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Wild Within [Hardcover]

Simon Yates
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March 1 2012
'All mountaineers develop differently. Some go higher, some try ever-steeper faces and others specialise in a particular range or region. I am increasingly drawn to remoteness - to places where few others have trod.' The "Wild Within" is the third book from Simon Yates, one of Britain's most accomplished and daring mountaineers. With his insatiable appetite for adventure and exploratory mountaineering, Yates leads unique expeditions to unclimbed peaks in the Cordillera Darwin in Tierra del Fuego, the Wrangell St-Elias ranges on the Alaskan-Yukon border, and Eastern Greenland. Laced with dry humour, he relates his own experience of the rapid commercialisation of mountain wilderness, while grappling with his new-found commitments as a family man. At the same time he must endure his role in the film adaptation of Joe Simpson's "Touching The Void", having to relive the events of that trip to Peru for a Hollywood director. Yates' subsequent escape to the some of the world's most remote mountains isn't quite the experience it once was, as he witnesses first hand the advance of modern communications into the wilderness, signalled by the ubiquitous mobile phone masts appearing in once deserted mountain valleys. He is left to dwell on the remaining significance of mountain wilderness and must rediscover what the notion of 'wild' means for him now.

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Simon Yates is an internationally acclaimed mountaineer, adventurer and author who first came to prominence in 1985 after the first ascent of the West Face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes and the ensuing epic descent described in Joe Simpson's book Touching the Void. In a prolific career spanning almost thirty years, Simon's climbing adventures have taken him west to east, from Alaska to Australia; and from north to south, from the Canadian Arctic to the tip of South America. He has climbed with many of Britain's leading mountaineers including Andy Cave, Mick Fowler, Andy Parkin, Paul Pritchard, Doug Scott, establishing many first ascents in the process. He is the author of two previous books: Against the Wall, and The Flame of Adventure, both released to critical acclaim and the former finishing as runner-up for the prestigious Boardman Tasker Prize. Simon lives in Cumbria with his wife, young son and daughter. When not writing and lecturing he runs his own expedition company, Mountain Dream.

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Easy to read, entertaining and not just mountaineering, but all the life around it.
Also describing few great climbs. Great!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book May 26 2013
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For people who are willing to go off the beaten tourist track of adventure sports, patagonia is the way to go!
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, well written and entertaining Dec 19 2012
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One can relate to and share in Simon's experiences on these great adventures. A very good read without being bogged down in too much technical jargon.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best so far! March 11 2012
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I have read both of Simon's other books and this one, is the best BY far! It is an excellent mixture of climbing adventures in obscure places,family life, and wry observations of our increasingly complex communications driven world. The book's strength lies in the way Simon manages to marry these all up. One minute you feel ensconsed in a snowy vast and beautiful wilderness, and then you have an anecdote about satellite phones and boilers breaking down! Very human, very warm and very funny, and well observed.
Even if you have never stepped foot upon a mountainside, you will love this book; and chuckle at Simon's observations of life in our instant communication driven world. The contrast of wilderness,and personal shines through. He has captured the balance of becoming a parent,and at the same time remaining true to himself, and family with sincerity. His quest for both discovery and zest for life, sustains this book and shines through. I found it an uplifting and invigorating read, mixed with some fine benchmarks for us to hang on to in this increasingly complex world.
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