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Cloud Walkers Hardcover – January 1, 1966

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Macmillan (1966)
  • ASIN: B000HZ4UNG
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,379,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a wonderful book of mountaineering daring-do from mid-twentieth-century. It tells the story of significant Canadian mountaineering epics by discussing five mountains and their events of interest. All stories are told climber to climber, so those not familiar with at least armchair mountaineering might find the understated style somewhat perplexing. Let me assure you, the feats depicted are those of giants!

- Mount Logan, first ascent 1925 - The opening story and the strongest in the book. What an amazing feat this first ascent was, stretched over 67 days and possibly the greatest mountaineering ascent of the decade - and Paddy Sherman does an excellent job of telling the story with an understated style that will work well for folks familiar with mountaineering. For me, the story is enhanced by having spent two days at 17.2 on Denali - so I can appreciate how functioning after a week of storms up there is dumbfounding!

- Mount Waddington, first ascent 1936 - a fascinating story, covering the numerous early explorations and attempts, and finally Wiessner and House's FA.

- Mount Slesse, air disaster in 1956 - mostly about 50's aviation and the plane that mysteriously flew into Mt Slesse, and the discovery of the plane and parts - a saga that involved the author and his mountaineering friends.

- Mount Robson, mistaken first ascent 1909, subsequent early ascents - again, an interesting story of quirky characters fighting what was a grand wilderness. The early climbers had an epic time of it, and thought they had reached the top, but later ascents make this unlikely. Paddy tells the tale(s) with care.

- A Great Climber Dies: a Hiker Lives - is the story of a tragedy and rescue on a lesser peak, told with great charm.
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