I bought this book for reading before and after my operation in Aberdeen. I knew the story and have been priveledged to meet the author Sandy Allen and his climbing companion Rick Allan. Both are local Scots of my era! They both served a Scottish Apprentiship when young meeting and learning from the great characters of their era! The book gives you an open view on Sandy’s varied life – his wild days and had days at home in the Alps and the Himalayas! At times he is brave in telling how his life was going and the effect on his family!
The book is about the unclimbed Mazeno Ridge on Nanga Parbet in the Himalayas! This is one of the worlds great peaks and one of the last great mountaineering problems
It tells of the years of effort on this mountain and a trip with a few friends into the “light and fast” total committement of climbing an 8000 metre peak by an unclimbed ten kilometre ridge which has several summits over 7000 metres! “‘A Skye ridge at altitude”
The journey through Pakistan Just after the murders at Nanga Parbat Base by Islamic terrorists and Sandys views are simple ! He loves the mountain people and feels for their hurt!
It is a great adventure – right to the wire, the strength shown by both no food or water for the last few days are incredible! It takes you into the minds of two incredible people and a fight for life and to see those who you care and love about in the end!
I really enjoyed the books honesty and too achieve what they did Alpine Style is incredible! Also both were nearer 60 than 50 and shows what can be achieved! The toll of the mountains especially in the extremely high ones is hard to appreciate ! Despite the incredible changes in equipment and knowledge so many of Sandy’s pals are gone! Why do they do it why do they push it too extreme?
Maybe some of the answers are here? If you look?
Mountaineering is a crazy , selfish game with few rewards. Other sportsmen become household names and millionaires for kicking a ball or other disciplines! This in mountaineering was simular to any World Class achievement how few know about it!
My wee country produced some people and many who remain in the background. I hope people read this , enjoy the honesty of it and above all appreciate the tale of a wild few days on an incredible route in a land that Nature rules and we are tolerated above 7000 meters!
Sandy & Rick received the Poilet De’ Or in 2013 a prestigious mountaineering award in recognition of their acheivements .
This was written on my IPhone at sea level in Aberdeen ARI after an operation! Apologises for the spelling etc I will tidy it up when I recover !
Well done to the publishers for this book