Book Review: Alpine Warriors by Bernadette McDonald
Alpine Warriors by Bernadette McDonald is an award winning book that provides an in-depth look at the history of Slovenian alpinism. For a small country with a unique and dramatic history, the alpinists of Slovenia are among some of the world’s greatest mountaineers.
Slovenian climbers pushed the boundaries of what was possible in the mountains. The book stars world class climbers like Tomaž Humar, Tomo Cesen, Marko Prezelj, Silvo Karo, and many others as they pioneered first ascents on the great walls and ridges around the world – many in the Himalayas. Alpine Warriors takes you on a journey to some of the world’s greatest summits. It’s a book of triumph, tragedy, and history in the climbing world.
With the the perfect training grounds of the Julian Alps in their backyard and national support for their climbing heroes, Slovenians have put up some of the world’s most incredible climbs including:
- Makalu South Face
- Everest West Ridge
- Cho Oyu North Face
- Kangchenjunga South Pillar
- Jannu North Face
- Ama Dablam Northwest Face
- Nampa South Face
- Gyachung Kang North Face
- Dhaulagiri Sough Face
- Lhotse South Face
- North Face of North Twin
Join Bernadette McDonald as she takes you on the wild and exciting ride through an impressive era of Slovenian alpinism with a backdrop of political turmoil and interweaved with poetic, insightful, and inspirational words from one of Slovenia’s greatest climbers, Nejc Zaplotnik and his book, Pot.
Alpine Warriors won the Mountaineering History award at the 2015 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival. Bernadette McDonald has written nine books, including Freedom Climbers, and has won multiple awards for her writing.
Alpine Warriors is definitely worth reading.
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