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HAROLD RAEBURN THE STEPS OF A GIANT Peter J Biggar. 2014 1st edition Hardcover New Available March 2024
By Biggar, Peter J.
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Available March 2024

UK, 2024, 1st edition. 468 pages, illustrations. Thick hardcover, New 
Harold Raeburn was one of Scotland's greatest ever mountaineers, with a legacy of prized lines scattered far and wide across the Highlands.

In feats of extraordinary vitality, he made winter ascents of Tower Ridge, North-East Buttress and Crowberry Gully in four days, cycling from Fort William to Glencoe in between. His breathtaking ascent of Green Gully, cutting steps up near-vertical ice with a single axe, was doubtless the hardest ice climb anywhere at the time and was unsurpassed in difficulty in Scotland for nearly three decades. 

But perhaps Raeburn's finest achievement was the first winter ascent in 1920 of Observatory Ridge, which remains one of Ben Nevis's longest and most serious winter climbs. These routes, amongst so many others, were visionary, while beyond Scotland he pioneered climbs in the Alps, Norway and the Caucasus, attempted Kangchenjunga and was Climbing Leader on the calamitous 1921 British Mount Everest Reconnaissance Expedition. Tragically, the latter was to be his undoing, precipitating a 'melancholia' that dogged him all his life. We might call it PTSD, Post-traumatic stress disorder

With extracts from Raeburn's own elegant writings and accounts from his friends and climbing companions, The Steps of a Giant is an intimate portrait of a master craftsman, chronicling his outstanding mountaineering record while digging beneath the surface of his modest reserve to reveal a complex, driven character upon whose shoulders subsequent generations of climbing luminaries stand.

In 1920 he authored a book on climbing technique titled Mountaineering Art. This is an interesting treatise on the craft and practice of climbing. This is a technique book, not about art! Includes a chapter for ladies, as well. 

Wikipedia, which is doing an excellent job on recording the history and dimension of climbing in all its forms, has a nice write-up on Harold Raeburn. Here is the link. If it doesn't work simply search his name on google or in the Wikipedia search window:




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