Postcards from the Ledge: Collected Mountaineering Writings of Greg Child

By Greg Child

Decisions of the simplest writing from elite mountaineer Greg baby.

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1st ed. p. cm. some of the writings have been formerly released in mountaineering journal. fabric: ISBN 0-89886-584-0 Paper: ISBN 0-89886-753-3 1. climbing. 2. baby, Greg. three. Mountaineers—Biography. I. hiking (Aspen, Colo. )   II. name. GV199. eighty three. C45   1998 796. 53'2—dc21 98-21175 CIP revealed on recycled paper To the stories of Georges Bettembourg, Alison Hargreaves, Steve Masceoli, Geoff Radford, Steve Risse, and Rob Slater Contents Foreword via Joe Simpson advent Manners and moms The Disgusting Mountains mom is familiar with most sensible concerns of procedure the discovery of the Chin Hook Dialectical Bivouacism The wearing lifestyles one of the Believers: The Insult of damage Travels in La-La Lands file from Quinkin kingdom Tights, digicam, motion eco-friendly Card misplaced in Lhasa Madmen supplying Themselves to the threshold of catastrophe Into the chilly: Alaska, Canada, and the French Alps Souls on Ice Mortals on Combatant Yosemite and different partitions no matter what occurred to Luke Skywalker? The Denz choice sunrise to sunrise on Russian Tower with Lynn Hill: classes within the artwork of Groveling i used to be a Trango Love Slave concerning Mountains Masters of Understatement Gunning for moment most sensible What is going Up may well Come Down Scandals at Altitude Burden of evidence: The Tomo Česen Affair Stealing Everest: the autumn and upward push of Lydia Bradey Everest, in fact How I (Almost) Didn’t Climb Everest classes in Futility: A Curmudgeon Mouths Off demise and Love one other Tragedy on K2 demise and Faxes Unrequited: A Fiction Foreword I as soon as believed you could basically write a climbing ebook should you have been one of many top climbers of a while. yet on extra mirrored image it appeared transparent to me that this premise used to be completely illogical. Top-notch, hard-core, mainlined mountain madmen spend a ways an excessive amount of in their time, and mind's eye, placing through their delicate bits in alarming events to almost certainly have an opportunity of writing a midway coherent sentence. regrettably after years of being comforted through this latter thought Greg baby comes alongside and proves me flawed. a good world-class climber who has to be considered as one of many major Himalayan climbers of his new release, he has climbed on the maximum and so much not easy criteria on natural activities routes, high-altitude enormous partitions, frightening mountains like Gasherbrum IV and K2, heart-stopping ice cascades in North America—everything it sounds as if he can get his palms on. but he nonetheless claims to be not sure to whether he's a climber who writes or a author who climbs. He suspects a bit ruefully that he may have performed a good bit extra hiking if he hadn’t wasted loads time writing. perhaps it’s a very good factor he has his writing. i ponder even if it hasn’t stored him alive through the years, no longer just because it has decreased his time spent in harmful areas yet maybe extra pertinently since it has made him a climber who thinks deeply approximately what he's doing. greater than the other pursuit writing makes one take into consideration existence. wondering lifestyles permits a point of view to shape approximately what's vital and what's no longer, concerning the larger matters, the corny existence and demise questions, which in truth are the coinage with which the climber gambles.

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