by Sir Chris Bonington
Editor: Simon & Schuster Ltd
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GREAT BRITAIN IS THE GREATEST CLIMBER”He is the David Attenborough of mountaineeringBonington’s most personal memoirs for the time being’ The Time”It’s fascinating with strength and enduranceThe Sunday Times, It is the icon of the British climbingThe Daily Mirror “These well-documented chapters of Chris’s life read like the pages of an epic saga with the whole battle and victory, triumph and tragedy, love and loss expected of a mythical heroLeo Houlding Bonington was a fabulous and very creative climber.He brought Great Britain to be a leading nation of climbersReinhold Messner will take Sir Chris Bonington’s Ascension memory not only to his many victories in the world of climbing – like the Eiger, and the Himalayas, but also the struggles he encountered in his life, raising a family, and maintaining a successful and loving marriage over the decades to travel the world to conquer the mountainsHe undertook nineteen Himalayan expeditions, including four from Everest which he climbed in 1985 at the age of fifty, and made many first ascents in the Alps and more beaches of the worldAlong the way we will be fascinated by his many daring climbs, near the death of adventures and many mountain leaders, the brotherhood he rode with, and in some cases – witness to their death on the rockThe mercurial Dougal Haston; the legendary robustness Don Whillans, the rock philosopher Stephen Venables, and the enigmatic Doug Scott, plus much more, this will be the opinion of an expert on the past sixty years, from British/world of mountaineeringIn the Ascension Chris also explains his first wife (Wendy), who tragically died after a long battle with motor neuron disease – his many years of taking care of her, and then, at dusk of his life to decide to return to an icon of the ascension of his past – The Old Man
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