Book Review: Winter 8000

Book Review: Winter 8000
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It’s difficult to describe what is like to climb an 8,000m peak in winter. It’s easier to say what it’s not like. It’s not rewarding. It’s not fun. And no one would ever try it “because it’s there”. Fair-season climbers speak of exhausting summit pushes, technical sections, objective risks, physical strain and scary moments but if all goes well, they assess the experience as positive. Try the same goal in winter, and struggle, despair, pain and fear become constant companions. There is no such thing as a “good weather window”. The most one may hope for is to survive. To quote Voytek Kurtyka, it’s “the art of suffering”. This is a book about that suffering. It is also about the question, Why? In Winter 8000, Canadian author Bernadette McDonald continually probes that existential question. It elevates the book to more... .... Continue Reading at Explorers Web



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