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Xixabangma: An Alpine Ascent of the North Ridge

Publisher: Epigram Books
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  • About the Author

    Coming from an island state without a climbing culture, Robert Goh has emerged as the finest mountaineer in Southeast Asia. Instead of guided, commercial climbing, he prefers to face the uncertainties of unguided expeditions to Himalayan big mountains. "If you're sure you can do it," he often says, "where's the challenge?"

    This is the story of how he led a Singapore team to climb Mount Xixabangma's Northern Route in alpine style––without fixed ropes, pre-fixed camps or sherpa support. The planning, organisation and execution are all here in detail.

    This book fills a gap in mountaineering literature which usually focuses on Western climbers. It is a must read for climbers attempting their first unsupported ascent of a 8,000er, especially Xixabangma.

  • “Robert Goh has written a refreshing and exciting account of climbing high with his Singapore friends. Every mountaineer and aspirant mountaineer should read this book, especially those from Asia. Here are mature reflections upon the lightweight and pure alpine style of climbing big mountains.
    — Doug Scott, who made an alpine style first ascent of Xixabangma's Southest Face in 1982

  • Lulin Reutens worked as a journalist for The Straits Times for over 20 years and subsequently as an editorial consultant and writer for 16 years before retiring in 2010. She loves the outdoors and has at different times been passionate about water-skiing, scuba diving and mountain trekking. An eager home cook and baker, she enjoys feeding family and friends—she once made brownies at Everest base camp at 5,300m for the sherpas. Her son is the owner and chef of a restaurant in Manhattan, but no, she does not help with the cooking there.

ISBN: 9810515529
Cover Type: Paperback
Page Count: 168
Year Published: 2004
Size: 230mm x 160mm