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Climb: Stories of Survival from Rock, Snow, and Ice

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Climb focuses on the most exciting descriptions of climbing in the world, from the cliffs of Yosemite to the windswept towers of Patagonia to the high peaks of Alaska and the Himalayas. Stories include Jon Krakauer's first-person look at the risks of climbing Mt. McKinley's West Buttress route, which has killed scores of climbers in recent years; Chris Bonington's classic ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published December 27th 1999 by Da Capo Press (first published December 26th 1999)
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"There have been joys too great to be described in words, and there have been griefs upon which I have not dared to dwell; and with these in mind I say, climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are naught without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste; look well to each step; and from the beginning think what may be the end." Edward Whymper, Scrambles Amongst the Alps

Climber and armchair mountaineer Clint Willis has
CLIMB is a pretty mixed bag, IMO. It contains fiction and non-fiction short stories about mountain climbing ranging from silly to serious. I actually enjoy this topic quite a lot, but I'm pretty "meh" about short stories generally. Probably most people who like travel literature would enjoy it.
Seth Taplin
Coming from Rock & Ice, this had a lot of detail for the climbing audience. There's a broad selection of stories, from modern to historical, from rock to ice and mountaineering. The H.G. Wells piece felt a little out of place, but was interesting none the less.
Philip Burnett
A fascinating read if a bit unnerving. The accounts of some close brushes with death in the mountains is invigorating and frightning at the same time, perfect fodder for those that love climbing.
So far - too much detail about gear and climbing, not enough survival. Climbing? Not as interesting as climbers think it is.
I had to uprade this book; since I read it a year ago, I haven't stopped thinking about it.
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