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Sunday, June 24, 2018

The Wild Within

The final sports book, Book 92, The Wild Within by Simon Yates, is a first hand account of various climbing expeditions, plus a loose diary of his life in between. I suppose it gives a few years in the life of a professional mountaineer, but in truth some of it was fairly tame and about as interesting as reading someone else's holiday diary. The mountains climbed were all in remote parts of the planet, but a few of them didn't sound that hard or noteworthy. If not much happens the story is: "We went up, reached the summit, then came down". The last mountain, which took six days to climb, was the most interesting account, and that did sound very difficult, and raised a few questions about how much gear to take and whether to take a satellite phone (I would!). All in all though, a rather lightweight book, which scores 5 out of 10.

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