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The Alpine Journal 2015: Volume 119

The Alpine Journal 2015: Volume 119 (Hardback)

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This, the 152nd publication of the Alpine Journal, takes you on a selection of significant first ascents of 2014, from Antarctica to Greenland, Europe to High Asia; on adventures in rock climbing, mountaineering and exploration of the high mountains of the continents. The volume includes the first ascent of Gasherbrum V, exploration of a hard-to-reach granite cirque in Alaska, hard climbing on unexplored cliffs of Greenland only reachable by sailboat, and descriptions of still-unclimbed peaks in Tibet and South America. Area notes from local experts in mountainous regions around the world give inspiration as well as the recent developments.History and science are, as always, well attended and include the history of mountain guiding in the Golden Age of mountaineering; new light on what might have happened on K2's first ascent; stereographic photography in the Victorian era, and the prevalence of algae in the mountains. To celebrate the first ascent of the Matterhorn, Robin Campbell has curated and discussed a collection of early drawings of the mountain.

Roger Birnstingl gives us previously untranslated letters from the scandalised Italians on the race for the first ascent of the Cervino; Ian Smith tells us about Whymper in the aftermath of the first ascent; John Cleare goes back 50 years in his story of the centenary ascent with the BBC.

Reference & ResearchEncyclopaedias & reference worksReference worksYearbooks, annuals, almanacsSport & HobbiesSports & outdoor recreationClimbing & mountaineering Publisher: Alpine Club Publication Date: 16/10/2015 ISBN-13: 9780956930941  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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The editorial team this year is Susan Jensen and Ed Douglas. Ed is a writer, editor and climber. A past winner of the Boardman Tasker Award, he is the author of eight books on mountaineering, travel and adventure, including the first full-length biography of Tenzing Norgay and recently published Statement: The Ben Moon story. Susan is a climber and statistician with a passion for Scottish winter and expeditions; she is one of the few British females to have a first ascent of a Himalayan 7000m peak. Susan was previously editor of the Fell and Rock Journal and works with the production team of the Scottish Mountaineering Club climbers' guides.

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