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Conquistadors of the Useless: From the Alps to Annapurna
by Lionel Terray

Lionel Terray's autobiography is a fascinating biography describing his evolution as he grew from rebellious schoolchild looking for an avenue to channel his energies by learning to climb in the Alps. As his skills and confidence grew, he participated in many early expeditions to the Himalayas (including his version of the first ascent of Annapurna), the Andes, and Mt. Huntington in Alaska.

The only drawback to this book is that I felt that it was hampered initially by the dull translation. However, by the time I was 25% of the way into the book, I was able to overlook the odd colloquialisms and could stay focused on Terray's love of climbing as he pushed his limits every year.



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