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Imalayan climbers aspire But Perrin examines the tough reality behind Whillans’ formidable achievements – the character of the man himself Despite his skill and daring Whillans was a savage tongued hell raising scrapper – turned down for a ueen’s Birthday honour because of a vi An intricately researched and well told biography of a man who's controversial character captivates just as much as his achievements on the toughest climbs of his time using far inferior ropes shoes and protection than what is available today From the geological playground of skye and the scrappy streets of lnkwell and Derbyshire in 1930s where Don Whillans grew up to his adventures in the Alps and Himalaya we are immersed in the interactions and peculiarities that so characterized him Especially notable was his tendency to never back down from a brawl with anyone who crossed him particularly if they were bigger than he was and typically he came out on top An example of his entertainingly honest and often fractious personality from his first climb in the himalaya they were delayed by a slow Czechoslovakian party in front Don in boots with a sack on his back bridged past them and onto the stance The wide eyed Czech leader said to Don sir you are tremendous the most fantastic climber in the world No mate responded Don I'm not the best climber in the world you're the bloody worst Not to be overlooked this book also contains a great deal of climbing history and insight

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The Villain The Life of Don WhillansOlent fracas with the police Coming out of a world miles away from the environment of the upper class climbers who dominated the sport Whillans’ forceful uncompromising personality gave him superstar status – the flawed heroism of a Best a McEnroe or an Ali From the Hardcover editi Whillans was a violent heavy drinking working class self caricature from the north of England He was also a virtuoso rock climber and at the peak of his powers pun intended a formidable mountaineer Jim Perrin is superb on the class division in British climbing in the decades after WW2 He has spoken to all the surviving major players in this fascinating world This is superbly written biography only made the compelling by Perrin's ambivalence towards the character at the story's centre

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Read The Villain The Life of Don Whillans reader ´ Paperback à Jim Perrin Ü ➾ [Download] ➾ The Villain The Life of Don Whillans By Jim Perrin ➳ – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk A fascinating thought provoking biography of a climbing legendDon Whillans has been an icon for geA fascinating thought provoking biography of a climbing legendDon Whillans has been an icon for generations of climbers His first ascent of Annapurna’s South Face with Dougal Haston in 1970 remains one of the most impressive climbs ever made – a standard to which all contemporary H I enjoy a little climbingif it wasn't for all the bloomin footnotes this would be a five star book