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
focused on Terray's love of climbing as he pushed his limits every year.