Last of His Kind: The Life and Adventures of Bradford Washburn, America's Boldest Mountaineer

Last of His Kind: The Life and Adventures of Bradford Washburn, America's Boldest Mountaineer

by David Roberts
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Last of His Kind: The Life and Adventures of Bradford Washburn, America's Boldest Mountaineer by David Roberts

“Stunning and stirring.”

Boston Globe

 

In The Last of His Kind, renowned adventure writer David Roberts gives readers a spellbinding history of mountain climbing in the twentieth century as told through the biography of Brad Washburn, legendary mountaineering pioneer and photographer. Jon Krakauer, author of Into Thin Air, has praised David Roberts, saying, “Nobody alive writes better about mountaineering”—and nowhere is that truth more evident than in this breathtaking account of the life and exploits of America’s greatest mountain climber.

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ISBN-13: 9780061894602
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/16/2009
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 455,928
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

David Roberts is an avid climber and the author of more than twenty books, including The Mountain of My Fear, which was named on National Geographic Adventure's list of the 100 Greatest Adventure Books of All Time. His articles have appeared in National Geographic Adventure, Men's Journal, and Smithsonian, among other publications. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Last of His Kind: The Life and Adventures of Bradford Washburn, America's Boldest Mountaineer 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
SuburbanMountaineer More than 1 year ago
This is the biography of Bradford Washburn, one of the author's mentors. As Roberts said of Washburn and his remarkable accomplishments in Alaska, "not only is he one of a kind, but as one of a kind they don't make any more." The book is a wonderful tribute to Alaska's greatest mountaineer. Washburn was an explorer in Alaska, documentary photographer (though arguably his work was quite artistic) and the Director of the Boston Museum of Science. The book is a wonderful survey of earlier climbing and the great man's life off the rock and ice.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
If you like your reading excitement based on reality rather than the fantasy world, pick up a copy of The Last Of His Kind: The Life and Adventures of Bradford Washburn, America's Boldest Mountaineer. Should you not recognize the Washburn name, he was "acclaimed as the greatest mountaineer in Alaskan history. He would be hailed, with the Italian Vittorio Sella, as one of the two finest mountain photographers ever. As a cartographer, he produced maps of Mt. McKinley, Mr. Everest, the Grand Canyon, and other regions...." At the age of 28 he took over the near-to-dying New England of Natural History and boosted it to become the renowned Boston Museum of Science. Washburn was, indeed, the last of his kind, and we're privileged to read about his achievements in this comprehensive biography, which includes extensive materials gleaned from the mountaineer's diaries kept during each of his expeditions. Extraordinary even as a youth Washburn was intrigued by the outdoors, its magnitude, and challenges. His first published piece appeared when he was 9, "Fishing: What A Boy Thinks." While at Groton he made a collection for his biology teacher - all the ferns (over 30 variations) that were found within a mile of the school. By the age of 16 he had climbed Mont Blanc after which he reached the top of the Matterhorn. Thus, at that young age he had more Alpine experience than the vast majority of American climbers at any age. Even greater achievements lay before him. As we know courage comes in many forms and it beat strongly in Washburn's heart as he came within a hair's breadth of death several times. An acclaimed writer of mountaineering David Roberts has crafted an excellent biography, an appropriate remembrance of a remarkable man. - Gail Cooke
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To those of us who feel climbing a waste of time
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