Books on mountaineering
The Himalayan range is one of the highest and fascinating ranges on the earth. It contain a rich diversity of people, cultures, religions and mountains. It has inspired travellers, adventurers and pilgrims for centuries.
This book spans a period of sixty years of adventures in the Himalayan range. It gives an insight into the range, changes that have occurred and a history of expeditions and travels in the Himalaya. The book gives an account of changing environment, modes of travels and treks and spirit of adventure-how it has grown, changed and what it is today. It talks of ski training of paramilitary forces in India undertaken by the author, and his associations with some of the legendary mountaineers of his time.
Many of these adventures were undertaken by the author with his wife Eileen. These are some of the 'dreams they won'.
John Jackson was associated with two major expeditions of the last century. First it was the successful Everest expedition of 1953. He worked for this team and helped to achieve its goal. In 1955 John was a member of the successful expedition to Kangchenjunga (28,208 feet}-the third highest peak in the world. He climbed high on the mountain and helped the expedition to achieve its goal.
He participated in the Daily Mail Yeti Expedition and later made the first solo traverse, from Everest to Kangchenjunga. In between he made expeditions to Garhwal, Nepal, Ladakh and many other regions.
He has travelled widely on photographic journey to Canada, USA and in the Himalaya to Zanskar, Kashmir, Nepal and Indian plains. For 18 years he was director of Plas-y-Brenin Mountain Centre, a premier adventure institute, situated in the Wales, UK.
He is a popular speaker at many forums around the world. He has attended, along with his wife Eileen, all the Everest reunions. He has been a speaker at the Himalayan Club Reunion at London. Despite his advancing age he continues to trek and visit the Himalayan range, his last visit being in 2005, when he visited Darjeeling to view Kangchenjunga-the peak he was associated with fifty year ago.
Size: 14cm x 21,5 cm
DOUG SCOTT'S historic ascent (with Dougal Haston) of the South-West Face of Everest in 1975 brought him to the forefront of Himalayan climbing at a moment of transition. Their success was achieved from the basis of one of the last old-style expeditions to attempt a major new climb, but the evolution that followed totally transformed the way climbers tackled the greatest peaks.
During their descent Scott and Haston were forced to make a hazardous bivouac in a snow hole .,t the extreme height of 8750 metres. Normally this would have killed or crippled them but by drawing on all their experience they survived it unscathed. It was thus clear that with a bolder approach based on better techniques, and also by taking advantage of improved equipment, the menace of high altitude could be handled. Thereafter an elite international group, of which Scott was a leading member, began tackling the highest peaks in the rapid style used in the Alps. Scott soon completed.a string of major climbs on Shishapangma, Shivling, Nuptse and notablyon Kangchenjunga, where his ascent of the North Ridge (with Pete Boardman and Joe Tasker) ranks among the great Himalayan climbs.
These successes could not have been achieved without a deep inner confidence and an instinct developed through years of experience in climbing throughout the world. He has visited the ranges of the Sahara and East Africa, Iceland, the great peaks of Canada, Alaska and the Soviet Union, in the process making important first ascents on Denali, Pik Lenin and Mount Kenya. He has also maintained a continuing interest in big-wall climbing in Yosemite, the Rockies, the Dolomites and Baffin Island.
But it is the Greater Himalayan range that has remained the central theme of his climbing and over twenty-six visits he has climbed in its most fabled regions including the Hindu Kush, Tibet, the Karakoram, Ladakh and Bhutan. It is in this serene mountain remoteness, amongst people with a lifestyle so different from our own, that Scott finds the ideal atmosphere in which to savour and understand the aftermath of a big climb: being allowed to see that which is normally hidden by the complexities of modern life.
Scott is a skilled photographer and this pictorial record of a remarkable climbing career has been keenly awaited. In his own words "the photos are of the climbs that have captured my imagination, have taken me out of myself, gripped with fear, shattered with exhaustion, or filled with wonder just to be there. If they stimulate and motivate others to take a step into the unknown, then this book will have been of some value".
Format: 23,5 cm x 31 cm
Illustrations: splendid book with hundreds of colour photographs.
From choosing equipment to how to tie a particular knot; from basic rappelling technique to planning an expedition; it's all here in this essential mountaineering reference.
- More than 500,000 copies sold in previous editions
- Written by a team of more than 40 experts
- Fully revised to reflect evolution in mountaineering equipment and technique
- Expanded Ten Essentials list
- All 415 illustrations updated and redrawn
- New chapters on
. Waterfall ice climbing and mixed climbing
. Physical conditioning
. Access and land stewardship
. And much more
- Now includes a glossary of climbing terms
Pages: 574Format: 18,5cm x 22,5 cm
In the 50 years since the first ascent of Mount Everest, more than a thousand climbers have successfully made it to the summit. They have perched on the roof of the world to drink in a lofty view that's unique on Earth.
But attaining that pinnacle has never been easy. More than 170 climbers have died on Everest's slopes and lie there still, in icy rest.
