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Conquistadors of the Useless[PDF / Epub] ☉ Conquistadors of the Useless Author Lionel Terray – Varanus.us An engagingly written portrait of the times and climbs of premier French mountainerer Lionel Terray by himself, including the Eigerwand, Fitzroy, Annapurna and other groundbreaking expeditions An engagingly written portrait of the times and climbs of premier French mountainerer Lionel Terray by himself, including the Eigerwand, Fitzroy, Annapurna and other Conquistadors of eBook ☆ groundbreaking expeditions.

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  • Paperback
  • Conquistadors of the Useless
  • Lionel Terray
  • English
  • 17 December 2017
  • 1898573387

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  1. says:

    I have a soft spot for climbing books climbers certainly those that write books seem to have something of the poet about them and the activity of risking life and limb and enduring great suffering in places of magnificence of beauty seems to make, to me at least, for fascinating tales This book is a wonderful example Terray who seems to have been one of those people for whom life as a mountaineer was inevitable rather than a choice writes with almost unreasonable modesty about a series of I have a soft spot for climbing books climbers certainly those that write books seem to have something of the poet about them and the activity of risking life and limb and enduring great suffering in places of magnificence of beauty seems to make, to me at least, for fascinating tales This book is a wonderful example Terray who seems to have been one of those people for whom life as a mountaineer was inevitable rather than a choice writes with almost unreasonable modesty about a series of epic adventures It gets a little hectic towards the end, particularly the last chapter, with the conquests of some peaks taking littlethan a paragraph On the whole a fascinating read giving insight into the early days of climbing as the great mountains of the world were gradually conquered by men who would seem woefully under equipped by modern standards and who took many leaps into the unknown


  2. says:

    I just returned from 12 days in Joshua Tree National Park where I rock climbed and where I finishedConquistadores of the UselessWe were climbing a strenuous for me dihredral, it was a brilliant climb but I was tired and wasn t making efficient movement I was exhausting myself trying to layback a crack.Aaron Try Gastoning Gaston to the left.Me Gaston Aaron demonstrates the moveMe As in Gaston Rebuffat Aaron Who Concentrate You re at the crux.Me, starting to slip Gaston Rebuffat I just returned from 12 days in Joshua Tree National Park where I rock climbed and where I finishedConquistadores of the UselessWe were climbing a strenuous for me dihredral, it was a brilliant climb but I was tired and wasn t making efficient movement I was exhausting myself trying to layback a crack.Aaron Try Gastoning Gaston to the left.Me Gaston Aaron demonstrates the moveMe As in Gaston Rebuffat Aaron Who Concentrate You re at the crux.Me, starting to slip Gaston Rebuffat He climbed with Lachenal and Terray He is in the book I m slips off rock and rope catches me I looked this up on the drive home and, yes, the move is named after Gaston Rebuffat, and yes, I should focuswhen I m climbing this is one of several reasons that I m just okay Terray writes with a passion that is sure to entrance any rock climber or alpinist interested in the history of the sports and if you are going to start anywhere, then I would recommend right here I found his work muchrelatable and interesting that Herzog s book on Annapurna, but I ve yet to read anything from Messner You ll learn so much about the history, the cultural changes, and the premiere climbers of the age Terray has a blunt honesty that belies his great accomplishments If this is your topic, I would definitely recommend it


  3. says:

    Terray is an unexpectedly excellent writer Understood to be a muchhonest and factual account of the first ascent of Annapurna than Herzog s I enjoyed this book quite a bit.


  4. says:

    Wonderful account of a true life spent in the mountains Terray, while at first sounding up on his high horse, writes in a way that transcends his ego in an account of some truly remarkable feats From WWII in the Alps, to the highest summits in the world, this book is not lacking in adventure He throws in some neat philosophical nuggets throughout the stories, so keep an eye out


  5. says:

