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The Boys of Everest: Chris Bonington and the Tragedy of Climbing's Greatest Generation
 
 
Author
Clint Willis.
Publisher DaCapo  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.2 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
ISBN 9780786720248
Pages/Publication Date 534/2006
Daedalus Item Code 32950
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In the decades after the 1953 conquest of Everest, a band of climbers essentially reinvented mountaineering, taking increasingly terrible risks on now-legendary expeditions to the world's most fearsome peaks. Their leader was the boyish, fanatically driven Chris Bonington, and his inner circle, who came to be known as Bonington's Boys, included a dozen climbers among the sport's "greatest generation." Most of Bonington's Boys died in the mountains, leaving behind the hardest question of all: Was it worth it? Based on interviews with surviving climbers and other individuals, as well as other original sources, Clint Willis's riveting book provides the closest thing to an answer that we're likely to have.

"Journalist and mountain-climber Willis profiles elder statesman Bonington and such climbing legends as the truculent working-class prodigy Don Whillan, the austere ex-seminarian Joe Tasker and the perpetually brooding Dougal Haston, 'a beatnik's idea of a Romance poet.' Their ethos of anti-establishment authenticity drove them to extreme climbs in which smaller teams working with minimal gear tackled harder routes under riskier conditions. Willis narrates almost step-by-step retracings of their ascents; they dodge falling rocks, freeze and hallucinate, dangle from fraying ropes and slip heart-stoppingly into crevasses."Publishers Weekly

 
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