Happy Monday Campers! Thought we would share some recent book reviews done by one of our outdoorsy blogger friends and correspondent over at Alpine Lily. She has assembled a pretty great list relevant… Continue reading
GULLIBLE’S TROUBLES by Suzi Tooke “We didn’t want to mindlessly meander through middle age, drift into dotage and end up sitting on the porch in our rocking chairs saying, “I wish we’d gone…done..”… Continue reading
“Climbing is not a democracy. It never has been. That’s one of the things we love about it. Climbing is about freedom.” – Hayden Kennedy I found out very recently that my non-fiction… Continue reading
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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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.
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.