This three book collection describes in detail the evolution of
Sir Christopher Bonington
as he grows from a young boy just interested in climbing to one of the preeminent expedition climbers of
the 20th century. I found that one of the more fascinating stories told in
this story is the way in which Bonington made his decision to step away from
a desk-bound life to that of expedition climber. While none of the particular climbs is described in great detail,
the cumulative impact of three decades of expeditions in the crags of England,
the Alps, the Himalayas, and the Karakorum is apparent
in this book.
More than the climbing itself, this autobiography showcases Bonington's
evolution as he matured from an individual climber to become the competent expedition leader of large groups.
I highly recommend this book although it is a long read.