FIRST EDITION OF THE AUTHOR’S FIRST BOOK"I CHOSE TO CLIMB"; SIGNED BY CHRIS BONINGTON

  • I Chose To Climb.

I Chose To Climb.

Item Number: 3624

London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1966.

First edition of Bonington’s first book. Octavo, original blue cloth, with 43 photographs. Signed by Chris Bonington on the title page. Fine in a very good dust jacket. Foreword by Eric Shipton. Jacket photograph by Anthony Greenbank.

Chris Bonington was recognized then, as now, as one of the outstanding members of a brilliant generation of mountaineers, which included such personalities as Hamish MacInnes, Don Whillans and Ian Clough. Here he describes his climbing beginnings as a teenager as well as successful ascents all over the world: the first ascent of the Central Pillar of Freney, the first British ascent of the North Face of the Eiger in 1962, Annapurna II in 1960 and in an unhappy expedition in 1961, Nuptse, the third peak of Everest. The first volume of Chris Bonington's autobiography is written with a warmth and enthusiasm that he has made his own.