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Starlight and Storm: The Conquest for the Great North Faces of the Alps

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2000

    A life of joy and grace

    About 10 years ago I was fortunate to borrow a signed first edition of this book from the Colorado Mountain Club library in Boulder. What made a lasting impression on me was the author's decision at an early age to become an alpine guide, and the joy, love, honor, and dilligence he personified as he rose to the top of his craft. There are few clearer examples of a life well lived than Gaston Rebuffat's. I was dismayed to see a new edition with an introduction by Jon Krakauer. My gut reaction was what in hell could Jon 'Into Thin Air' Krakauer add to the story of Gaston Rebuffat? While Dave Roberts' own climbing career has been very different from the author's, he shares Rebuffat's most important attributes, the source of climbing legends. These are love of the mountains, the brotherhood of the rope, and striving for the audacious maneuver well executed.

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