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Gary Hemming: The Beatnik of the Alps.

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Pages: 200

Language: English

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: Sentinel Rock Press (27 April 2015)

By: Mirella Tenderini (Author), Susan Hodkiss (Translator)

Gary Hemming-the enigmatic Californian who brought the modern American climbing spirit and technique to the Alps during the 1960s-was a cultural hero in Europe during an era of social upheaval. Launched into fame after a daring rescue of stranded climbers on the West Face of the Dru, Hemming became a star of the French media. Yet his fame in Europe-and anonymity in America-sat uneasily with his rebellious nature. Mirella Tenderini explores Hemming's tumultuous life and spectacular climbs, creating a profound and tragic portrait of a man who sought a freedom-of love and climbing-that eluded him in this world. And perhaps in death Hemming became what the living cannot be-a legend and a myth.

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