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Conquistadors of the Useless

From the Alps to Annapurna


Lionel Terray was one of the most colourful characters of the mountaineering world, his writing true to his uncompromising and jubilant love for mountains.
Terray was one of the greatest alpinists of his time, and his autobiography is one of the finest and most important mountaineering books ever written. Climbing with legends Gaston Rebuffat, Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal, Terray made first ascents in the Alps, Alaska, the Andes and the Himalaya. He was at the centre of global mountaineering at a time when Eruope was emerging from the shadow of the Second World War and he came out a hero. Conquistadors of the Useless tells of his war-time escapades, of life as an Alpine mountain guide, and of his climbs - including the second ascent of the Eiger North Face and his involvement in the first ever ascent of an 8,000 metre peak, Annapurna.
His tales capture the energy of French post-war optimism, a time when France needed to re-assert herself and when climbing triumphs were more valued than at any other time in history.
Terray's death, in the Vercors, robbed mountaineering of one of its most passionate and far-sighted figures. His energy, so obvious in Conquistadors of the Useless, will inspire for generations to come. A mountaineering classic.

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Cordee Code: CPB180
Author: Lionel Terray
No of Pages: 480
Page Size: 129 x 198 mm
ISBN 10: 1912560216
ISBN 13: 9781912560219
Publisher: Vertebrate Publishing
Published Date: May 2020
Edition: New Edition
Binding: Paperback
Illustrations: Black & White Diagrams
Weight: 400g

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