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With heart-pounding descriptions of avalanches and treacherous ascents, Barry Blanchard chronicles his transformation from a poor Native American/white kid from the wrong side of the tracks to one of the most respected alpinists in the world. At 13 he learned to rappel when he joined the 1292 Lord Strathcone's Horse Army Cadets. Soon kicked out for insubordination, he was already hooked on climbing and saw alpinism as a way to make his single mother proud and end his family's cycle of poverty. He describes early climbs attempted with nothing to guide him but written trail descriptions and the cajones of youth. He slowly acquired the skills, equipment and partners necessary to tackle more and more difficult climbs, farther and farther afield: throughout the Canadian Rockies, into Alaska and the French Alps and on to Everest, Peru, and the challenging mountains in Pakistan. From each he learned lessons that only nature and extreme endeavor can teach. This is the story of the culture of climbing in the days of punk rock, spurred on by the rhythm of adrenaline and the arrogance of youth. It is also a portrait of the power of the mountains to lift us.

©2014 Barry Blanchard (P)2017 Random House Audio

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  • 04-25-19

an aplinist's adeventure

This audio book ruled, and it makes it so much better Barry is the one telling the story. I could see how someone might be turned away if they weren't into climbing. Honestly you probably like some form of climbing if you got this book in the first place. In that case it is a great book! I highly recommend this audio book!

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stories of a man in the mountains rocked with love

barry is an eloquent storyteller. his writing seeps with passion and his humanity.
the fact that he narrated it is icing to the cake

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Inspirational.

Very happy that Barry narrated his story. It feels like he's sitting beside you tellng his amazing story.

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Wow... Get this book

I loved this book so much and when I find myself on long drives or hikes I’m might dive back into the world of Barry Blanchard and his extraordinary detail and imagery.


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Great Book!

Loved that it was narrated by Barry himself. You can picture yourself there during each of his climbs.

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Awesome

This book is awesome! The story's are amazing and he did a great job narrating his own book. I'll probably listen to it again.

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Not to much or to little drama for a climber book!

A book that I looked forward to opening each time. Holds your attention without unwarranted deaths and drama being the focal point of the book. Thanks for a serious account without cheap thrills.

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Barry is the man

I fell in love with his writing from an article he wrote for Alpinist several years ago and wanted more. This book won’t disappoint. He taps into something deeper than just climbing

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You feel like you are there on the mountain, climbing with Barry

All the components of an excellent mountaineering book full of adventure and raw emotion. I had the opportunity to climb with Barry Blanchard in the Canadian Rockies where it is impossible not to stumble upon one of his impressive first ascents and new lines on the walls and peaks. I have an autographed hardcover as well but listening to the tales from his own voice adds a completely different dimension to the experience. Highly recommend this audiobook!

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Honest, beautifully written, heartfelt

I loved this book, and I loved listening to Blanchard's delightful Canadian accent! He's a great writer, very expressive, and very self-effacing. I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to learn the brass tacks about rock and ice climbing. Blanchard tells many stories about epic climbs, some terrifying, some tragic, some exhilarating and awe-inspiring, and he's generous about his internal thought processes, which I particularly appreciated. He's a guy who has lived life according to his passion for climbing, and I'm so grateful he was able to write this book to share his passion with us.

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Inspiring

For those of us captivated by the mountains, this was an inspiring listen. Full of great stories of climbing incredible mountains, near misses and powerful bonds formed between climbers.