Sacred Summits: A Climber’s Year – Peter Boardman

Sacred Summits: A Climber's Year - Peter Boardman
Sacred Summits: A Climber’s Year – Peter Boardman

Career mountaineerĀ Peter Boardman‘s account of the three alpine-style climbs he completed in 1978/1979: South Face of the Carstenz Pyramid in the Snow Mountains of New Guinea, the North Ridge of Kangchenjunga without oxygen, and Gauri Sankar’s South Summit.

Lots of honest introspection about group dynamics and what drives men (and if I’ve one criticism of this book is that in places it shows its age in how women feature and are talked about) to obsess about getting to the tops of mountains, and how, for some, age mellows that obsession into a love of just being in the mountains and becomes more balanced with a love of family and friends.

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