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Climb to Conquer: The Untold Story of WWII's 10th Mountain Division Ski Troops

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Few stories from the "greatest generation" are as unforgettable -- or as little known -- as that of the 10th Mountain Division. Today a versatile light infantry unit deployed around the world, the 10th began in 1941 as a crew of civilian athletes with a passion for mountains and snow. In this vivid history, adventure writer Peter Shelton follows the unique division from it ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 7th 2003 by Scribner
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Climb to Counquer by Peter Shelton

Review by Miles Dempsey

You know skiing as gracefully gliding down hills. They know skiing as dodging bullets at every turn in the night evading Germans on the mountain and did I mention that they were behind enemy lines. This is the story of the 10th mountain division who were a highly elite group of solders who fought in WW2.
The 10th started out as no more than a ski club(no more than a ski club) the founder thought that the army needed a mountain division.
Cecelia Hightower
(Lonnie) When I was in high school I had an art teacher by the name of Dave Skidmore, he told me many stories of his adventures with the Army's 10th mountain division WW-2. I have had an interest in the 10th mt. division from way back then. I came across a book on E-bay titled "Climb To Conquer" by Peter Shelton the Author. I found it to be an easy read, and actually couldn't put it down. The book came from Goodwill in Seattle, used for 5 bucks, wow! what a deal. It follows the story of one man ...more
Climb to Conquer: The Untold Story of WWII's 10th Mountain Division Ski Troops is as the title suggests the telling of the story if the United States Army’s 10th Mountain Division and their roughly 150 day deployment in World War 2. Initially the book sucks you in very quickly with a telling of a reconnaissance mission the 10th division took on. “The sun was nearly up. Jennings flung his BAR on his back and pushed off down the hill, skating and poling as fast as he could… He then saw machine gun ...more
Craig Fiebig
Fascinated to read the history of Alec and Nate Moran's first unit. Incredible group of men who's love of the outdoors and considerable courage helped them return from WW II. They created the U.S. ski and recreational climbing communities and industries but also founded or ran organizations as diverse as Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, Outward Bound and NOLS. An amazing heritage. Happy for and proud that Alec and Nate will join the 10th Mountain after completing the next phases of training.
Melissa Whittinghill
Inspired by my last trip to Vail, I wanted to read about the 10th Mountain Division which trained in Vail Valley during WWII. The book was ok - the war details got old for me. I bummed to learn the troops ski skills were not used in the war, but their mountaineering skills were when they captured a key mountain in Italy. More profound is the impacts these veterans made after the war - founding many famous resorts (Vail, Aspen, etc), founding Nike, and advocating for wilderness conservation.
Julia Smith
Mar 28, 2014 Julia Smith rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: History and World War II readers
Wonderful history of the 10th Mountain Division Ski Troops of WWII. History/WWII buffs should read this. I am using it for research. Thanks, Peter Shelton, for your work.
Presence Bissonette
Being a soldier of the 10th Mountain it was really neat to read the beginnings of my Division, the prestigious vetrans that served during WWII. To know about their inital training. I laughed, because while things have certainly changed, some things never do. Like the men testing out tents that are basically unusable, yet the Army ordering 40,000 (some number like that) of them. And the men hating the training problem so taking their socks and shoes off and standing in the snow to get frostbite s ...more
Kathy Young
Interesting read because of my affiliation with the National Ski Patrol. The ski industry wouldn't be what it is today without the 10th Mountain Division!
Becca Brito
Very interesting. Very detailed...some parts unnecessarily. I'm giving it three stars only because I found myself having to push myself a little to finish it but that says more about my personal taste than about the quality of the book.
2 stories in one: 1. Great micro coverage of the WW II push through the mountains of Italy and 2. The post WW II development of the ski industry.

An enjoyable read.
This book was fantastic. WWII's 10th Mountain Division did amazing things and when they came home they changed the ski industry. I highly recommend this book.
Katharine Creedon
Great history of the evolution of the ski industry and how it was influenced by these few brave men.
Mar 17, 2009 Evan added it
this was a very comprihensive book
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