You can't visit the Lake District without wanting to take a photograph, it's part of what brings 15 million people to the area every year, but though we all like to think our photographs are good it takes a single glance at the work of the professionals to realise we're usually average at best. Somehow we never get the same weather, or the same light. The landscapes look similar but always seem to be from a slightly different angle and…
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 11:02

Alex Roddie -The Only Genuine Jones: Reviewed

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The Only Genuine Jones is the latest in a line of books that cross the boundaries between being a mountaineering book and a great story in its own right. While books like Echoes, Fiva and, to an extent, Cold Wars have crossed this divide over recent years Alex Roddie's book takes a different route, setting well known, iconic, figures of mountaineering history in a fictional tale rather than retelling real life adventures mixed with insights into the central characters. In…
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 10:59

Everest 1953 by Mick Conefrey reviewed

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Never have I lifted the cover of a book with such a feeling of discomfort and foreboding as opening Everest 1953 for the first time. As a child I was brought up on the classics of the 1950's; Wilfred Noyce's South Col, Hertzog's Annapurna and the Big Daddy of them all - Sir John Hunt's Ascent of Everest. Hunt's definitive tome was the bible of a 10 year old obsessed with adventure, and every detail was hungrily devoured before taking…
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 10:47

Echoes by Nick Bullock - reviewed

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Nick Bullock's debut book has finally arrived! Echoes has probably been the most anticipated book of the year and let's just say it doesn't disappoint. Launched at Outside's cafe in Hathersage in many ways it's a typical Vertebrate Publishing release where an iconic name opens not only their climbing but their life to the reader - but you only need to take a look at this year's Boardman Tasker shortlist to see it's a formula that works. From the moment…
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