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Provides accounts of some of the greatest feats of human endurance, several tales and facts about some of Earth's most interesting mountains. Detailed information on location, height, attempts and history are accompanied by photography and the accounts of those who have lived their lives in the shadows of these towering pinnacles.
One of the best-known mountaineers of his generation, Stephen Venables was the first Briton to climb Everest without oxygen, pioneering a new route at the same time. His first book Painted Mountains won the Boardman Tasker Award; reviewing his most recent book, A Slender Thread, the Observer praised his 'novelist's sense of dramatic punch'. As well as eight books, he has written for all the major national newspapers and appeared in numerous television programmes including the recent BBC Mountain men series, for which he climbed the Matterhorn in Victoria tweeds and nailed boots, and the BBC's race for Everest. his most recent project was retracing Shackledton's steps across South Georgia for the IMAX movie Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure. A master storyteller and skillful photographer, he is also a motivational speaker whose illustarted lectures have inspired audiences all around the world. Sir Chris Bonington is one of the world's most renowned and successful mountaineers. He has experienced much of our planet's extreme weather during his distinguished career, which includes climbing Everest four times.