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by Stephen Venables,Andy Fanshawe

Celebrates the use of the alpine-style approach in the ascension of the 6-8,000 meter peaks of the Himalaya and Karakoram ranges. Forty climbs are described with coverage of historical background, detailed route information (and maps), an overview of challenges, and recommendations on technique. Includes splendid color photos on virtually every page. No index or bibliography. 11.75x11.5" Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Download Himalaya Alpine-Style: The Most Challenging Routes on the Highest Peaks epub
ISBN: 0898864569
ISBN13: 978-0898864564
Category: Travel
Subcategory: Asia
Author: Stephen Venables,Andy Fanshawe
Language: English
Publisher: Mountaineers Books (March 1, 1996)
Pages: 192 pages
ePUB size: 1453 kb
FB2 size: 1293 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 481
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This is a coffee-table book for climber wannabe's who might want to pretend they're going to climb some of the great ridges of the Himalaya. Most of the photos are pretty good, but the maps are sloppily drawn, and the writing style is about as bone dry as you can get--it's hard to make routes on the overwhelming ridges and cols of the high Himalayas look and sound dull [...]
Words cannot do justice to this book. The authors have painstakingly brought to life the etherreal beauty of the Himal and Karakoram. Peaks and ranges who were only abstract names take actual appearances. The sheer beauty and force of Mother Nature reigns supreme in this stunning, one-photo a-page, masterpiece. A "must-have", absolutely.
Excellent book ,
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Unfortunately, recent reviewers have focused more on the achievments of the authors themselves than what has been written in the book.
It is a great book with loads of info on many different great routes done in the only proper style, i.e. alpine style. There are many references to the original articles, if you ever plan to have some expeditions to the area described in the book, as well as more general references to books of the first ascents of the mountains described and it that respect very resourceful.
Also, I think it is one of the virtues that the book is not written in an overpassionate, and boosting manner as most autobiographic books, but rather describes in a very admiring way the great achievments of extreme alpinism in the Himalaya.
If you want to know more about the greatest achievments in Alpine climbing in recent years this book does give you a great overview of some of the most facinating (and craziest) climbs.
I agree that some of the maps are not very good and that there could have been more depth in the description of the climbs, but the references should help someone wanting some more info.
Despite the disparaging comments of some earlier reviewers this is a great mountaineering book. Whoever was been on one of the Himalayan giants knows that this is not children's play. The risks are enormous and it is remarkable that some people venture into these inhospitable areas time and again. I see no reason to qualify the merits of this book based on the success of the authors' personal endeavours.
The book is magnificently produced, with excellent photographs and maps. The selection of mountains and routes is representative for what has happened in the Himalayas during the past three decades. This is not a guidebook. Rather it gives us a broad historical overview of the experiences with Alpine tactics in the Greater Ranges.
I would recommend this book to anyone having an interest to climb in the Himalayas. It is much more representative of what Himalayan climbing is about than the scores of self-aggrandizing, pseudo-tragic Everest accounts now claiming all the 'Climbing' section shelf space in high street bookshops.
If you're a climber and interested in technical routes on Greater Ranges, buy this one! It's the motivation bible.