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FIRST ASCENT: PIONEERING MOUNTAIN CLIMBS Stephen Venables 2008 1st ed Large Hardcover DJ Fine Multiple copies available
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2008, 1st edition. 192 pp, 100s color photos. New larger format hardcover, with pictorial cover and a dust jacket.  

This is a large format book, so extra postage will be requested for Priority Mail or International Mail.

Mountains have always held mankind in awe of their beauty and danger, yet only since the mid-19th century has rock climbing and mountaineering in general been seen as a popular pastime. The men who first paved the way in the early days, when equipment was very basic, were rightly seen as daredevils tackling the unknown. Foreword by Chris Bonington
 
Today, the sport is seen in less awestruck ways, with corporate businesses and the very rich able to buy adventure trips to be 'walked' up to the summit of Mount Everest itself. However, every great climb or mountain needed to be navigated and traversed before the mass of later climbers could follow.
 
This book tells the story of those who have risked their lives to follow their love of climbing, and be the first to break new ground. Covering every main mountain range in the world, the book chronicles the adventures, joy, and heartbreak of these pioneers who were the first to conquer these climbs. All supported with fantastic contemporary photography. Whether you're an armchair traveller, climber or outdoor enthusiast, 'First Ascent' provides a chance to understand the development of climbing, and the stories of those who wrote their names into mountaineering history.

First Ascent takes readers back to a time when there were many mountains yet to be climbed. Using first-hand accounts and archival photographs, it tells the exciting history of world mountaineering by describing in vivid detail the first ascents of the most daunting peaks. At the same time, it reveals the development of climbing styles and climbing technology.

Covering every main mountain range in the world, these pioneering ascents include classic mountaineering, rock climbing, unassisted climbing, big-wall climbing, ice climbing and clean climbing. Tragedy and victory are equal partners in these gripping real-life adventures.

First Ascent includes the 24 most challenging ascents dating from 1865 to 2005. Among them are:

  • The first ascent of The Matterhorn, in 1865, which claimed four lives
  • Beatrice Tomasson's 1902 climb of the Marmolada south face
  • American climber Layton Kor's ascent of the spectacular Utah Towers
  • The first ascent of the north face of North Twin in the Canadian Rockies, one of history's greatest climbs
  • The first free climb of Yosemite's El Capitan, as recently as the 1990s.

Climbers, outdoor enthusiasts and would-be adventurers will enjoy these exhilarating true stories told by the climbers and accompanied by thrilling photos taken along the way.

About the Author

Stephen Venables is a world-renowned mountaineer who climbed Everest without oxygen, pioneering a new route at the same time. He is the author of eight books, including the award-winning Painted Mountains. His most recent project was retracing Ernest Shackleton's steps for the IMAX movie, Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure.


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