Chessler Books
Rock Climbing - Mountaineering - Exploration
New - Used - Collectible - Signed
Chessler Books Accepts PAYPAL Chessler Books Accepts VISA Chessler Books Accepts MASTERCARD Chessler Books Accepts DISCOVER CARD Chessler Books Accepts AMERICAN EXPRESS
All Orders Shipped via United States Postal Service   Chessler Books Ships Via USPS
Author:
Title:
Keyword:
Item #:
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M Mc N O P Q
R S T U V W X Y Z
Item #: BK1049-8362
FIRST FIFTY YEARS OF THE BRITISH MOUNTAINEERING COUNCIL: A POLITICAL HISTORY Geoff Milburn 1997 1st ed Hardcover DJ New 2 Copies Available
By Milburn, Geoff (Editor)
Price: $9.00

List Price: $50.00
You Save $41.00 (82%)



Add to wish list


Detailed Product Description
UK, British Mountaineering Council, 1997, 1st edition. 321 pp, b/w photos. New Hardcover.

Since 1944 the BMC has been involved with all areas of British climbing, from safety to access to competition. Everything and more about the BMC over the last 50 years. If you're interested in climbing history, or researching a project, this is an ideal starting point. 
 
From the dust jacket: This book describes the political actions and struggles that have taken place in Britain in order to maintain the seemingly tranquil activity of mountaineering.

Mountaineering, in its various forms, is a pastime (or sport) whose adherents place great value on their independence, and who are suspicious of any attempt to impose organisation and rules. Yet a central body, the British Mountaineering Council, was brought into being in December 1944 by Geoffrey Winthrop Young and Leo Amery, successive Alpine Club Presidents, with the support of the other major clubs of the day. Its original purpose was to provide wartime mountaineering advice to the authorities, but it soon developed idealistic aspirations that matched the reforming mood of the post-war world. As climbing grew in popularity the BMC grew with it, becoming the focal point for the hundreds of new clubs that sprang up in the years that followed.

Not all climbers were convinced of the need for the BMC - indeed there was strong opposition in the early stages from some Alpine Club members and the Scottish Mountaineering Club - and this scepticism remains to this day. But though climbers affect disinterest and distrust for politics, when the need is pressing, they take part in the political hurly-burly as energetically as any other group. They successfully struggled against many of the more bizarre post-war hydro-electric proposals for Wales and Scotland. The Sports Council and the Educational world also encountered BMC political pressure during the Mountain Training Dispute of the Seventies, a time when even the Sports Minister was pleading for relief from the cacophony of protest from outraged climbers.

This book chronicles an eventful political history, describing the BMC's problems, debates and achievements over the first half century of its existence.

It shows how the BMC circulated crucial safety advice in the years (before nut protection and good equipment) when the sport was particularly hazardous. It describes the efforts made to secure better equipment and training standards. It explains the later tension between the overregulating zeal of educationalists and trainers and the mainstream sport keen to keep certification realistic and marginal. It charts the never-ending struggle to maintain access to mountains and cliffs. It describes the often turbulent relationship with the Sports Council - an organisation constantly perplexed by the anarchic nature of climbing. It shows how the BMC organised guidebooks, huts, insurance, climbing walls, conferences, international meets and even how, after years of forthright opposition, it was finally drawn (controversially) into the garish world of formalised competitions.

Much of the business of the BMC is conducted through its many committees. These are manned by a constantly changing cross-section of ordinary climbers who give up their spare time out of a sense of duty to their sport. Their debates, often fiery and opinionated, are the only sure method of dealing with the problems of the climbing world with any degree of consensus and validity.

The work of these committees is described, not in the morale-boosting manner of the annual reports, but with a more dispassionate eye to their successes and failures. BMC activity is also reflected in a collection of photos - for the most part records of groups and events, but still with considerable historic interest. The many hundreds of climbers who have taken part in the BMC committee work over the years are represented by panels of portrait photos (some very rare) of the key office holders which give some impression of the wide variety of characters involved - in terms of age, background, fame or notoriety. The final section of the book is a selection of fascinating articles from the early issues of the BMC's admirable house magazine Mountaineering, by such luminaries as Birtwistle, Longland, Wathen and Tarbuck and including several rare classics of climbing writing.

The First Fifty Years is therefore something of a pot pourri of contributions by many authors, rather than a focussed account by a single historian. They vary in style and interest but for the most part are fresh, idiosyncratic and candid. Much scattered history is gathered and the overall result is a unique and somewhat unusual publication. It will be invaluable as a check on dates, events and personalities, but will also be of great interest to anyone wishing to know more about how political activity has shaped the sport and maintained the freedoms that mountaineers hold so dear.


