With Friends in High Places: An Anatomy of Those Who Take to the Hills

With Friends in High Places: An Anatomy of Those Who Take to the Hills


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Mountain climbing, like life itself, is not without risk. Some brilliant climbers like Hermann Buhl and Dougal Haston have perished through a momentary lapse of judgement. Too many die young, failing to appreciate that safety lies in the awareness of danger. But the motivation for mountain climbing is not risk. It is the joy of exploration of the vertical, whether it be a virgin summit, a lonely precipice or simply a new line on a familiar rock face. It is the delicious matching of skill to the difficulties presented by the mountain. It is to heighten the senses in lonely remote places.

With Friends in High Places is Malcolm Slesser's autobiographical account of almost 70 years of mountain exploration on every continent. He recalls perilous situations, such as the ill-fated Pamir expedition of 1962, and extreme locations, including the Arctic and the Tropics. This is an outstanding book that illuminates the beauty and danger of an environment in which all the obstacles between the individual and nature are removed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845961336
Publisher: Mainstream Publishing Company, Limited
Publication date: 12/01/2006
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Malcolm Slesser is an author, mountaineer and energy analyst who is widely known in the world of hill walking and mountaineering.

Table of Contents

List of Maps     11
Foreword   Hamish MacInnes     13
Preface     15
Constructive Boldness or Destructive Folly?     19
Falling in Love     31
Where There's a Will, There's a Way     43
Serendipity - Finding the Staunings Alps of Greenland     59
The Tigers of Yesterday     75
High Pique     91
Peak of Communism     107
Tropical Ice     119
Yerupaja - Queen of the Andes     137
Safety is Awareness     149
Pushing the Boat Out     163
Two Sides to a Coin     179
Skiing Rough     195
With Midges in High Places     207
An Expedition Climbs on its Stomach     217
The Mountaineer's Footprint     229
50 Years On     241
Appendices     247
Glossary/Conversion Table     257
Bibliography     259
Index     261

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