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Greg Child is not only a phenomenal photographer, a great climber, he is also an exceptional writer. The book consists of a narration of three different expeditions in the Himalayas (Karakoram range): Shivling in 1981, Lobsang Spire and Broad Peak in 1983 and Gasherbrum IV in 1986 (the tragic year on K2). The text has a lot of technical description of the climbs, including sketches of routes and details of belays, however these descriptions only add to the immediacy of the expedition and to the fine detail that throws the reader into the heart of a Himalayan adventure. Child also gives some historical and geographical background of the territory he is exploring, including legends, 'on-the-side' observations and description of the people populating the regions. At times humorous ('Monty-Python-esque'), at times emotional, and at times cynical - to make the narration unforgettable. If you like true mountaineering or if you are just a couch mountaineer, you'll enjoy this book tremendously. On a personal 'peeing-in-the-pants' scale (1-10), this book is a solid 9.