The Calling

  • by Barry Blanchard
  • Narrated by Barry Blanchard
  • 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

With heart-pounding descriptions of avalanches and treacherous ascents, Barry Blanchard chronicles his transformation from a poor Native American/white kid from the wrong side of the tracks to one of the most respected alpinists in the world. At 13 he learned to rappel when he joined the 1292 Lord Strathcone's Horse Army Cadets. Soon kicked out for insubordination, he was already hooked on climbing and saw alpinism as a way to make his single mother proud and end his family's cycle of poverty. He describes early climbs attempted with nothing to guide him but written trail descriptions and the cajones of youth. He slowly acquired the skills, equipment and partners necessary to tackle more and more difficult climbs, farther and farther afield: throughout the Canadian Rockies, into Alaska and the French Alps and on to Everest, Peru, and the challenging mountains in Pakistan. From each he learned lessons that only nature and extreme endeavor can teach. This is the story of the culture of climbing in the days of punk rock, spurred on by the rhythm of adrenaline and the arrogance of youth. It is also a portrait of the power of the mountains to lift us.

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what a great story

I really started looking into Barry after reading Mar Twights and Steve Houses books. They tell you how he is a great climber, but in this book you learn that he is a great human being and truley loves what he does. I respect him even more now having been able to glimps into the real Barry
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- Matt

Worth a listen if you're into climbing and adventures.

Not my cup of tea but it was okay. The narration was a bit painful but there were some good parts. Hard to follow unless you're a climber. I did appreciate the good positive messages. I am sure he's lived a daring and adventurous life. I do envy that and plan on making that my own story moving forward. That was the inspirational part.
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- A. West

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-07-2017
  • Publisher: Random House Audio