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Fairly short but slow ...

Fairly short but slow going. This isn't so much a climbing book as a autobiography of a climber. Or a disjointed series of memories and incidents picked out to high light few points. Starting back in the '50s with how climbing in the UK became a sport each fairly short chapter picks up a climbing theme - the bivouac, the fall, access etc. and includes a few personal recollections to highlight the issues involved. Drasdo has a long climbing history so he has many such incidents to call upon, but unfortunetly many of them blur together and the detailed narration that would make gripping read fails to appear. However the sketches do suffice to describe the situations well - much in the nature of discussing some familiar topic with friends in a pub. This is perhaps the strength and the weakness of the book - you need to be fairly familiar with what is being discussed, but anybody with large experiance will have already considered these topics. You alos need ot have some familiarity with the key UK climbing crags. Although I am not exactly a novice climber I struggled to follow the rare details of specific climbs. A grammer is provided at the end for those with no climbing experiance, but I suspect this would be of minimal use. It is in many places interesting, but the dry telling fails to capture the reader. Worth picking up if you have an interest in UK climbing, have met Drasdo on the rock somewhere, or are interested in exploring the climbers pyshe, but otherwise let it be.

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