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Title:
Kingdoms of experience : Everest, the unclimbed ridge
Author:
Greig, Andrew.
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Publication Information:
Edinburgh : Canongate, 1999.
Physical Description:
249 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780862418816
Format :
Book

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Summary

In 1985, Mal Duff led an expedition to conquer the unclimbed north-east ridge of Everest. Chis Bonnington's previous attempt had ended with the death of two climbers. This book chronicles the assault on the peak and the relationships of the 19 very different individuals in the team.


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Library Journal Review

Poet, novelist, and novice climber Greig's (Summit Fever) insightful account of the 1985 ascent of Everest's previously unclimbed northeast ridge provides an unusual perspective on the world of climbing. In comparison to many seasoned mountaineers, with their sometimes obsessive "diehard" drive, Greig possesses a refreshing sense of enthusiasm and innocence. His lack of experience allows him to describe with great intensity and detail the difficult tasks of climbing in a methodical step-by-step fashion, allowing readers to grasp the complex challenges. Greig is often able to step back and observe the goings-on, providing a detached analysis of the group and its dynamics. To complement his version of events, he also draws liberally from the diaries of the other participants. A unique addition to mountaineering literature with charming and distinct characteristics.ÄJo-Anne Mary Benson, Osgoode, Ontario (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.