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Big Walls: Breakthroughs on the Free-Climbing Frontier

Piana, Paul

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ISBN 10: 0871569604 / ISBN 13: 9780871569608
Published by San Francisco, California, U.S.A.: Sierra Club Books, 1997
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
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A fine copy in a fine minus, mylar protected DJ. Inscribed "Ty- To the Wild Places" and signed and dated by the author on half title page. Back panel of DJ has three scratches/indentations, otherwise, this is a very nice signed copy. 1st edition. A larger book requiring additional postage for international orders. 4to., 190 pages. 0.0 0.0 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # 22472

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Title: Big Walls: Breakthroughs on the ...

Publisher: San Francisco, California, U.S.A.: Sierra Club Books

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Inscribed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition....

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Big Walls offers a unique view into a world of extraordinary high adventure, in which fiercely driven climbers scale the highest and most beautiful rock faces on the planet. In this book, renowned climber Paul Piana vividly recounts his and longtime climbing partner Todd Skinner's revolutionary first free-climbing ascents of the four premier rock faces of North America: El Capitan's Salathe Wall, the Direct North West Face of Half Dome, Wyoming's Mount Hooker, and the Great Canadian Knife. Demanding remarkable inner confidence and instincts honed over many years, these free-climbing ascents were accomplished using nothing more than the climbers' own strength and determination. Illustrated with 93 spectacular color photographs of these harrowing ascents, Piana's compelling narrative evokes the dramatic highs and challenging lows of their many adventures, from the heartstopping fall off El Capitan that broke Skinner's ribs and snapped Piana's leg in five places, to their euphoric arrival on the summit of Mount Proboscis. Filled with exciting detail that will appeal to mountaineering enthusiasts everywhere, Big Walls is a fascinating account of four supremely challenging climbs that are truly worthy of the term historic.

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Free-climbing is a mountaineering style in which climbers use only their hands and feet without pitons, rope ladders, or other devices. BIG WALLS is an intimate view into a world of extraordinary high adventure, in which fiercely driven men and women scale the tallest, sheerest, most impossibly perfect rock faces on the planet. 93 color photos. 3 b&w photos. 4 maps .

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