Author: Chris Bonington
Sir Chris Bonington’s memoir Ascent charts not only his many triumphs in the climbing world – such as the Eiger, and the Himalaya – but also the struggles he has faced in his life bringing up a family, and maintaining a successful and loving marriage over the decades of travelling the world to conquer mountains.
He has undertaken nineteen Himalayan expeditions, including four to Mount Everest which he climbed in 1985 at the age of fifty, and has made many first ascents in the Alps and greater ranges of the world.
In Ascent Chris discusses his first wife (Wendy) who tragically passed away after a long battle with motor neuron disease – his many years of caring for her, and then in his twilight years deciding to return to an iconic climb from his past – The Old Man of Hoy – to summit at the age of 80 years of age. He has now found love again amidst the sadness and grief. It is a truly inspirational tale.
Ascent is a memoir like no other. Not only a cerebral narrative on what it takes to conquer fear, and learn/ develop the technical skills necessary to climb the world’s greatest peaks; what it is like to survive in places no human being can ultimately reside in for longer than a few months at very high altitude, but also how one overcomes emotional obstacles, too, and rediscover what drives us on to happiness.
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