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Sacred Summits

The Carstensz Pyramid, Kangchenjunga and Gauri Sankar

; Sir Chris Bonington (Forord)

Mountain tops have long been seen as sacred places, home to gods and
dreams. In one climbing year Peter Boardman visited three very different
sacred mountains.



He began in the New Year, on the South Face of the Carstensz Pyramid
in New Guinea. Les mer
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Mountain tops have long been seen as sacred places, home to gods and
dreams. In one climbing year Peter Boardman visited three very different
sacred mountains.



He began in the New Year, on the South Face of the Carstensz Pyramid
in New Guinea. This shark's fin of steep limestone walls and sweeping
glaciers is the highest point between the Andes and the Himalaya, and
one of the most inaccessible, rising above thick jungle inhabited by
warring Stone Age tribes.



During the spring Boardman was on more familiar, if hardly more
reassuring, ground, making a four-man, oxygen-free attempt on the
world's third highest peak, Kangchenjunga. Hurricane-force winds beat
back their first two bids on the unclimbed North Ridge, but they
eventually stood within feet of the summit - leaving the final few yards
untrodden in deference to the inhabiting deity.



In October, he was back in the Himalaya and climbing the mountain
most sacred to the Sherpas: the twin-summited Gauri Sankar. Renowned for
its technical difficulty and spectacular profile, it is aptly dubbed
the Eiger of the Himalaya and Boardman's first ascent of the South
Summit took a committing and gruelling twenty-three days.



Three sacred mountains, three very different expeditions, all superbly captured by Boardman in Sacred Summits,
his second book, first published shortly after his death in 1982.
Combining the excitement of extreme climbing with acute observation of
life in the mountains, this is an amusing, dramatic, poignant and
thought-provoking book, amply fulfilling the promise of Boardman's first
title, The Shining Mountain, for which he won the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize in 1979.

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