Category: Book Reveiws

Everest 1953. The Epic Story of the First Ascent. Mick Conefrey.

Nowadays, climbing Mt Everest has become almost a rite of passage for those who want packaged adventure and can afford it. Who can forget the images of the hundreds of climbers queuing for the summit that inundated the media last…

Review of Shelter From the Storm

Shelter From the Storm By Rob Brown, Shaun Barnett and Geoff Spearpiont. Nowhere else in the world has a system of mountain huts as widespread and diverse as New Zealand and this fundamental feature of our backcountry is brilliantly captured…

Review of Joy of the Mountains by John Wilson

On Sunday 19th June 1966 four young men from Christchurch set off to climb the Otira Face of Mt Rolleston, an alpine route considered technically challenging and arduous for the era, and one the climbers approached with caution. When they…

Review of Freedom Climbers by Bernadette McDonald

Freedom Climbers By Bernadette McDonald After the commercialized palaver and generated news to come from the 2012 Everest season, it’s inspiring to read a different story in Freedom Climbers by Bernadette McDonald. The book tells of the post WW2 achievements…

Review of ‘A Day to Die For ‘ by Graham Ratcliff

Since the ill-fated Everest guiding season of 1996, there have been numerous books written on the storm that killed eight people on the mountain on May 11, including Kiwi guides Rob Hall and Andy Harris. So my first reaction to…

Capturing Art: The Life and Art of Austin Deans

Capturing Mountains: the life and art of Austen Deans, by Nathalie Brown. Wily Publications, Christchurch, NZ, 2011. Coming from the North Canterbury set of old farming families, it wasn’t uncommon to see paintings by Austen Deans gracing the living rooms…