Everest historian Audrey Salkeld recounts riveting climbs of adventure and danger, of the famous and the failed. In each, she captures the irresistible lure of the summit-that powerful pull that keeps people from all over the world climbing Everest.
No. of pages: 128
Size: 20,5 cm x 26 cm
Illustrations: lots of b&w and colour photos
HALF A CENTURY AGO, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first to stand atop Mount Everest and gaze outward from the highest point on our planet. Nearly 50 years later, David Breashears, the first American to stand on the Roof of the World twice and a veteran of nine Himalayan filmmaking expeditions, agreed to lead an international team of climbers, scientists, and MacGillivray Freeman filmmakers on an attempt to install the world's highest global positioning system and weather station, and capture the culture and adventure that surround this monolithic icon with IMAX technology.
It took two years to perfect the specially modified 48-pound IMAX camera and the team who would work to get it to the summit (determined in 1999 to be a height of 28,035 feet). It took two months to acclimate to the thin air and prepare for the final assault on the Death Zone. And in barely two terrifying days the mountain claimed eight lives and turned the expedition team into eyewitnesses and lifesavers, caught up in a tragedy that made headlines around the world. But Everest is a tale of triumph not tragedy, a chronicle of courage and cooperation. Breashears and the team rose to the challenge and completed their goal, and brought back the first ever footage shot with an IMAX camera from the top of the world.
No. of pages: 256Size: 22,5 cm x 29,5 cmIllustrations: lots of colour photos
On 29 May 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay stood atop the highest mountain in the world, where no one had ever stood before. This magnificent volume celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of their historic climb, and chronicles the history of Everest exploration from the early years of the twentieth century to the present. It is the first and only book on the subject to benefit from complete access to the Royal Geographical Society's astonishingly rich collection of photographs, documents, and artefacts.Painstakingly selected from over 20.000 subjects, more than 400 photographs - many never before published - record the surveying, planning, reconnaissance expeditions, and ascents that the Royal Geographical Society and the Alpine Club jointly launched - beginning in 1921 and culminating in Hillary and Norgay's landmark feat. Among the memorable photographs reproduced here are the first aerial views of Mount Everest; the last known photograph of George Mallory and Andrew Irvine, who perished soon afterward on the slopes of Everest; Hillary's iconic photograph of Tenzing Norgay standing triumphant on Everest's summit; images showing the daily experience of expedition members along with the dangers they faced; portraits of the life and customs of the Sherpas and the other Tibetan peoples; and the spectacular beauty of the Everest massif itself.These unique and breathtaking images are prefaced by Sir Edmund Hillary and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and are accompanied by chapters written by renowned mountaineer Step hen Venables; the well-known mountain journalist and climber Ed Douglas; Judy and Tashi Tenzing, grandson of the famed Sherpa Tenzing Norgay; and noted historian John Keay.The result is a work of lasting significance that captures as never before the sense of discovery, excitement, achievement, and exhilaration experienced over the years by those who are brave and determined enough to challenge the world's greatest mountain.
As modern technical climbing evolves into numerous specialised sub-sports and the hardest climbing is pushed to increasingly high standards, we find an extraordinary, multi-faceted sport being practised
at the most spectacular places on earth.
But what is it all about? What drives climbers to attempt the world's great natural challenges? Where are some of the best places in the world to do it? And how on earth did the Huber brothers manage their record speed ascents of Yosemite's El Capitan? With stunning photography, World Climbing: Images from the Edge gives answers to these questions and much more. World Climbing: Images from the Edge is a visual celebration of modern technical climbing by one of the sport's foremost photographers, Simon Carter. Without Hollywood tricks or special effects, Carter gives us a good, hard honest look at modern technical climbing at its finest.
This extensive work features over ninety different climbers and twenty-nine climbing areas from twelve countries. It covers climbing from its easiest to its hardest but above all its best. So hold on tight as we see how the reality of modern technical climbing is even more amazing than Cliff Hanger and Vertical Limit ever lead us to believe.
Pages: 192Format: 26cm x 29cm
Some of the world's leading mountaineers describe 50 spectacular peaks from around teh globe - their routes, their challenges, their climbing history, as well as compelling climbing experiences to inspire all who are enthralled by these most awesome of nature's creations.
europe: Ben Nevis, Mont Blanc, Eiger, matterhorn, Triglav, Marmolada e.a.artic & north america: Mount Asgard, Mount Mc.Kinley, Mount Logan, El Capitan, Grand Teton, e.a.south america: Aconcagua, Cerro Torre, Chimborazo, e.a.antarctica: Vinson massief, Mount Pagetindonesia & ocania: Carstenz Pyramyd, Kinabalu, Mount Tutoko e.a.asia, korea & japan: K2, Naga Parbat, Mount Everest e.a.africa: Mount Kenya, Kilimanjaro, Toubkal, e.a.
Pages.: 304Format: 23 cm x 29,5 cmLanguage: English