Wednesday, 30 April 2014 10:35

Grizzly Bears and Razor Clams - Reviewed

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  Grizzly Bears and Razor Clams.......not exactly the definitive, matter of fact, title you expect if your previous experience of Chris Townsend's work has been the classic "Backpacker's Handbook", "Scotland" and "A year in the life of the Cairngorms" or his ever popular and hugely respected gear columns in TGO, but it's every bit as much a classic. The book charts the author's 1200 mile walk along the Pacific Northwest Trail (PNT) from the Rocky Mountains through Montana, Idaho and…
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 10:31

Alastair Lee's Baffin Island reviewed

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The more I look at books of films and films of books the more I appreciate the chasm sized differences between them and nowhere is this more evident than in Alastair Lee's Baffin Island. With the Asgard Project already firmly cemented as one of the most successful mountain films of all time the chance to check out some of the amazing vistas at a more leisurely pace was both a delight and a revelation. Watching The Asgard Project you get…
  Once or twice in a lifetime a mountaineering story crosses the divide between pure mountaineering and human interest, bridging the gap and becoming a "mainstream" hit. Touching the Void had that special appeal that could bring in a non-climbing audience, catapulting it's author and participants to fame and successful careers as writers and motivational speakers. The tale of human survival against all the odds gripped readers and viewers around the world, and justifiably so, but after reading Fiva I…
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 10:15

Simon Yates, The Wild Within - Reviewed

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The Wild Within is Simon Yates' third book and the first for a new publisher, Vertebrate. The change of publisher seems to have inspired a change of emphasis in his latest work, with The Wild Within documenting the author's decade from both the mountaineering and family-man perspective. This "complete life" rather than a single focus on the mountaineering or adventure aspects is a route that's becoming increasingly popular with authors, publishers and readers and in The Wild Within you can…
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