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Chris Bonington Mountaineer – 2016 Edition

A lifetime of climbing the great mountains of the world

Paperback (256pp)
  • Paperback £20.00
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Revised 2016 Edition, featuring five new chapters

Chris Bonington Mountaineer is a photographic autobiography, documenting over sixty years of climbing the world’s most beautiful and challenging mountains. Few climbers can match Bonington’s climbing achievements. He is one of the most accomplished and respected climbers in the world.

In this 2016 revised edition, which features over 500 photographs, we are given a frank perspective into the surreal, majestic and occasionally tragic corners of his incredible mountaineering career. Whether in the Arctic, the jungle or on an 8,000-metre peak, Bonington’s stunning photography and engaging conversational prose take us through the detail of daily life on expedition, the action of the climbing and the grandeur of the mountains.

From his foundations – climbing in Snowdonia, the English Lake District, and the Highlands of Scotland – Bonington takes us to the Alps and on his expedition apprenticeship in 1960s Nepal. This quickly leads to trips to Patagonia, the Karakoram, the Amazon, Baffin Island and the River Nile, before the meat of his career on the big walls and 8,000-metre peaks of the Himalaya – with his leadership of the expeditions that made the first ascents of the south face of Annapurna in 1970 and the south-west face of Everest in 1975, and culminating in his own ascent of Everest in 1985. The greatest challenge and survival story of all is his first ascent and epic descent of The Ogre in Pakistan with Doug Scott. Bonington’s undying hunger for adventure leads to later exploratory trips to Greenland, India and Morocco, and a return to the scene of one of his defining first ascents, the Old Man of Hoy, with world-class adventure climber Leo Houlding.

The result is a penetrating insight into the motivations and fears of a driven climber who set out year after year from a life of comfort and success to test himself amongst the world’s most savage mountains. Chris Bonington Mountaineer is a must for anyone with a passion for exploration, mountains or climbing.

Born in 1934, Chris Bonington – mountaineer, writer, photographer and lecturer – started climbing at the age of sixteen in 1951. It has been his passion ever since. He made the first British ascent of the north face of the Eiger and led the expedition that made the first ascent of the south face of Annapurna, the biggest and most difficult climb in the Himalaya at the time. He went on to lead the expedition that made the first ascent of the south-west face of Everest in 1975, when Doug Scott and Dougal Haston became the first Britons to summit, and he reached the summit of Everest himself in 1985 with a Norwegian expedition. He has written seventeen books, fronted numerous television programmes and has lectured to the public and corporate audiences all over the world. He received a knighthood in 1996 for services to mountaineering, was president of the Council for National Parks for eight years, and is the non-executive chairman of Berghaus and a chancellor of Lancaster University.

  • Title: Chris Bonington Mountaineer
  • Sub-title: A lifetime of climbing the great mountains of the world
  • Imprint: Vertebrate Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-910240-77-9
  • Rights: Worldwide
  • Publication: 7 November 2016
  • Edition: Revised Edition (2016)
  • Author: Chris Bonington
  • Foreword: Leo Houlding
  • Classification: Climbing and mountaineering (WSZG); Autobiography: sport (BGSA); United Kingdom: Great Britain (1DBK); Alps (1DFHA); Himalaya (1FKAH)
  • Size: 246mm x 189mm
  • Extent: 256 pages, full colour throughout
  • Cover: Paperback (with flaps) 
  • Retail price: £20.00

Praise for the first edition of Chris Bonington Mountaineer

‘Very few books have been published that illustrate comprehensively the mountaineering struggle in its tight arena of stark challenging savagery, and provide some hint of the sheer scale of the peaks and a feeling for their moods.’ – Ken Wilson

‘A gem, both in terms of climbing history and pure scenic mountain photographic art.’The New York Times

‘A visual triumph!’ – Stephen Venables, Alpine Club Journal

‘A coffee table book par excellence. The photos, well chosen and admirably reproduced, constantly remind us of the reasons we go to the mountains … Bonington’s life story is by definition exciting and unique.’ – Steve Roper, American Alpine Journal

‘Chris Bonington Mountaineer is an easy and visually stimulating read and a fitting memoir for an adventure-driven man whom time and life experience has both made celebrity and ultimately mellowed.’
– Mike Nash, Cloudburst magazine

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