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The Shining Mountain:
Two Men on Changabang's West Wall

by Peter Boardman, with material by Joe Tasker

London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1978. 192 pages

“Boardman's riveting account of the climb itself has several nail-biting sequences interspersed with lucid recollections of his experiences during two months isolation: In the white granite in front of my eyes were particles of clear quartz, silvery muscovite and jet black tourmaline — emphasized by the fact that I was fragile, warm-blooded and living, clinging to the side of a steep inhospitable world ... (…)
Boardman has created a classic tale by using fewer words to describe what would have taken others volumes.”
Mike Shandrick, “Climbing” 1985, June, No. 85, p. 69-70 


The Shining Mountain is one man's book -refreshingly, after those Himalayan compendia from everbody's diaries. Despite the huge role which Joe Tasker played in the ascent and the dialogue which comprises so much of the text, it is the author's story. Both climbing and writing seem to involve a strong reaction to the threat imposed by Boardman's status as public property after the ascent of Everest. An impression of heightened personal isolation permeates, but fortunately one can travel in the spaceship. (…)
A dozen or so colour pictures is probably the minimum that the climbing worlds expects these days, fed at it is on the lavishness of the West Coast American publications and the British magazines. Yet the layout is classical and pleasing, and two fine little line drawings add an air of tradition, as well as useful information on the line of the route for those who wish to climb another route on the face! But this is not just a picture package - it is a young man's book, modest in form but written somehow from a position of confidence and strength which belies surface humility. For all that its is healthy and honest, not least in its ever-ready admission that sooner or later a pin might pull or the last 8mm rope break.”
Paul Nunn, “Crags” No. 16, p. 39

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