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literature Mountain Literature Classics: The Shining Mountain

Forty years ago this month, Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker died on Everest. Written by Boardman, with additions from Tasker, this gripping account of the pair's celebrated first ascent of Changabang's fearsome West Wall captures the utter commitment of cutting edge 1970s Himalayan climbing. After many failed attempts, their route was only repe...


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literature Mountain Literature Classics: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Told first in a book, and later a movie, the story will be familiar - the hiker trapped in a nightmare scenario, who severs his own arm and lives to hike another day. But what went through his mind on the way to that extremity? And was he alway...

literature Mountain Literature Classics: The Playground of Europe by Leslie Stephen

If not for this wordy celebration of early alpinism, published in 1871, the sport of mountaineering might have gone the way of squeak-piggy-squeak, muses Ronald Turnbull.

literature Mountain Literature Classics: 1996 Everest Disaster Trilogy

The 1996 Everest season saw the worst loss of life on the mountain to that date, as large guided parties were caught in a storm at extreme altitude. Three bestselling books were written by survivors, Into Thin Air, The Climb, and Left for...

literature Mountain Literature Classics: South by Sir Ernest Shackleton

As an Antarctic expedition reports finding the wreck of Shackleton's lost ship Endurance, complete with...

literature Mountain Literature Classics: Space Below my Feet by Gwen Moffat

For a climbing book, there's surprisingly little climbing in Space Below My Feet, says Ronald...

literature Mountain Literature Classics: Mountains with a Difference by Geoffrey Winthrop Young

One of the leading British mountaineers of the early 20th Century, Winthrop Young...

literature Mountain Literature Classics: Queen Victoria's Highland Journal

Back in the 1850s, going up Scottish mountains for fun was an activity for a handful of eccentric...

literature Book Extract: Twisted Mountains by Tim Woods

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literature Mountain Literature Classics: Feeding the Rat

literature Mountain Literature Classics: The Ridiculous Mountains by GJF Dutton

literature Mountain Literature Classics: Grasmere Journals by Dorothy Wordsworth

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literature Mountain Literature Classics: A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor

literature Mountain Literature Classics: The Night Climbers of Cambridge

literature Mountain Literature Classics: Travels With a Donkey by Robert Louis Stevenson

literature Mountain Literature Classics: Climbing Days by Dorothy Pilley

literature Mountain Literature Classics: Regions of the Heart


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