Set in Patagonia and Alaska, Thin White Line is a narrative of extreme experience, tackling the severest challenges modern Alpinism can pose. Andy Cave’s first book Learning to Breathe won the Adventure Travel Award at the Banff International Festival.
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Thin White Line is the sequel to Learning to Breathe, Andy Cave's bestselling debut book and winner of both the prestigious Boardman Tasker Prize and the Adventure Travel Award at the Banff International Festival.
In 1997, Andy Cave returned from the Himalayas, having climbed the stupendous north face of Changabang but losing his friend and climbing partner in the process. Traumatized by the savage ordeal, he must examine his relationship with the mountains that have defined his life so far. Will he have the courage to undertake such a challenge again? Does he want to? Thin White Line charts his struggle towards finding an answer. It is as much a journey into the mind of an extreme mountaineer as it is into the wild landscapes through which he travels.
In a nail-biting narrative set in Patagonia, Norway and Alaska, Cave tackles the severest challenges modern Alpinism can pose. Juxtaposed with the stark beauty of the environment are the colourful characters populating his stories, from the adventurers around him, past and present, to the pioneer aviators who get him and his kind to those impossibly remote places. He vividly recreates the joy and despair of climbing, building the book to a desperate finale that lays bare the fragility of our carefully constructed convictions.From the Back Cover:
Praise for Learning to Breathe:
‘A tale of split lives fused into one extraordinary story of adventure, laughter, tears and joy’ Joe Simpson
‘A brilliant book, well-written, gripping, honest and very moving’ Chris Bonington
‘Andy Cave’s compelling autobiography is, like Joe Simpson’s Touching the Void, a gripping book on mountaineering that will appeal even to those who didn't know they were interested in climbing... Fascinating’ Observer
‘The story of Andy Cave’s transition from Yorkshire coal miner into one of Britain’s best climbers echoes the heroic tones of Don Whillans or Joe Brown... Thoughtful and often gripping... Cave explains what it actually feels like to climb the kind of exceptionally dangerous routes that the rest of us, climbers or not, find unimaginable. There are few other climbers with the writing skills to be able to pull this off. There are fewer still who have led such an interesting and varied life as Cave.’ Scotland on Sunday
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Book Description Hutchinson, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0091795729
Book Description Hutchinson, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110091795729