Colour Photographs / Maps. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo 0948153857 Dust jacket complete, unclipped. Original cloth boards with bright gilt titling on spine. Bump to lower edge. Illustrated end papers. No ownership marks. Numerous photographs colour & bw, maps. 431 pages clean and tight. In this 111th volume of the A/pine Journal the focus is on Tibet and those mountainous regions of western China that have proved such a magnet for adventurous alpinists in recent years. For starters, there are accounts by Mick Fowler of his and Chris Watts' first ascent of Kajaqiao, with the customary Fowler quota of suffering, Ed Douglas on his nervy climb with Duncan Tunstall on the north face of Xiashe, an AC party pioneering on Dobzebo in the Transhimalaya, and the insatiably curious Tamotsu Nakamura penetrating further into the vast Nyainquentangla East. As the AC approaches its 150th anniversary in 2007, these routes exemplify the undimmed zest for exploration within its membership. Other outstanding achievements of 2005 were an ascent of the central pillar of Nanga Parbat's Rupal Face by Steve House and Vince Anderson, the fulfilment of a dream for John and Anne Arran on Angel Falls, and what is generally accepted as the first ascent of Cerro Torre's north face-confounding Cesare Maestri's claim of 1959. All are featured here, along with new climbs by Simon Yates, Pat Littlejohn, Julie-Ann Clyma and Roger Payne, Nick Bullock...the list goes on. Doug Scott regrets an abdication of common humanity on circus Everest, Victor Saunders bids farewell to the collapsed Bonatti Pillar. Tibet, though, seems omnipresent. Geologist Mike Searle examines the make-up of its upwardly mobile mountains, while John Dugger details the role of the Dalai Lama and the influence of Tibetan art in the creation of his celebrated Mountain Banners. Finally Tibet looms large in the story of the man who first put the country at the heart of a bestseller, an AC honorary member who died this year, Heinrich Harrer.
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