Postcards from the Ledge: Collected Mountaineering Writings of Greg Child

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Mountaineers, 1998 - Sports & Recreation - 222 pages
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Child's tongue-in-cheek style is very much on display here in stories that reveal climbing's other face. His description of the daily habits of mountaineers on expedition (who don't bathe for months) is both disgusting and horrifyingly funny. A post-climb fiasco in the offices of petty Pakistani bureaucrats proves that not all epics take place on high mountain faces. Falling off a rock climb in front of his mother is an exercise in humility. Child takes up controversy with the same keen insight. His investigation of Tomo Cesen's claimed first ascent of Lhotse's south wall is considered the definitive report on this controversial event. A hard look at the media frenzy around the death of Alison Hargreaves on K2 evolves into a brilliant, impassioned defense of a friend. He also speaks out on the money and media-driven expeditions that now crowd Everest.

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Foreword by Joe Simpson
Matters of Technique
Travels in LaLa Lands

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Greg Child lives in Moab, Utah.

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