Summit: 150 years of the Alpine Club

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A history of mountaineering adventure, celebrating 150 Years of the Alpine Club, from the author of the bestselling ‘Everest’.

The Alpine Club was the world's first mountaineering club, and is Britain's only national club for Alpinists. Its history is also the history of mountaineering; and its story is the story of those men with a passion for adventure who accomplished extraordinary feats against the odds. Since the Alpine Club was founded in 1857 its members have been at the leading edge of worldwide mountaineering development and exploration.

George Band begins his story at the very conception of the Alpine Club and takes us through the evolution of an exclusive Alpine tradition, how climbing developed between the wars, right through to post-war successes. He explores the Golden Decade of the 8000m Peaks during the 1950s, and how improvements in technology have enabled even steeper faces and bigger walls to be conquered.

With a collection of over 300 photos from the Alpine Club archives never before published, this is a beautiful book to own as well as a compelling read.

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Praise for ‘Everest’:

'Band has an engaging straight-forward style.' The Times

'Band knows all there is to know about the history of the mountain, its climbers and the politics behind their attempts.’ Guardian

'A detailed and fascinating tribute.’ Wanderlust

'An engaging and detailed account.’ Geographical

About the Author:

George Band is the youngest member of John Hunt's original team that conquered Everest. He went on to climb the lower but technically harder peak Kangchenjunga in 1955, and has since been more closely associated with mountaineering than any other team member.

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