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  • Climbing to Extinction
  • By: Brian Hall
  • Narrated by: Sam Stafford
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
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Summary

Through the seventies and into the mid-eighties, a cohort of young climbers challenged the siege mentality of their seniors on high mountains in the Greater Ranges with fast moving, lightweight expeditions run on a shoestring. Brian Hall was one of them and, in High Risk, he describes their daring adventures and the counterculture they lived within, their rivalries and relationships, and the terrible price many of them paid. When all was done, they had raised the standards of mountaineering by changing its style and ethics.

©2022 Brian Hall (P)2022 W F Howes

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excellent

one of the best climbing related books I've listened too. the difference chapters, each dealing with different people were excellent.

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Cracking read

Broken down into bite size chunks which flows seamlessly. Learning about the circumstances of accidents while understanding processes taken is brilliant.
Awesome book, a must read for budding adventure people.

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A excellent and very different Mountaineering book

I found this an exceptional book. It took me back to the “ Golden Years” of Alpine and Himalayan Mountaineers.

The death toll of these climbers pushing there ambitions and the complexity of their lives is an eye opener.
The author Brian Hall writes with a wonderful honesty of this period. The effect on the families left behind as the pursuit of mountaineering excellence drives the characters on.

He also speaks about depression, alcohol and drug abuse a deadly combination for many at the time.
Yet this period opened the Himalayas to new challenges changes in tactics to “light and fast” explain that the less time you spend in the danger zone the safer it is.
The author comments on the sad era we have now of commercial expeditions taking many who can pay for the experience and the mess it leaves on these incredible places.
To get into the mindset and read Brian Halls thoughts is an incredible insight.
You must read this book there are many life lessons for even Armchair mountaineers.

A great read

Thank you

David Whalley