A mountaineer with a number of first ascents to his name—including being the first Briton to reach the peak of Everest without bottled oxygen—Stephen Venables here tells the stories of the men and women who have conquered some of the world's most treacherous mountain climbs, including the ascent of Mont Blanc in the 1780s, the golden age of alpine climbing, and the conquering of the great summits of the Americas and the Himalayas. Illustrated with color photos, the book includes firsthand accounts from such renowned climbers as Chris Bonington, Heinrich Harrer, Layton Kor, Mick Fowler, Peter Boardman, and Joe Tasker.
"A colorful and impressionistic sprint through the history of mountaineering. Venables is a great public communicator [but] can also be delightfully subversive ... engagingly mocking about both himself and the project."—Climber Magazine