The Tower: A Chronicle Of Climbing And Controversy On Cerro Torre by Kelly CordesThe Tower: A Chronicle Of Climbing And Controversy On Cerro Torre by Kelly Cordes

The Tower: A Chronicle Of Climbing And Controversy On Cerro Torre

byKelly Cordes

Hardcover | December 26, 2014

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Patagonia's Cerro Torre, considered by many the most beautiful peak in the world, draws the finest and most devoted technical alpinists to its climbing challenges. But controversy has swirled around this ice-capped peak since Cesare Maestri claimed first ascent in 1959. Since then a debate has raged, with world-class climbers attempting to retrace his route but finding only contradictions. This chronicle of hubris, heroism, controversies and epic journeys offers a glimpse into the human condition, and why some pursue extreme endeavors that at face value have no worth.
Kelly Cordes maximizes outdoor time and climbing alpine-style routes. His climbing includes the first ascent of the Azeem Ridge in "disaster style." He writes to support his passion for climbing and is a Patagonia Ambassador. He lives in Estes Park, CO.
Title:The Tower: A Chronicle Of Climbing And Controversy On Cerro TorreFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.23 inPublished:December 26, 2014Publisher:Patagonia BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1938340337

ISBN - 13:9781938340338

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books I read a lot of Mountain Adventure books. I'm a mountain adventurer myself so it makes up a generally large portion of my bookshelf. I was excited to read this book after hearing about it on the Enormocast Podcast. Once I had it, I couldn't put it down. The book is incredibly well researched, well written and so interesting. It is the perfect combination of history, adventure and drama.
Date published: 2016-12-05

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Winner for Banff Mountain Book Awards, 2015, Mountain and Wilderness Literature - NonfictionThe contrast between the old and the new, very centered opinions by the author and a twist at the end that I was certainly not expecting made it one of the best mountain books I ever read. Cheers to Cordes and his brilliantly written bookThecampsiteblog.comThe Tower by Kelly Cordes is one, if not the best modern mountaineering book I've had the pleasure to read in a long time. Careful though. This is a book that is not easy to sit down. Sad part is, the book does has an ending.coldthistle.comI simply loved this book, and I'm a weary veteran of one-too-many armchair mountaineering reads, not as easily impressed as I once was by any slab of paper with a mountain on the cover and photos inside of manly men with frost in their beards. I tore through The Tower in two nights, this with a newborn in the house: it's a classic.climbingterms.comKelly Cordes has penned one of the most fascinating and well-written chronicles of Cerro Torre, one of the most beautiful, infamous and important mountains in the world. This is a must-have for any armchair mountaineer and history buff. Gripping read from start to finish.eveningsends.comNo mountain in the world is so otherworldly and has such a troubled history. This book is the most in-depth look yet. It examines the social and psychological context that has sparked fifty years of controversies and rivalries, and how belief influences everything we-both climbers and all of mankind-do.?Climber Rolando Garibotti, author ofPatagonia Verticalcombining cutting-edge climbing talent, a wicked sharp pen (okay, keyboard), and a passion for accuracy in mountain reporting. - John Harlin III, author ofThe Eiger ObsessionWith passion, literary skill, and relentless curiosity, top-shelf alpinist Kelly Cordes takes us on a wild ride through the controversial history of Patagonia's Cerro Torre-the most perfect mountain on earth.Gregory Crouch, author ofEnduring PatagoniaKelly Cordes embodies the climbing spirit more than anyone I know. I admire him for the way he devotes himself completely to writing and the mountains. He is also my favorite storyteller. I can think of no one better to write the story of Cerro Torre.-Tommy Caldwell, professional climber