Sandstone Press

RRP: £21.99
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781905207602
Publication Date: 22/04/2011
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To Ride the Mountain Winds
A history of aerial mountaineering and rescue

Leslie Symons

To Ride the Mountain Winds (possibly the first history of aerial mountaineering to span the whole period from the 18th century to the present day) is written for anyone interested in the history of mountaineering, the history of aviation and the limits to which pilots have pushed their machines and their skills. This should include not only climbers and flyers but also those airline passengers who, while sipping a gin and tonic in the luxury of a modern airliner, far above the shining snows, have paused to wonder what might happen if their jet-propelled magic carpet were forced suddenly to descend among them. Few will have pondered the connections between the histories of mountaineers and aviators but their interaction is almost as old as either. Complete with a magnificent plate section including 14 classic images from pioneering days and 26 beautiful colour images of more recent times.

Leslie Symons

Leslie Symons is an Emeritus Professor of Geography at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, who has been fascinated throughout his life by both mountains and aviation. His Ph.D, taken earlier...

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‘This is a great book, filling in a very important part of the mountain story.’
-Sir Chris Bonnigton