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Conquistadors of the Useless
From the Alps to Annapurna

Format Book Category Narratives
Title Conquistadors of the Useless  Pages 350 
Author Lionel Terray  RRP  
Publisher Mountaineers Books  Reviews
Edition Reprint edition (May 2001)  Ave Rating ***** (5.00 of 5)


User Comments
Mad Dog
It's been over 20 years since I've read this, so the detail are fuzzy, but the impressions are not. This is an all-time classic. What it captures is the spirit of the climber and it is expressed in concise phrases and sentences that add an element of art not often found in the climbing literature.

I made the mistake of loaning my copy out to a friend that decided to keep it when he moved out of town. I would say I wish his nuts would fall off but obviously, he has none. 
Yep. One of the best. Get a copy. Read it. Read it again. 
Perhaps the best book on mountaineering I've read - certainly up there with
the very best. Exceptional translating bring's Terray's writing alive in English,
while still conveying a fantastic impression of his personal insights, ethics and
French perspective. Beautifully written, insightful and thoughtful, it makes me
wish I could pay him to guide me up a few of his humbler routes, and get to
know him a little. While he is writing covers his climbing about mid-1940's to
about 1960, it feels fresh and relevant, and I think any climber can identify
with his thoughts, struggles, and physical and mental challenges. Fantastic.

Now available as an ebook on Amazon for $5.81... very hard to beat :-) 

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