A truly interesting read and although it focuses on the development of mountaineering there are pages and pages of information that will give you an insight into how the pioneers of the outdoors pushed the boundaries. I was lucky enough to have the time to read the book from cover to cover in one go. Bushcraft is all about understanding and this book will, without a doubt, give you an in-depth understanding of the relationship between human aspirations and the development of technologies that help us to survive the elements.
You will find eight chapters of information, but my favourite by far is chapter 6 which focuses on the development of kit used by climbers of yesteryear. It would be to easy to get carried away in this review and give you pages of the great facts and stories within the book but I would hate to ruin it for you. If you are one of those people has a reading list I recommend that you place this on it. Although itís not a bushcraft specific book I think it is worth a read.
By Mike Parsons and Mary B Rose.
Published in association with Cheyne Books
Hardcover, 320 pages