Climbing Essays

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Neil Wilson Publishing, Apr 30, 2011 - Literary Collections - 336 pages
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Long recognised as one of Britain's finest mountain writers, this collection brings together the best of Jim Perrin's essays and articles on climbing.Perrin has selected these from four decades of describing and commenting on the experience of rock-climbing and the characters of the climbing community and includes rare, uncollected pieces, substantial new essays, ones that have been long out of print, and a lengthy and frank autobiographical introduction from one of the wild and subversive cult and grassroots figures of the British sport.Contents: Introduction: by Robert Macfarlane (author of Guardian First Book Award-winner Mountains of the Mind)1: Streets, Outcrops, Space: A Personal Journey2: The Climbs: Street Illegal; The Gate of Horn; Right Unconquerable; Fictive Heroes; Visions and Virians; Three Cornish Climbs; Cathy Powell; Fools Rush In; Fantan B; Small Climbs in Germany; Hubris; The True & Authentick History of Fachwen; The Great Crack; Small Local Difficulties; Day Trip to Dalkey; A Note on Commitment; Lizards & Rampant ; Hippos; Handy Pandy; Bogles & Bog-trots; In Dreams Begins Responsibility.3: The Climbers: Paul Williams; Joe Brown; Will Perrin; Stevie Haston; Al Harris; H.W.Tilman;Batso & the American Dream; John Hoyland; Pat Littlejohn; Robin Hodgkin; Peter Biven; Dave Cook; Johnny Lees; My Last Climb with George Homer; John Syrett; The Ice-climbers; Eric Shipton; Jack Longland; John Redhead.4: Ascent: Eating Bear Meat; Trains, Cafes, Conversations; The Way the Holds Run; Fear is the Spur; Contumely of the Conquistadors; Grace; The Lost and Perfect Hold; Grade Drift; The Night Moves; The Way You Climb is the Way You Are; Fictions; Person/Product/Practise; Silk of the Body; No Success Like Failure; Base Camps; The Way & the Outcrop; Very Severe; In Praise of Competence; Image/Imagine; Working on the Rope Moves; Ours; A Valediction (Forbidding Mourning); Rain; Charming Cracks; The Overgrown; Confidence; Moves; Version and Verse; "Denn bleiben ist nirgends"; Kaleidoscope of the Senses; For Arnold Pines.

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User Review  - tonidew - LibraryThing

At times the early essays can be overwritten but they are always thoughtful and ii's interesting to see his voice developing. His account of coming round from a chemical high in a hideous situation while climbing solo, without protection, still brings me out in a cold sweat. Read full review


Introduction by Robert Macfarlane
Closing on Darkness
Three Cornish Climbs
Fools Rush
The Gate of Horn
In Search of Times Past
MyLast Climb with GeorgeHomer 6 Exploring Eric Shipton
Big Cat John Redhead
The Essential JackLongland 9 afamily of GhostsRecollections of Peter Biven
Prankster Maniac HeroSaint and Fool Al Harris
Johnnie Lees Space Below His Feet
Stevie Haston Wild at Heart
The CharacterLife and timesofHW Tilman
The Only Genuine JoeA Tribute

Welsh Slate Rock the Art of Abstraction with Will Perrin
Fictive Heroes 18 A True and Authentic History and Description of Fachwen 19 Small Personal Difficulties
Beinn aChaoruinn and The Vision of Glory
The Climbers
Peter Crew the wayyou climbisthe wayyou are 2 John Hoyland TheMissing Dates 3 Batso the American Dream
The Ice Climbers
Cathy Powell A Character Rewritten
On Climbing like
Eating Bear Meat 2 Trains Cafés Conversations 3 Contumely ofthe Conquistadors 4 After the Funeral 5 In Praise of Competence
Grade Drift
On Three Historical Images 8 Whats goodis bad whats bad is good

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About the author (2011)

Jim Perrin is a writer, broadcaster and photographer who has been described as "the most outstanding prose writer of present-day Wales." His travels on a Harley, across the USA were recently published in the "Daily Telegraph" under the title "High on the Hog."

"From the Hardcover edition.

Robert Macfarlane is the author of Landmarks which made the Samuel Johnson Prize 2015 shortlist.

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