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The Climbers

Author(s): Herrington, Jim

Copyright: 2017, US
Specifications: 1st, 4to, pp.191, photo frontis, 62 bw photos, pictorial cloth
Condition: black slipcase, issued w/o dj, cloth new

Nearly twenty years in the making, The Climbers by photographer Jim Herrington shares a stunning collection of portraits of icons in mountaineering — from Beckey, Cassin, and Diemberger to Messner, Robbins, and Wickwire, rugged individualists who, from roughly the 1930s to 1970s, used primitive gear along with their considerable wits, talent, and fortitude to tackle challenging climbs around the world.

In his foreword, climber Alex Honnold provides context for looking back at past achievements on rock, while writer Greg Child’s personable and informative essay explores the history and accomplishments of both well-known and not-so-known climbers from this “Golden Age” of 20th century climbing. Yet it is Herrington’s images-the result of his twin passions for climbing and photography-that pull us in, allow us to study the faces of these men and women who ascended bold, visionary lines, often in remote regions, far from the media spotlight. The portraits captured here reveal the utter humanity of obsession, determination, intellect, and, at times, frailty.

This one-of-a-kind collector’s volume features a protective linen-covered slipcase; sixty original large-format, black-and-white photographs, all shot on 35-mm film; and capsule biographies of each featured climber. This book weighs five pounds.

Finalist 2017 Banff Mountain Book Festival Mountain Image Award. Winner of the 2017 Banff Mountain Book Festival Grand Prize and Mountaineering History Award.














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