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Lightweight, but better than an in-flight magazine...
on July 11, 2012
This is a fairly short, breezy and somewhat banal read that at least fills an hour or two of a long international flight. There is somewhat more about the author's drinking exploits and banter with like-minded colleagues before and after his climbs than much in the way of technical climbing detail, but at least it moves along quickly and doesn't have the self-important faux-philosophy many mountaineering and alpine writers fall victim to. I was also interested to read what I think is the first (albeit muted) criticism of George Mallory (in reference to his reconnaissance of Everest and inability to find what the author considers obvious routes) who is virtually deified in most writing of this nature. It would have been interesting to read a more detailed account/opinion from the author on Mallory's preparation and reconnaissance for his Everest climbs and a bit less of the banter, but for the price I can't really complain.
Overall, OK for the price for the reader with an interest in mountaineering or the Himalayas looking for an inexpensive time-filler not requiring much in the way of critical thought.