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ROCS NATURE CATHERINE DESTIVELLE [Mostly USA] Catherine Destivelle Gerard Kosicki 1991 1st edition Large hardcover
By Destivelle, Catherine and Gerard Kosicki
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Paris, 1991, 1st edition. 127 pp, 100+ color photos, some double page. In French. Large format hardcover with Dust Jacket, Fine. 

This book is large and heavy so we may request extra postage for Media Mail, Priority Mail or International Mail. 

This book has text in French, however, it is clearly more of a photo book and as such the captions will tell you enough for identification. There are only a few pages of actual text content. 

In 1991 Catherine was at the apex of her career, as was the photographer Gerard Kosicki. About half the book was shot at rock climbing areas in the USA: Areas visited include Indian Creek Utah, Moses Tower Utah, El Capitan Yosemite, Mali, Fremont Canyon Wyoming, Corsica, Thailand, Bonatti Pillar on the Dru solo, Trango Tower, Red Rocks Nevada, Peak District UK, Arches Utah, Colorado, Chamonix, Verdon, etc. 

Catherine Destivelle (b July 1960) is a French rock climber and mountaineer. In 1992 she became the first woman to complete a solo ascent of the Eiger's north face. She completed the climb in winter in 17 hours. Her other notable climbs include the Bonatti Route on the north face of the Matterhorn and the southwest pillar of the Aiguille du Dru (the Bonatti Pillar). Destivelle has been the subject of several documentaries.

Notable climbs of Catherine Destivelle: (From Wikipedia)

During her competition years, Destivelle was one of the world's best female sport climbers.

1983 La Dudule, Saussois, France (third female 7a)
1985 Pichenibule, Verdon, France (third female 7b+)
1985 Fleur de Rocaille, Mouris, France (first female 7c+/8a)
1988 Rve de Papillon, Buoux, France (fourth female 8a)
1988 Elixir de Violence, Buoux, France (8a)
1988 Samizdat, Cima, France (8a)
1988 La Diagonale du Fou, Buoux, France (8a)
1988 Chouca, Buoux, France (first female 8a+)

Solo Ascents:

Destivelle is also one of the few rock climbers who naturally excel at free soloing.

1985 El Puro, Mallos de Riglos in Spain
1987 Bandiagara Escarpment in Mali
1989 Phi Phi Islands in Thailand
1992 Devils Tower in Wyoming, Indian Creek in Utah
1997 Old Man of Hoy in Orkney Islands, Scotland

Best climbs in the Alps:

Destivelle was the first woman to complete the following solo ascents:

1990 (October) Bonatti Pillar of the Aiguille du Dru
1991 (June) Opening a new route up the Aiguille du Dru in 11 days, (June 24 - July 4). The "Destivelle Route" was the first rock face to be named after a woman.
1992 (March) north face of the Eiger
1993 (February) Walker Spur of the Grandes Jorasses
1994 (February) Bonatti Route on the north face of the Matterhorn
1999 (June) north face direct of the Cima Grande di Lavaredo

Expeditionary Climbs, mostly Himalaya and Antarctica:

She also went on many beautiful, innovative and challenging mountaineering projects.

1990 Trango (Nameless) Tower, Yugoslav Route with Jeff Lowe.
1992 North Ridge of Latok I (still unclimbed), one of its unsuccessful attempts with Jeff Lowe, interrupted at 5800 meters; 19,000'.
1994 Shishapangma left-hand couloir, southwest face, (Kurtyka-Loretan-Troillet Route) with Erik Decamp.
1996 Peak 4111 (Ellsworth Mountains, Antarctica), with Erik Decamp.

She is the author or subject of 9 books.

The is the subject of these ten films, plus many more for French TV:

E Pericoloso Sporgersi, Robert Nicod, 1985
Seo, Pierre-Antoine Hiroz, 1987
Solo Thai, Laurent Chevallier, 1989
Nameless Tower, David Breashears, 1990
11 Jours dans les Drus, Gilles Sourice, 1991
Eiger, Stphane Deplus, 1992
Ballade Devils's Tower, Pierre-Antoine Hiroz, 1992
La Cascade, Pierre-Antoine Hiroz, 1997
Rock Queen, Martin Belderson, 1997
Au-del des cimes, Rmy Tzier, 2008




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