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Regions of the heart : the triumph and tragedy of Alison Hargreaves
Rose, David, 1959-
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Washington, D.C. : National Geographic Society, [2000]

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277 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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GV199.92.H35 R68 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Booklist Review

Journalists Rose and Douglas offer a heartrending account of the life and death of a young woman who had just come into her own in the sport of mountain climbing. Proceeding from interviews with Alison Hargreaves' survivors and passages from her journal, they present her as a strong-willed young woman passionate for mountain climbing. They trace her personal and professional development from her early teens to her death at 33 on K2, the world's second highest but most treacherous mountain. Included in this short life were a rebellious youth, a neglected education, and an affair with a much older, married man. By the time Hargreaves climbed K2, she had had two children, had wrestled with marital discord, had climbed Mount Everest alone and without supplemental oxygen, and was poised for greater recognition. In telling Hargreaves' story, Rose and Douglas also counter her image as the driven, ambitious woman vilified by the press for being self-absorbed. Their harrowing descriptions of climbing should thrill enthusiasts, while the human story they tell should appeal to virtually all readers. --Vanessa Bush

Library Journal Review

Uninitiated readers might suspect that, having climbed Mount Everest alone and without using oxygen in 1995, Hargreaves's determination to reach the summit of K2, the second highest peak in the world, was fuelled solely by a desire for further fame. However, as British journalist Rose (the Guardian and the Observer) and Douglas (editor, Alpine Journal) reveal, Alison continued the climb that would ultimately kill her because she was desperate to dissolve an unhappy marriage. Climbing was the only real talent Hargreaves possessed, and the money she would have received from speaking engagements and endorsements would have enabled her to leave her husband and support her two children. This multifaceted account of her tragic life details her climbing and peripheral activities, and the authors deserve considerable credit. This book, which was shortlisted for the Banff Mountain Literature Festival grand prize, will appeal to climbing and outdoors enthusiasts.DRobert E. Greenfield, formerly with Baltimore Cty. P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.