Synopses & Reviews
Nothing is quite so awe inspiring, or inhospitable to humans as the world's tallest mountains. Journey to the European Alps, the Himalaya, the Karakoram Range, and the polar region of North America with one of the world's great climbers and discover how mountaineers reached the top of five of the world's highest mountains for the first time. Meet the pioneers who braved incredible dangers like rock falls, crevasses, whiteouts, and avalanches to summit against all odds. Large fold-out posters and gatefolds illustrate the story of each dangerous climb, and detailed maps show how later climbers changed the routes to the summit. Throughout it all, readers will explore the fascinating question of what drives these adventurers to reach the top, no matter the cost.
Discover how adventurous mariners used their skill and resourcefulness to adapt to challenging conditions--unpredictable weather, physical hardship, unforeseen perils. Find out which strategies and survival techniques succeeded and which failed, sometimes with tragic results. Explore the vast oceans and wild seas navigated by these intrepid sailers on their long, dangerous voyages.
About the Author
Addicted to mountaineering since schooldays, John Cleare
has climbed, skied and explored among the mountains of six continents, led numerous expeditions and made first ascents in the Alps, Africa, and the Himalaya. He has been a professional photographer for 50 years and has an international reputation as a mountain and wilderness photographer. He has made films on the Matterhorn, the Eiger, Everest, and elsewhere, and his picture archive, Mountain Camera, is well known.
John and his wife live in rural Wiltshire.