Among Secret Beauties: A Memoir of Mountaineering in New by Brian Wilkins

By Brian Wilkins

mountaineering entered the realm degree within the Nineteen Fifties: this used to be the period that produced not just Sir Edmund Hillary yet a robust physique of world-class New Zealand climbers. during this vital and dramatic publication Brian Wilkins, who was once a part of the journey, stocks his reports of mountain climbing within the Southern Alps and the Himalayas. through the New Zealand Alpine membership day trip to the Himalayas in 1954, the yr after Everest, Wilkins was once the climber such a lot heavily linked to Hillary. Hillary’s slender escapes from loss of life in the course of the excursion observed Wilkins in a distinct place to gauge the nature and activities of this mythical determine at a formative degree within the well-known climber’s occupation. Wilkins’ New Zealand mountain climbing comprises the 1st ascent of the northeast ridge of Mt Aspiring, a gripping drama of survival and human persistence and a attempt of the ethics of mountain climbing. during this account he additionally submits the writings of his contemporaries to powerful severe awareness, writing with hot light humour, honesty and insight.

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