First Ascent: Pioneering Mountain Climbs: Venables, Stephen
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First Ascent: Pioneering Mountain Climbs

Author(s): Venables, Stephen

Copyright: 2008, US
Specifications: 1st, 4to, pp.192, photo frontis, 152 color & 59 bw photos, 8 color & 2 bw illus, pictorial cloth
Condition: dj unclipped, fine cloth fine

In this large-format book, Venables takes readers back to a time when there were many mountains yet to be climbed. Using first-hand accounts and archival photographs, he tells the exciting history of world mountaineering by describing in vivid detail 70 first ascents of the most daunting peaks. At the same time, he reveals the development of climbing styles and climbing technology. First Ascent covers every main mountain range in the world, with pioneering ascents including classic mountaineering, rock climbing, unassisted climbing, big-wall climbing, ice climbing and clean climbing from 1786 to 2005. Some of the peaks included are: Annapurna, Ben Nevis, Broad Peak, Cerro Torre, Changabang, Cook, Deborah, Dru, Eiger, El Capitan, Everest, Gasherbrum III, Gaurishankar, Grandes Jorasses, Huntington, Illimani, Jungfrau, Kenya, Lhotse, Makalu, Matterhorn, McKinley, Mont Aiguille, Mont Blanc, Nanda Devi, Nanga Parbat, Old Man of Hoy, Sinai, Siniolchu, Spantik, Totem Pole, Trango Tower, Vinson, Walker Spur, Weisshorn, and many more.

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