    1 If you read and liked Maurice Herzog s Annapurna Lionel Terray is one of the other noted French climbers who did not summit with Herzog Lawrence L did If you had no interest, don t waste your time reading my comment, you would be wasting your time.2 Then I started climbing, I was aware that this book had been published and translated into English just a few years earlier and that Terray had died about that time It shortly went out of print a controversy I did not make an effort to a 1 If you read and liked Maurice Herzog s Annapurna Lionel Terray is one of the other noted French climbers who did not summit with Herzog Lawrence L did If you had no interest, don t waste your time reading my comment, you would be wasting your time.2 Then I started climbing, I was aware that this book had been published and translated into English just a few years earlier and that Terray had died about that time It shortly went out of print a controversy I did not make an effort to attempt to track this book down and merely read period pieces I did read Gaston R buffat s various translations like Starlight and Storm, and other books like read Hermann Buhl s comments about how the olderexperienced established French wore down parkas duvets on their Eiger bivvies while the Austrians froze tougher stuff Climbing isinteresting that reading about climbing.3 Fast forward almost 3 decades to my first trip to Chamonix where Terray lived and is now buried He has a square named after him you don t really see this in the USA or even the UK I was there at the start of ski season low season , and I walk into Photo Tairraz Terray was finally reprinted by Editions Guerins You have to understand the French printed Editions Guerins Guerins was a rich dude who oversaw high expense printing of classics mountaineering Alpinist works You will not find them on , but you may find some on .fr I don t speak or read French very well , but I can recognize a high quality hardbound book even includes cloth page markers Guerins did this for love You can tell Many other classic English e.g., Roper and non English language Alpine works were reproduced by Guerins Conquistadors is Terray s autobiography about growing up, his brief time in the French resistance he mostly trafficked messages but also did lug a machine gun high to shoot down upon Italian vacationing German soldiers he didn t feel good about this he knew they were merely grunts like him they packed up and went back to France Terray did a number of notable North Faces and other noteworthy climbs in hindsight.What s great about Terray s writings are that they are of a common man, a somewhat common guide, but also lucky Terray knows that not every one can afford a life which we would regard as entertainment and recreation So in additional to his various takes on documented climbs, he gives the less than glamorous take on instruction and mid level client guiding I think Terray writes amazingly modestly about his accomplishments Terray writes about climbs and mountains which most non climbers will have never heard about of seen nor have any basis for comparison like height or numeric difficulty Cerro Fitzroy if you see Mt Fitzroy in print walk away or Mt Huntington also written in Dave Robert s book Mountain of My Fear West Face note I didn t write where Mt Huntington was I ve also flown by it.Conquistadors is an old time climbers book for climbers Sport climbers might not be interested in it The photo of Terray having to deal with a broken 16 mm film from Annapurna says something unspoken about the life of a guide trying to earn his keep for his family This book is not for every one.The unfortunate thing which most people aren t aware this is a test case I used to better understand professional language translation and interpretation is that the English people involved took very small liberties to vary their use of language a bit This is note merely about the English language Terray was probably not around long enough to notice this What s nice is that the Mountaineers of Seattle did make the effort to reprint a classic work like Conquistadors It s better than nothing.I believe that David Roberts himself rated Conquistadors as the greatest climbing book published of all time in his reviews of classics in Ascent the old Sierra Club climbing journal.I treasure both my expensive French and cheaper slightly abridged English editions The finish date was when I obtained my Editions Guerin The English language version was a little later.One English language equivalent might be Chris Bonington s I Chose to Climb a little less glamorous, and he didn t decide to stick with the British Army Bonnington s book was done before his really big and famous climbing expeditions like Annapurna South Face a 20 year contrast to Herzog e.g., Bic lighters vs matches or Everest, South West Face nothing close to slogging up the tourist route


  6. says:

    The memoires of French mountaineer Lionel Terray 1921 1965 , from his debuts before and during the war to his expeditions in South America The writing is excellent and forces a kind of admiration for a man who was not only an outstanding skier and climber but also a true humanist in his way to consider the world The Nepalese Sherpas of the 1950 Annapurna expedition are no washed out of history The account of the second climb of the Eiger s north face is compelling When Terray was working as The memoires of French mountaineer Lionel Terray 1921 1965 , from his debuts before and during the war to his expeditions in South America The writing is excellent and forces a kind of admiration for a man who was not only an outstanding skier and climber but also a true humanist in his way to consider the world The Nepalese Sherpas of the 1950 Annapurna expedition are no washed out of history The account of the second climb of the Eiger s north face is compelling When Terray was working as a ski instructor to Canada s national team, the cultural clash between French and Quebecers is narrated with a high dose of humor


  7. says:

    Lionel Terray makes solid work of describing his experiences mountaineering I particularly enjoyed the depth in which he described his and the role of the French mountaineers in World War II and the historical and cultural additions throughout the book At times it felt both long and drawn out and rushed and underdeveloped the end in particular, so much so that Terray leaves an afterward to explain to readers why it reads so rushed Overall enjoyed the read.


  8. says:

    Couldn t finish this book This guy is sooo impressed with himselfjust couldn t get past his ego and into the story


  9. says:

    If you were not a climber, this would likely only merit 4 stars You may not have heard of Lionel Terray, but his autobiography makes you think you should have for the number of peaks he climbed if nothing else This is an excellently written translated book written in a bygone era of the modern sport of mountaineering when all protection damaged the rock, siege tactics were the norm for mountains, and climbing was a lifestyle rather than a sport In addition to the excellent descriptions If you were not a climber, this would likely only merit 4 stars You may not have heard of Lionel Terray, but his autobiography makes you think you should have for the number of peaks he climbed if nothing else This is an excellently written translated book written in a bygone era of the modern sport of mountaineering when all protection damaged the rock, siege tactics were the norm for mountains, and climbing was a lifestyle rather than a sport In addition to the excellent descriptions of individual climbs, Terray s look at life in WWII Europe, the Himalayas, Quebec, and the Andes is fascinating, particularly since he wrote it with only 5 years of further development, rather than 40 years afterwards Also, this book is rather hard to find today an interlibrary loan is probably your best bet


  10. says:

    The quantity and quality of the accomplishments in mountaineering reached by Lionel Terray and several other climbers of his generation , most of them before he was not even 40 years old, is really hard to take in Especially keeping in mind that all this was also accomplished when mountaineering was in its infancy regarding technique, equipment, clothing, cartography, technology, and almost any other aspect of the sport.I really admire this guy Unfortunately he died too young, but he enjoyed, The quantity and quality of the accomplishments in mountaineering reached by Lionel Terray and several other climbers of his generation , most of them before he was not even 40 years old, is really hard to take in Especially keeping in mind that all this was also accomplished when mountaineering was in its infancy regarding technique, equipment, clothing, cartography, technology, and almost any other aspect of the sport.I really admire this guy Unfortunately he died too young, but he enjoyed, experienced, discovered and accomplished in just 44 years a tonthan many people who get to live twice that time.The book has a good balance of facts, emotions and personal insight about his life as a mountaineer, and I enjoyed his writing style He was a good story teller, too

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