We wanted a book in
three parts: about the approach, the people and the environment
the expedition met as it started out. About the contest, man
versus rock and ice and versus his own weaknesses, shored up
with his own inner strength -- not the nuts-and-bolts story of
the climb but something reaching deeper. About the prospect of
man and mountains in general, one that would review the relationship
from the time he learned to accept the mountains' challenge .