In High Places, Paperback Book
1.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


In his own words Dougal Haston covers the years from his childhood in Scotland, where his love of climbing was first sparked, through to his development into perhaps the most formidable climber of his generation; his reputation was forged by his successful ascents of familiar peaks by unfamiliar routes (of which the most famous was the Eiger Direct).

Infused throughout with his passion for climbing and his great determination to succeed, In High Places is a compelling and eye-opening portrait of the climber as a young man and a must read for all those with an interest in mountaineering.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192 pages, 8pp b&w inset on text paper
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
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  • Category: Biography: sport
  • ISBN: 9781841953915

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Dougal Haston may be an extraordinary climber, but he is a middling writer. So, I found "In High Places" rather disappointing as far as climbing memoirs go.In this book, Haston sums up his climbing career -- starting with climbing the rocks beneath railroad bridges in his native Scotland to expeditions to Annapurna and Mt. Everest. He has achieved some amazing climbs in the mountaineering world and this book documents several of them. However, Haston himself seems to be a rather unlikeable character -- believing his way is the right way and he often appears (while claiming he doesn't) to be looking down on others.Overall, I found the book to be uninspiring and more like a trip report that would be enjoyed only by the people who know him or know others on the expeditions he describes. There are a ton of incredibly interesting mountaineering narratives out there... unfortunately, this isn't one of them.

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