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A Slender Thread
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  • Published: 2 March 2001
  • ISBN: 9780099279068
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $22.99
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A Slender Thread

Escaping Disaster in the Himalaya


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Together with Chris Bonington and other distinguished British climbers Stephen Venables was high on the unclimbed and sacred mountain of Panch Chuli when, ay 1am on a dark Himalyan night, his abseil failed and he fell catastrophically, somersaulting from rock to rock and landing, seriously-wounded, at the end of a rope suspended above a 50-degree icefield. This is the story os his arduous and almost miraculous survival, and of the brilliant, committed teamwork which brought him to safety.

  • Pub date: 2 March 2001
  • ISBN: 9780099279068
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $22.99
Categories:

About the Author

Stephen Venables

Stephen Venables was born in 1954 and began climbing while at Oxford. He has climbed extensively throughout the world and has created many new routes and first ascents. A former winner of the Boardman Tasker Prize and the Grand Award at Banff, the International Mountain Literature Festival, he lives in Bath with his wife Rosie and Ollie's brother, Edmond.

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Praise for A Slender Thread

“The plummet experienced by Venables on the descent from his successful first ascent of Panch Chuli V in the Himalayas was of the kind most feared by climbers, the failure of an abseil point, an incident which usually guarantees death . . . Venables writes with understated elegance”

Observer

“Sensitive to the absurdity and honest about the selfishness, he is, more than most mountaineers, eloquent in describing the satisfactions climbing can bring . . . It is powerful, dramatic writing . . . This is one of the best mountaineering books to have been published for a long while”

Chris Woodhead, Sunday Telegraph

“One of the most successful climbers of his generation . . . outstanding . . . his best book”

Ed Douglas, Climber

“Venables is one of the best climbers in the world, and one of the best writers about climbing . . . Read it, but be careful. You may never be content just to climb the stairs again”

Julian Champkin, Mail on Sunday


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