The Wild Within - Simon Yates

The Wild Within is the latest book from Simon Yates, one of Britain’s most acclaimed mountaineers.  Simon Yates first came to the publics attention in 1985 after the first ascent of the West Face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes and the ensuing epic descent described in Joe Simpson’s book Touching the Void.  His career has spanned almost thirty years with climbs across the world from Alaska to Australia and the Canadian Arctic to the tip of South America.

He has climbed with many of Britain’s leading mountaineers including Andy Cave, Mick Fowler, Andy Parkin, Paul Pritchard, Doug Scott, in the process of doing this he has established many first attempts.  Before writing The Wild Within Simon Yates has published Against the Wall, and The Flame of Adventure, When not writing and lecturing he runs his own expedition company, Mountain Dream.

The Wild Within was shortlisted for the 2012 Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature, and is an autobiographical account of climbing adventures in the world’s remote ranges, including the Cordillera Darwin, Alaska and Greenland.

The Blurb from the back of the book -

All mountaineers develop differently. Some go higher, some try ever-steeper faces and others specialise in a particular range or region. I am increasingly drawn to remoteness - to places where few others have trod.’ The “Wild Within” is the third book from Simon Yates, one of Britain’s most accomplished and daring mountaineers. With his insatiable appetite for adventure and exploratory mountaineering, Yates leads unique expeditions to unclimbed peaks in the Cordillera Darwin in Tierra del Fuego, the Wrangell St-Elias ranges on the Alaskan-Yukon border, and Eastern Greenland. Laced with dry humour, he relates his own experience of the rapid commercialisation of mountain wilderness, while grappling with his new-found commitments as a family man. At the same time he must endure his role in the film adaptation of Joe Simpson’s “Touching The Void”, having to relive the events of that trip to Peru for a Hollywood director. Yates’ subsequent escape to the some of the world’s most remote mountains isn’t quite the experience it once was, as he witnesses first hand the advance of modern communications into the wilderness, signalled by the ubiquitous mobile phone masts appearing in once deserted mountain valleys. He is left to dwell on the remaining significance of mountain wilderness and must rediscover what the notion of ‘wild’ means for him now.

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