Happy Monday Campers! Thought we would share some recent book reviews done by one of our outdoorsy blogger friends and … More
GULLIBLE’S TROUBLES by Suzi Tooke “We didn’t want to mindlessly meander through middle age, drift into dotage and end up … More
“Climbing is not a democracy. It never has been. That’s one of the things we love about it. Climbing is … More
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.