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  • Published: 3 November 2008
  • ISBN: 9780099505440
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $24.99

Higher Than The Eagle Soars

A Path to Everest



A highly intimate and epic account of Stephen Venables’s life, culminating in his dramatic ascent of Everest, an event that confirmed him as one of the greatest British climbers of his generation.

High and wild places have dominated Stephen Venables' life and now he has written a full autobiography which explores how and – more importantly – why he became a mountaineer, and reveals a series of never-recorded adventures on four continents. At its climax he revisits his dramatic success without oxygen on the Kangshung Face of Everest, described by Reinhold Messner as the most adventurous in Everest’s history and by Lord Hunt as ‘one of the most remarkable ordeals from which men or women have returned alive’. As Venables writes: ‘Although we didn’t go seeking deliberately an epic near-death experience, it did turn out that way – the ultimate endurance test for which all the previous adventures seemed, retrospectively, to be a preparation.’

  • Published: 3 November 2008
  • ISBN: 9780099505440
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $24.99

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 Higher Than The Eagle Soars

Having spent time with Stephen on the Eiger, I know what good company he is. He has huge talent and a remarkable story to tell. His Everest climb was one of the great adventures of our time, but what is really fascinating is the life journey that took him to the top

Ranulph Fiennes

There can be no dispute about the magnitude of his achievement...Venables is superb on the terror and exhilaration of climbing...There is a particularly heart-stopping account of a journey up the north face of the Matterhorn. Insightful into his own character, Venables is honest enough to face up to the selfishness that mountaineering requires and the strain it puts on relationships

Leo McKinstry, Sunday Telegraph

The story of his descent after a night spent the top is... both harrowing and deeply moving

Sunday Times

If you've never climbed, Higher Than the Eagle Soars can still be read for its old-fashioned, self-effacing humour, as the story of a cultured man determined to place himself inside a tradition he loves. Or you can read it for the thrills and spills

M. John Harrison, Guardian

This is a memoir run through with humanity, humour and a deep abiding love of high mountains and the adventures they provide

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