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On the Heights

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Walter Bonatti, the leading post-war Italian alpinist completed On the Heights, his first set of memoirs, in 1961. It was subsequently published in Britain in 1964. Many of Bonatti's earlier climbs are described in this book, including first ascent accounts of such major alpine set-pieces as the East Face of Grand Capucin, the Grand Pilier de Angle, the Red Pillar of Broulliard and the magnificent South-West Pillar of the Drus. Bonatti's account of his solo ascent of this latter route which came to be known as the Bonatti Pillar, ranks as one of the great passages of alpine description matching one of the boldest climbs ever achieved.
Other chapters in the book deal with the mountaineer's expeditions - his early attempt on Cerro Torre; his vital support role during the first ascent of K2 and his part in the first ascent of the very difficult Gasherbrum 4. The book ends with a moving account of the ill-fated attempt to climb the Central Pillar of Freney in 1962. A large group of climbers were overtaken by a storm high on the route and in the subsequent desperate retreat, four of Bonatti's six companions died of exhaustion and cold.
Bonatti's later climbs, no less difficult and no less eventful are described in a sequel The Great Days, but it is On the Heights that chronicles the ascents that established him as the pre-eminent alpinist of his generation - indeed one of the greatest climbers of all time.

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Author(s):
Walter Bonatti
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
1979
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
090637104X
ISBN-13:
9780906371046
Number of pages:
248
Publisher:
Diadem
Title:
On the Heights

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Walter Bonatti, the leading post-war Italian alpinist completed On the Heights, his first set of memoirs, in 1961. It was subsequently published in Britain in 1964. Many of Bonatti's earlier climbs are described in this book, including first ascent accounts of such major alpine set-pieces as the East Face of Grand Capucin, the Grand Pilier de Angle, the Red Pillar of Broulliard and the magnificent South-West Pillar of the Drus. Bonatti's account of his solo ascent of this latter route which came to be known as the Bonatti Pillar, ranks as one of the great passages of alpine description matching one of the boldest climbs ever achieved.
Other chapters in the book deal with the mountaineer's expeditions - his early attempt on Cerro Torre; his vital support role during the first ascent of K2 and his part in the first ascent of the very difficult Gasherbrum 4. The book ends with a moving account of the ill-fated attempt to climb the Central Pillar of Freney in 1962. A large group of climbers were overtaken by a storm high on the route and in the subsequent desperate retreat, four of Bonatti's six companions died of exhaustion and cold.
Bonatti's later climbs, no less difficult and no less eventful are described in a sequel The Great Days, but it is On the Heights that chronicles the ascents that established him as the pre-eminent alpinist of his generation - indeed one of the greatest climbers of all time.

Author(s):
Walter Bonatti
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
1979
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
090637104X
ISBN-13:
9780906371046
Number of pages:
248
Publisher:
Diadem
Title:
On the Heights

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