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GREAT ASCENTS: A NARRATIVE HISTORY OF MOUNTAINEERING Eric Newby 1977 1st ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine
By Newby, Eric
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New York, 1977, 1st edition. 208 pp, b/w and color photos. Hardcover with dust jacket. Near Fine.

Great stories of mountaineering history: Mont Blanc and the Alps, The Eiger, Turkey, New Zealand, USA and Canada and the Himalaya and Karakoram. The book is divided by mountains: The Eigerwand, Mount Ararat, Mount Cook Aconcagua, Mount McKinley, The Karakoram, the first attempt on Everest, Nanga Parbat, etc. 

Eric Newby, who has considerable credibility as an entertaining traveler, has written a wonderful set of brief vignettes on some of the more important ascents in Mountaineering. Each essay provides a succinct and uplifting description, along with enough pictures to bring joyfulness if you have been there, or if you wish you had. If you have climbed in Europe and it's kind of nice to know who went before you. For example, the author's unique essay on Tschingel of the Alps, a brave dog who took part in the Golden Age of Mountaineering, is worth the book's price. The author documents the story well and tells it with tenderness and appreciation - the mountains have brought gifts to others besides humans. The story will probably bring a tear to the eye of anyone who has ever seen the enjoyment a mountain hike can bring to a beloved pet.
 

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