Review – The Calling: A Life Rocked by Mountains, by Barry Blanchard

Few climbers’ memoirs have been as highly anticipated as The Calling: A Life Rocked by Mountains, by Barry Blanchard. This fact is a testament to Blanchard’s reputation, his impressive climbing resume, and his well-known talent for storytelling.

The Calling is a memoir that reads like a conversation over beers around the campfire, deep into the night. It offers the reader intimacy, captivating stories, and a unique chance to get the know the man described as Canada’s best alpinist. Blanchard is a solid writer, and while he is already known for his poetic, descriptive prose, it shines in his first, full-length book.

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Review – The Vast Unknown: America’s First Ascent of Everest, by Broughton Coburn

I’ll admit that when I first picked up this book, I wondered, “why should I care about another Everest expedition?” It sounds harsh, but amidst all the Everest hoopla in the past few years – news of speed ascents, controversies, line-ups on the mountain – I’ve become a bit numb around the edges to additional stories from the world’s highest peak, even if they are from the past.

But in The Vast Unknown: America’s First Ascent of Everest, author Broughton Coburn breathes new life into the history of this famous mountain.

Training for the New Alpinism – A Manual for the Climber as an Athlete

Review and Giveaway: Training for the New Alpinism – A Manual for the Climber as Athlete

I wish a book like Training for the New Alpinism was written in the 90’s, when I was starting my career in high peaks. I would have devoured it. And probably reached one of the highest summits on Earth – a desire that I don’t have anymore.