High Exposure, Paperback Book
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For generations of adventurers, from Mallory to Hilary, Norgay to Krakauer, Mount Everest and the world's greatest peaks have provided the ultimate testing ground.

But as the public's fascination with mountaineering reaches an all time high, the question remains - why climb?

In High Exposure, legendary rock climber, mountaineer and film-maker David Breashears answers with a captivating and intimate look at his life, during which he has scaled many of the world's highest peaks, including two successful ascents of Everest.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
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  • Category: Biography: sport
  • ISBN: 9781841953908

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This is an interesting biography. David Breashears is probably best known to the general public for his documentaries about Everest and for his involvement in the 1996 storm on Everest. But he is so much more than this, from a childhood dominated by his troubled, and ultimately fractured relationship with his father, through his early rock and climbing days, and his introduction to filming climbing documentaries and his later work on documentaries and big Hollywood movies, he documents a life dominated by climbing. His writing is assured and evokes both the risks and the rewards of climbing, his descriptions of the various deaths and near-death experiences he has witnessed while in the mountains is pratical and poignant. Importantly his description of the events on Everest in May 1996 is yet another accounting helping this armchair reader to a deeper understanding of just what might have happened.

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