|Pages/Publication Date:||192 / 2008|
Well into the 20th century there were still major mountain peaks yet to be climbed, and this book takes stock of the incredible efforts made by intrepid men and women to reach the tops of them. Using first-hand accounts and dozens of archival photographs, this history of world mountaineering by climbing legend Stephen Venabes describes in vivid detail the first ascents of the most daunting peaks. Here are Hillary and Norgay, the conquerors of Everest; master alpinist Walter Bonatti, who quit climbing to undertake more dangerous pursuits; and the English lady who climbed the Matterhorn in a dress, while feasting on sponge cake and champagne. The photos here are indeed spectacular, and they will either inspire you to climb or else put the fear in you forever.