Mirrors in the cliffs

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Menasha Ridge Press, Oct 1, 1983 - Games - 704 pages
This book puts together a substantial collection of mountaineering essays, extracts, commentaries, interviews, cartoons, poems, and photographs -- well over a hundred pieces in all. The editor, mountaineering journalist Jim Perrin, has drawn from a wide range of subject matter covering an international spectrum of climbing activity. British, American, Continental, Australasian, and women's writing are all well represented here. Alpine and Himalayan peaks rub shoulders with Australian rockclimbs, American bouldering areas, Alaskan and Patagonian spires, and English sea-cliffs.

But Mirrors in the Cliffs, like its predecessor The Games Climbers Play, does not merely assemble accounts of climbing in different venues, it also seeks to reflect the style and milieu of climbers' lives. The aim of the book is to represent a vigorously modern outlook on the sport in all its aspects. It does not, however, ignore the best of the older writers. Thus, a splendidly up-to-date set-piece of Yosemite big walls by the young Australian writer Greg Child, Coast to Coast on the Granite Slasher, stands juxtaposed to John Menlove Edwards' 1937 classic and disturbing essay End of a Climb.

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A thoughtfully put together anthology of climbing stories. Covers rock, ice, crags, big walls and mountains (there's also a piece on the fine art of tree climbing). The book kicks off with the ... Read full review


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