This was a spontaneous purchase but one that I for once did not regret. The book is written by Andrew Kirkpatrick, a climber and inspiration to many a...moreThis was a spontaneous purchase but one that I for once did not regret. The book is written by Andrew Kirkpatrick, a climber and inspiration to many aspiring climbers out there.
Andrew Kirkpatrick writes about the perilous journey of soloing the Reticent Wall of the El Capitan in California, a task that seems impossible both for the reader, and himself. His book starts off as he is about to leave, the pleas of his wife heavy on his mind and the climb ahead rushing through his mind like a drug. As he leaves, sits down in the Taxi and gets a friendly warning of the driver to be careful out there, the book starts rolling the tape so to speak, and his life, his ambitions and journey is laid out in a "This is my Story" like fashion
This book progresses almost like a diary like step by step progress of his pitch climbs up the El Cap, intertwined with flash backs of his career in the climbing shop, and his near death encounters and tough climbs attempted with friends and colleagues. As we progress up each pitch in the "present" rocky surface of the El Capitan, Andrew retells the story of his childhood, explains his growing passion for climbing and how he came to start solo climbing.
His book is incredibly exhilarating, filled with tension, dreams and amazing recollections of hardships on walls, the technical aspects of climbers gears, partners and safety, intermingled with thoughts of his family. It is a book well worth reading if you are into climbing!
(view spoiler)[This is one of the hardest big wall climbs ever soloed by a British climber and Andrew Kirkpatrick made it to the top with all of his haul bags, a few dangerous steep falls and brutal determination (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)