The Mountain Within: The True Story of the World's Most Extreme Free-Ascent Climber

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One of the best mountaineers of our generation finally reveals the details of his many exciting extreme alpine ascents—ascents in which his only equipment is a pair of shoes and a small bag for holding chalk. Clinging to the crevasses in mountain walls, with muscles bulging as he makes his free ascent, Huber has become one of the world’s most recognized and photographed extreme alpine climbers. Along with many other legendary ascents detailed here, he and his brother set a new record of 2 hours and 46 minutes on ...

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Overview

One of the best mountaineers of our generation finally reveals the details of his many exciting extreme alpine ascents—ascents in which his only equipment is a pair of shoes and a small bag for holding chalk. Clinging to the crevasses in mountain walls, with muscles bulging as he makes his free ascent, Huber has become one of the world’s most recognized and photographed extreme alpine climbers. Along with many other legendary ascents detailed here, he and his brother set a new record of 2 hours and 46 minutes on El Capitan, The Nose, Yosemite Park in the Fall of 2007—a climb that usually takes three days.

When he free-soloed the Kommunist’s famous peaks, Alexander Huber declared, “Why? For me, it is the search for my limits. On the other side, I am aware that the time is limited.” With major corporate sponsors like Adidas and Atmoic, this is a fascinating insight into one of the world’s best mountaineers.

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Expert German rock climber Huber presents a straightforward but bland autobiography that concentrates primarily on his many impressive climbing feats on vertiginous rock walls around the world. Starting with his fateful childhood introduction to climbing by his father in Bavaria and detailing his many early climbing adventures alongside his brother Thomas, Huber's chronological narrative recounts an endless procession of increasingly difficult climbs and quickly becomes repetitive and monotonous. While Huber's astonishing rock climbing skills are rightfully celebrated, he is less adept at translating the meaning and motivations behind his climbing into words. VERDICT Huber's heavy focus on his single-minded passion for climbing and his constant restless drive to climb harder routes unfortunately overwhelms the few more humanizing and insightful aspects of his tale. He frequently uses climbing jargon without providing sufficient explanation for general readers and offers only a limited view into his personal life and relationships. Because of its specialized nature, this work is best suited to dedicated rock climbers and will likely not appeal to most recreational readers.—Ingrid Levin, Salve Regina Univ. Lib., Newport, RI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781628737165
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/29/2014
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,440,566
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexander Huber is a German physicist, a climber, and mountaineer. Since 1992, Huber has been a state-certified mountain and skiing guide. He first studied physics, then became a full-time professional mountaineer in 1997 and is now one of the most successful climbers and mountaineers. Huber is most famous for his bold free ascents of big walls. He lives in Traunstein,
Germany.
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