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 . . . 

David R. Brower

 

 

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