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This book offers a very detailed description of the small team effort that
successfully climbed Shishapangma. The contrast between the climbing
philosophies of Doug Scott as the elder statesman and Alex MacIntyre as a
hot-blooded, intense climber lends a bit of spark to the writing. As an added
benefit, this was one of the first climbing groups to get permission from the
Chinese government to enter Tibet, a considerable portion at the beginning of
the book (and a large postscript section) is dedicated to describing the
cultural and spiritual aspects of the journey into the mountains and the climb
-- an effort in which Doug Scott's personal philosophy shines through.
This book won the
1984 Boardman-Tasker Memorial Prize
for Mountain Literature.
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