He climbed in the Himalaya and the Alps. Silvo has been at the top all this time, and his climbs have been documented in the AAJ and in  climbing magazines and websites. Bernadette McDonald his written books about them as well. It takes three pages in this book to list Silvo's most notable climbs.

This book came out in 2018 as Alpinist in Europe and was very well received. We are using the original title as it is better than the new one.

The Official Announcement of this book:

Alpinist Silvo Karo: Rock 'n' Roll on the Wall - the long-awaited autobiography of the major characters of the golden age of Slovenian mountaineering. He was led by the call of the mountains from the rural countryside to brutal Patagonian storms, vast Himalayan heights, radiant chimneys of the Karakorum granite, Greenland horizon, Indian monsoon, the Julian Alps and Yosemite precipices.

His mountaineering career was most marked by the great walls of Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre, Torre Egger and Bhagirathi, and the dedication, audacity, zeal, and sincere friendship that gave birth to the alliance of three musketeers - Silvo Karo, Francek Knez and Janez Jeglic-Johan. Juicy and experienced stories from extreme climbing, and the most fruitful period of Slovenian mountaineering... so far!



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