Fearnley, Laurence, 1963-

To the mountains : a collection of New Zealand alpine writing / selected by Laurence Fearnley & Paul Hersey. - 371 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

Includes bibliographical references.

A schoolgirl races from class to join a weekend trip to the hills. A mountaineering guide recalls his first weeks on the job during the 1920s. A young climber is shown the best route over the Main Divide by a big bull thar. A climbing party is bombarded by falling rock when Ruapehu suddenly erupts. A mountaineer pays tribute to the Maori guides from South Westland, while a fighter pilot tries to recapture an ascent of the Minarets from his tent in Nigeria during World War II. From the Durrans of Fiordland to Denali in Alaska, New Zealand climbers, both experienced and recreational have captured their alpine experience in letters, journals, articles, memoirs, poems and novels. Drawing on 150 years of published and unpublished material, Laurence Fearnley and Paul Hersey, two top contemporary authors, have compiled a wide-ranging, fascinating and moving glimpse into New Zealand's mountaineering culture and the people who write about it.

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Mountaineering--New Zealand--Anecdotes.
Mountaineers--New Zealand
Mountains--New Zealand.