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Bâton Wicks Doug Scott - Himalayan Climber

Doug Scott - Himalayan Climber


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".



Pages: 192

Format: 23,5 cm x 31 cm

Illustrations: splendid book with hundreds of colour photographs.

Language: English


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Mountaineering The Freedom of the Hills

Mountaineering  The Freedom of the Hills

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:  574
Format: 18,5cm x 22,5 cm


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World Climbing Images from the edge.

World Climbing 
Images from the edge.

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: 192
Format: 26cm x 29cm

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World Mountaineering

World Mountaineering

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 Paget
indonesia & 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.: 304
Format: 23 cm x 29,5 cm
Language: English