CHALLENGE by William Robert- Ed Irwin


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Subtitled ""An Anthology of the Literature of Mountaineering"", twenty five accounts, both factual and fictional, by men who are not only good climbers but also good writers, give the reader and armchair mountaineer a break that he will gratefully receive. Since there have been quite a number of fairly technical and semi-historical books on mountaineering published recently, it is important to stress the wider popular appeal of this volume, which contains all the hoped for adventure, from eye witness thrills in ""The Conquest of Minya Konka"" to fictional perils prepared by John Buchan in ""How I Stalked Wilder Game than Deer"". The emphasis upon readability still retains many of the names famous in the sport, Whymper, Mummery, members of the Sikong Expedition, as well as such well known writers as Thoreau and Evelyn Waugh. A well spiced collection.

Pub Date: May 15th, 1950
Publisher: Columbia University