A renowned mountaineer learns to sail and a world-famous sailor learns to climb in this splendid collaboration by the two British adventurers. Meeting on a TV show, climber Bonington (The Everest Years ) agreed to sailor Knox-Johnston's suggestion that they share their skills. Following the course of famous sailing mountaineer H. W. Tilman, they set out from England in Knox-Johnston's ketch Suhaili for Greenland's east coast. A brutal 40-mile trek inland took them to their next goal, the Cathedral, an unscaled 7800-foot peak. After nearly 25 hours of climbing, the pair gave up; Bonington and another companion stayed for a futile second attempt that led to a hair-raising descent. Back on Suhaili , the party encountered adverse winds off Iceland that delayed them for more than a week. In this engaging account of camaraderie and of a grand escapade, Bonington seems to have taken to sailing better than Knox-Johnston ( Columbus Venture ) to climbing. Photos. (June)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1970 Release date: 01/01/1955 Genre: Nonfiction
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