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The Evidence of Things Not Seen: A Mountaineer's Tale
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The Evidence of Things Not Seen: A Mountaineer's Tale (Hardback)

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'In climbing there is an elation when all is going well. You make the moves surely and swiftly with rhythm. When you are climbing well, you know it. The same goes for writing. The two crafts are often akin ...when you are off form you write clumsily, just as you move clumsily; you pick wrong words as you pick wrong holds. You lose the purpose and thread of writing as you lose route - but on mountains and in writing when good form is struck, when it all comes together, when inspiration is caught and held - the world is yours.' W.H. Murray is one of Britain's finest mountain writers. A climber, writer and environmental campaigner, he pioneered climbs in Scotland, explored the Himalaya and wrote a number of remarkable books on climbing and mountaineering. The Evidence of Things Not Seen, his multiple-award winning autobiography, ranges from his early climbs in Scotland in the 1930s to Second World War combat in Africa and three years in Nazi prison camps (during which time Murray wrote his famous Mountaineering in Scotland not once, but twice, on toilet paper).

Exploratory Himalayan ventures follow, including the 1951 Everest reconnaissance trip that established the crucial route through the Khumbu Icefall, before his focus returns to the Scottish crags, and to environmental matters and the struggle against the predations of the forestry and hydroelectric industries. Murray's writing captures the element of awe and wonder at the power of wild landscapes. His philosophical concerns add extra depth to his words as he seeks 'that other side of night'. He sees the mountain environment as one which offers fine areas for recreation, but also sanctuaries for reflection. This autobiography is essential reading for mountaineers, climbers, conservationists, thinkers, or indeed anyone that appreciates our remaining wild spaces.

BiographyBiography: generalBiography: sportSport & HobbiesSports & outdoor recreationClimbing & mountaineering Publisher: Baton Wicks Publications Publication Date: 01/05/2002 ISBN-13: 9781898573241  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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W.H. Murray was born in Liverpool in 1913. Two years later his father was killed at Gallipoli, so his family moved back to Glasgow where Murray spent his childhood, school and college years before beginning a career in banking. He made his first climbs in 1934 and later joined a talented group of climbers in the Junior Mountaineering Club of Scotland. Murray describes how they strove to regain the dynamism of the early Scottish climbing that had been lost in the trauma of the Great War. After surviving long periods as a prisoner of war, attributed by some to his study of philosophy, Murray returned to mountaineering and later took part in key Himalayan expeditions of the 1950s. In 1951 Murray was on the critical reconnaissance that established a potential route up Everest via the Khumbu Icefall. Marrying happily, Murray built a career as a writer and conservationist, writing Highland Landscape a counsel of protection for the National Trust of Scotland. Murray died in 1996, and The Evidence of Things not Seen was published posthumously.

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