"Lonely Challenge" By Hermann Buhl
by OldMack on September 22, 2011Hermann Buhl was one of the great mountain climbers of the 20th Century. In his autobiographical book he gives us a detailed account of his training, self discipline, and some of the most remarkable climbs in Europe. He saves his expedition to the Karakorum for the last chapter and before getting to it, your finger tips will be bleeding and your toes frost bitten; that's how explicit Buhl made his description of his climbs in the Austrian, Italian, french and Swiss Alps. He shares both his techniques and his emotional responses so the reader feels roped to Buhl and his partners.
There are some outstanding photographs of the Marmolot in the Dolomites, the North Face of the Eiger and the many gendarms and needles on Mount Blanch accompanying the text. Then too, there's Nanga Parbat.
Preparation for the expedition was enlightening; it was then a logistical nightmare as challenging as the climb itself. We lost sight of all that after the numerous climbs on Everest.
This English translation of Hermann Buhl's narrative is faithful to the original text.
Whether you are a climber or an armchair adventurer you will be more than satisfied with this book.
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