Alpinist Magazine Issue 57 - Spring 2017
* Mountain Profile: Jannu, the Sleeping Warrior
In Alpinist 24, the great Russian alpinist Valery Babanov declared, "Any ascent of Jannu is a leap into the unknown, and the unpredictability of the result grows geometrically with the increasing difficulty of the line.... Any path to Jannu would require the surpassing of ourselves." On the Nepali side of the Kangchenjunga Himal, near the border with India, this 7710-meter summit remains one of the most challenging peaks in the world. Paul Hersey and Andrew Lindblade chronicle stories of decades of climbers who have confronted its unique dangers and otherworldly allure. Graeme Dingle, Naoe Sakashita and Sergey Kofanov provide their own perspectives on its steep, icy walls - while local guide Dawa Sherpa describes what it's like to live and work near the base of a mountain sacred to his culture.
* To Abandon
Gwen Moffat, Britain's first female mountain guide, became legendary for her dirtbag life in the mid-twentieth century. Decades later, a young poet, Claire Carter, turns to Moffat for inspiration as she sets out on a journey through the American West to understand what it really means to abandon everything for the mountains.
* Threshold Shift
In 2003, when Nick Bullock quits his steady job to climb and write full-time, his parents sell their house and move into a boat to wander the British canals. Thirteen years later, faced with the deaths of climbing friends, the loss of his mother, and the uncertainties of Brexit, he returns from Tibet to help his aging father and to weigh the cost of dreams.
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Cordee Code: ALP057
No of Pages: 106
Page Size: 230 x 275 mm
Publisher: Alpinist (Publishers Press) Holand
Published Date: February 2017
Edition: Spring 2017
Illustrations: col photos