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NO PICNIC ON MOUNT KENYA Felice Benuzzi 1953 Readers Union Hardcover Near Fine
By Benuzzi, Felice
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London, Readers Union-William Kimber, 1953. 239 pp, mapped end papers. Navy cloth hardcover with no dust jacket. Near Fine condition.

Many people consider this one of the greatest of all climbing stories. Benuzzi, an Italian prisoner during WWII, escaped from a POW camp to climb Mt. Kenya! In 1943, Felice Benuzzi and two Italian compatriots escaped from a British POW camp in equatorial East Africa with only one goal in mind - to climb the dangerous seventeen-thousand-foot Mount Kenya. Leaving a written 'parole' declaring they would return in two weeks, Benuzzi and two companions nearly scaled Mount Kenya on stolen rations, and improvised climbing equipment. Once done, they broke back into their camp to surrender! An extraordinary tale of war and mountaineering. 


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