Book Reveiws

On the trail of Genghis Khan: An epic journey through the land of the Nomads. Tim Cope.

April 25, 2014
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What is it about Australia that it manages to routinely pull epic adventurers out of the bag, even in this day and age? John Muir, Justin Jones and James Castrission, Eric Philips, and now Tim Cope, have all put their mark, or rather their footprint, on the globe in some unique way, defying the...

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

June 21, 2013
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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 May? But put yourself in the place of Hillary and Tenzing and the other...

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Review of Shelter From the Storm

February 19, 2013
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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 in the photography and editorial of “Shelter From the Storm” by Shaun Barnett, Rob...

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Review of Joy of the Mountains by John Wilson

January 2, 2013
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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 hadn’t returned by Monday morning the alarm was raised and a search initiated. Because...

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Review of Freedom Climbers by Bernadette McDonald

December 11, 2012
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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 of Polish climbers on the world’s highest peaks; climbers who figured amongst the international...

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

December 5, 2012
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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 Graham Ratcliff’s A Day To Die For was, “Oh no! What more can be...

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Capturing Art: The Life and Art of Austin Deans

September 19, 2012
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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 of our neighbours. They were almost a status symbol, after all, Austen was a...

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