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How to get into Alpine Climbing?

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Re: How to get into Alpine Climbing?

Postby wetworx » Wed Nov 09, 2011 4:37 pm

sincerest thank you to you both! i'm heading over for a read now!

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Re: How to get into Alpine Climbing?

Postby Marmaduke » Wed Nov 09, 2011 5:21 pm

wetworx wrote:you both are awesome! Thank you! =)

wetworx, that is why this is a great website, a community of good people posting wonderful information for us that need it.
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Re: How to get into Alpine Climbing?

Postby mvs » Wed Nov 09, 2011 6:36 pm

I want to add another wrinkle to the whole getting into alpine climbing thing. For me, building the excitement and absorbing certain useful attitudes came largely from reading some interesting books. Of course, those old classics like "the White Spider," any of Hermann Buhl's books, etc. But this one is really good:

Image The Boardman-Tasker Omnibus.

4 excellent book-length expedition stories in all kinds of harsh conditions. Sadly, the authors died climbing, but they left behind an amazing record. There are a lot of other good books too, just thought I'd mention this one as winter is coming on and you might have some evenings at home to read.

I don't know how many other "sports" can draw you in via literature like climbing can. Maybe sailing.
Happy climbing!
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Re: How to get into Alpine Climbing?

Postby ExcitableBoy » Wed Nov 09, 2011 9:49 pm

Reading the Boardman-Tasker omnibus made me realize the British are much better at teaching their students to write than Americans. Chris Bonnington, Peter Boardman, Joe Tasker, Joe Simpson, et al. are all fantastic writers yet have no specific education in English/Literature/Writing as far as I know.
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