Voices From The Summit


Quick Overview

This volume not only serves as a useful introduction to the superstars of mountaineering, but also offers considerable insight into just what climbers mean when they say they climbed a mountain 'because it was there.' The volume was published in conjunction with the Banff Centre for Mountain Culture to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Banff Mountain Film Festival.

Voices From The Summit

Edited by Bernadette McDonald and John Amatt

The book is an extraordinary tribute to the art of mountaineering with many of the world’s greatest climbers, a book both unique in scope and unprecedented in authority. Looking back at the climbers’ milestones and looking forward to new challenges, these founding fathers, contemporary superstars, and their chroniclers, explore every aspect of the sport. They offer thoughtful, personal, and often provocative visions of what mountaineering truly means to the men and women who test their spirits and risk their lives in the rewarding world of high adventure.

Contributors include Reinhold Messner, Ed Viesturs, Wade Davis, Sir Chris Bonington, Catherine Destivelle, David Breashears, Greg Child, Leo Houlding, Sir Edmund Hillary, Lynn Hill, Yvon Chouinard, Jeff Lowe, Todd Skinner, Kitty Calhoun, Will Gadd, Thomas Hornbein, Royal Robbins and 15 others weighing in on 11 topics crucial to the future of mountaineering, from Himalayan climbing and the ethics of adventuring to ice climbing and rock climbing, plus a history of the Banff Mountain Film Festival. What makes this volume unique is that the material presented is all original. As well, elegant black and white portraits of each contributor have been created by photographer, Craig Richards.

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