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A Slender Thread: Escaping Disaster In The Himalayas
Steven Venables

This book was interesting not so much for the story line or the adventure of climbing; rather, this book was interesting because of the way that it focused attention on the author's gradual loss of enthusiasm and emotion about climbing. Venables describes the climb in fairly mechanical terms; little of the joy that he must have experienced of the first ascent of Panch Chuli V was apparent. Admittedly, a broken leg and ankle could cause anyone to question what they were doing -- but the comparison with Joe Simpson's tale in Touching the Void which has nearly identical circumstances makes it clear that Venables has lost much of the magic that he started with. The final tableau in Patagonia with three other climbers who have also lost their some of their verve clinches this feeling.



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