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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.
©2014 Barry Blanchard (P)2017 Random House Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 06-06-18

Wow... Get this book

I loved this book so much and when I find myself on long drives or hikes I’m might dive back into the world of Barry Blanchard and his extraordinary detail and imagery.


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5 out of 5 stars
By Christan Kramer on 04-13-18

Great. entertaining, and honest

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would. Anyone interested in adventure/alpinism books will love The Calling by Barry Blanchard.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Barry Blanchard. Since the story is told by Barry he was the most relatable character to me (insights into his feelings during expeditions, uncertainties in life, etc)/

What does Barry Blanchard bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Candidness, Barry's background story, upbringing, and path into Alpinism.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed out loud many times during the book.

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