Though this book is subtitled Climbing with a Color Camera, it should not be pigeon-holed for the picture book market or the photography addict, important though those aspects of this beautiful book may be. Gorgeous pictures -- 57 plates in full color- with captions that expand the content of the text, this will delight anyone who loves mountains anywhere. The Himalayas, the ""hills"" of Scotland, England and Wales, the Swiss Alps, the hills and mountains of North America- a far flung record of expeditions with one of the foremost mountaineers of our times as guide. Here is a contagiously shared passion, given a lively sense of personal adventure and misadventure through anecdotal flavor and a vivid sense of beauties seen and drama experienced. The sections are brief-but the whole forms a superb kaleidoscope of the world's great peaks. The perfect gift for those who share hi enthusiasm, and a book for continued enjoyment after the holiday impetus to sales has passed.