A Long Walk with Lord Conway: An Exploration of the Alps and an English Adventurer: Thompson, Simon
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A Long Walk with Lord Conway: An Exploration of the Alps and an English Adventurer

Author(s): Thompson, Simon

Copyright: 2013, UK
Specifications: 1st, 8vo, pp.viii, 318, 10 bw photos, 8 illus, 4 maps, appendix, black cloth
Condition: dj & cloth new

In 1894, Martin Conway became the first man to walk the Alps 'from end to end' when he completed a 1,000-mile journey from the Col de Tende in Italy to the summit of the Ankogel in Austria. On a midsummer's morning, nearly 120 years later, Thompson followed in his footsteps, setting out to explore both the mountains and the man.

A charming rogue who led a 'fantastically eventful' life, according to The Times, Conway was a climber and pioneering explorer of the Himalaya, Spitsbergen, the Andes and Patagonia; a serial pursuer of American heiresses; an historian, collector and Slade Professor of Fine Art at Cambridge; a company director and stock market promoter of dubious gold mines and non-existent rubber forests; the founder of the Imperial War Museum; the first foreigner to see the Russian crown jewels after the revolution; a successful journalist and author of over thirty books; a liberal politician; and a conservative MP. Shortly before he died, he was created 1st Baron Conway of Allington. Thompson retraces Conway's long journey over the peaks, passes and glaciers of the Alps and rediscovers the life of a complex and remarkable English adventurer. His previous book ‘Unjustifiable Risk? The Story of British Climbing’ was a finalist at the 2010 Banff Mountain Book Festival and shortlisted for the 2010 Boardman-Tasker award.

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