/ NEW REVIEW: Freedom Climbers by Bernadette McDonald

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Many polish climbers funded their expeditions by working on the Katowice smokestacks., 4 kbThe award-winning book, Freedom Climbers, has just been published in the UK by Vertebrate Publishing. In this review, Ed Douglas gives his thoughts on the book and shares some memories of his meetings with some great Polish Climbers.

Read more at http://www.ukclimbing.com/gear/review.php?id=4468
Niall Grimes - on 27 Feb 2012
In reply to UKC Gear: Makes me want to read it.
Chris the Tall - on 27 Feb 2012
In reply to UKC Gear:
Sounds like a very interesting book

Was slightly suprised by this para in the review

"The second man to climb all fourteen 8,000ers, his list, in contrast to Reinhold Messner's, comprised first ascents of one form or another bar Lhotse, where he died having almost completed the first ascent of the stupendous south face"

Which is possibly a bit harsh on Messner, who did do a few new routes, but also very significant firsts in terms of style (alpine, oxygen-free, solo, two-at-once). The contrast is surely with the subsequent 8000m completists - not that I'm going to suggest that it is easy in any way !!!
Ed Douglas - on 28 Feb 2012
In reply to Niall Grimes: Personally, I'd sooner be reading the excellent new bouldering guide to Britain I have here by my loo.
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TRip - on 28 Feb 2012
In reply to Ed Douglas: Isn't John Porter American?

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