Freedom Climbers

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Rocky Mountain Books Ltd, 2011 - History - 351 pages
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Winner! 2012 American Alpine Club Literary Prize (USA)

Winner! 2011 Munday Award, Banff Mountain Festival (CANADA)

Winner! 2011 Boardman Tasker Prize, Kendal Mountain Festival (UNITED KINGDOM)

Freedom Climbers葉he most honoured book of mountaineering literature published in Canada葉ells the story of a group of extraordinary Polish adventurers who emerged from under the blanket of oppression following the Second World War to become the world's leading Himalayan climbers. Although they lived in a dreary, war-ravaged landscape, with seemingly no hope of creating a meaningful life, these curious, motivated and skilled mountaineers created their own free-market economy under the very noses of their Communist bosses and climbed their way to liberation. At a time when Polish citizens were locked behind the Iron Curtain, these intrepid explorers found a way to travel the world in search of extreme adventure葉o Alaska, South America and Europe, but mostly to the highest and most inspiring mountains of the world. To this end, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and Nepal became their second homes as they evolved into the toughest group of Himalayan climbers the world has ever known.

  

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Review: Freedom Climbers

User Review  - Tomek - Goodreads

A nice history of the "Golden Age" of Polish Himalayan climbing. Personally, I don't know of any others. I do have a few criticisms, though. First, I found it irksome that McDonald only focused on 3 ... Read full review

Review: Freedom Climbers

User Review  - Hanna - Goodreads

A great book and a must-read for the non-Polish climbing fans. Unfortunately if one read already even some of the Polish books on high mountin climbing,especially those written by the climbers themselves, this one will be slightly boring. Read full review

Contents

Prologue
7
Chapter Two ClimbingPolitics
31
Chapter Three Climbers withoutBorders
55
Chapter Five Hat Trick on Everest
75
Chapter Six Solidarity to Martial Law
96
Chapter Seven Together orAlone
128
Chapter Eight The Third Man
151
Chapter Ten Mountain ofMisery
194
Chapter Eleven Forged in Steel
217
Chapter Twelve Himalayan Rosary
243
Chapter Thirteen Fallen Giant
258
Chapter Fifteen Last Climb
287
Chapter Sixteen The Loneliest Crown
312
Acknowledgements
329
Select Bibliography and Sources
342
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About the author (2011)

Bernadette McDonald teaches Sociology in Cavan Institute.

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