Other Items You Might Like

  • Similar Items Available
  • Items From This Author
  • Items From This Category
GOGARTH Andy Newton 1990 2nd ed Hardcover Fine
By: Newton, Andy, Andy Pollitt, Steve Haston, Paul Williams and Mike Gresham
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $20.00, You Save $15.01 (75%)
- Item # GB5799-354
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
K2 AND THE NORTHERN BALTORO MUSTAGH GUIDE Kielkowski 1997 3 copies available
By: Kielkowski, Jan
Price $19.95 ~ Regular $37.95, You Save $18.00 (47%)
- Item # GB334-4893
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ICE-BOUND HEIGHTS OF THE MUSTAGH: AN ACCOUNT OF TWO SEASONS OF PIONEER EXPLORATION AND HIGH CLIMBING IN THE BALTISTAN HIMALAYA Fanny Bullock and William Hunter Workman 1908 1st UK ed Hardcover Near Fine
By: Workman, Fanny Bullock and William Hunter
Price $549.99 ~ Regular $1200.00, You Save $650.01 (54%)
- Item # OP854-135
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
STICKS AND STONES THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN HAWKRIDGE 1987 1st UK ed Hardcover DJ Fine SIGNED/INSCRIBED BY John Hawkridge
By: Hawkridge, John
Price $40.00
- Item # OP4698A-113
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
MOUNTAIN WEEPS [Scotland Climbs] Ian Mitchell 1997 1st ed New Paperback 3 Copies Available
By: Mitchell, Ian
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $30.00, You Save $25.01 (83%)
- Item # BK1054-8363
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
A DREAM OF WHITE HORSES: RECOLLECTIONS OF A LIFE ON THE ROCKS Edwin Drummond 1997 New Paperback
By: Drummond, Edwin
Price $8.99 ~ Regular $30.00, You Save $21.01 (70%)
- Item # BK400-765
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
LE PORT DE LA MER DE GLACE Potard, Dominque 1997 1st edition
By: Potard, Dominque
Price $24.95 ~ Regular $30.00, You Save $5.05 (17%)
- Item # BK2163
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ANNAPURNA THE FIRST CONQUEST OF AN 8000-METER PEAK [26,493 feet] Maurice Herzog 1997 New Paperback 8 Copies Available
By: Herzog, Maurice
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $16.95, You Save $11.96 (71%)
- Item # BK637-6118
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
TO THE SUMMIT: FIFTY MOUNTAINS THAT LURE, INSPIRE AND CHALLENGE [Large Format Mountain Photos] Joseph Poindexter 1998 1st ed Hardcover DJ New 2 Copies Available
By: Poindexter, Joseph
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $40.00, You Save $35.01 (88%)
- Item # BK1192-8362
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ROCK CLIMBS IN THE PEAK VOLUME 1: THE SHEFFIELD-STANAGE AREA Eric Byne c. 1963 Softcover Near Fine
By: Byne, Eric (Editor)
Price $9.99 ~ Regular $40.00, You Save $30.01 (75%)
- Item # OPG5823-354
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
Sorry, we were unable find any similar items available by this author.


NO LATITUDE FOR ERROR 1961 1st UK ed Hardcover No DJ Fine SIGNED by Edmund Hillary
By: Hillary, Edmund
Price $49.99 ~ Regular $175.00, You Save $125.01 (71%)
- Item # OP57A-113
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK CLIMBER'S GUIDE COLORADO Bernard Gillett 1993 1st ed Paperback Very Good-Near Fine Multiple Copies Available
By: Gillett, Bernard
Price $1.99 ~ Regular $30.00, You Save $28.01 (93%)
- Item # GB694A-4074
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
DER SKILAUF [THE SKI] Dagfinn Carlsen No date Softcover Near Fine
By: Carlsen, Dagfinn
Price $99.00
- Item # OP5325-178
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE ART OF SURVIVAL Cord Christian Troebst 1965 Hardcover Chipped DJ Near Fine
By: Troebst, Cord Christian
Price $3.99 ~ Regular $20.00, You Save $16.01 (80%)
- Item # OP5662-212
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
TRENTINI SUL DHAULAGIRI I 8172m [TRENTINI ON DHAULAGIRI I 8172 m] Alfonso Bernardi 1978 1st ed Softcover Fine
By: Bernardi, Alfonso
Price $99.00
- Item # OP5274-178
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
TIBETAN CIVILIZATION R.A. Stein 1975 Hardcover No DJ Fine
By: Stein, R.A.
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $20.00, You Save $15.01 (75%)
- Item # OP3989-937
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
PERFORMANCE ROCK CLIMBING Dale Goddard and Udo Neumann 1993 1st ed New Paperback
By: Goddard, Dale and Udo Neumann
Price $4.99 ~ Regular $14.95, You Save $9.96 (67%)
- Item # BK5146-635
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
BOTTOMS UP: AN UNRELIABLE HANDBOOK FOR SKIERS 1939 1st ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine SIGNED by Max Barsis
By: Barsis, Max
Price $99.00
- Item # OP5270-178
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
EVEREST PIONEER: THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF CAPTAIN JOHN NOEL [Large Format Everest Photos] Sandra Noel 2003 1st ed Hardcover DJ New Multiple Copies Available
By: Noel, Sandra and John
Price $9.99 ~ Regular $35.00, You Save $25.01 (71%)
- Item # BK1958-8328
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart
THE MANUAL OF SKI MOUNTAINEERING. David Brower 1946 2nd ed Hardcover DJ Fine
By: Brower, David
Price $99.00
- Item # OP1186A-178
View Details
Add To Cart
Adding...
Added! Click To View Cart