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…
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…
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