This stunning hardback is packed full of stories, history and beautiful photos documenting the rise and development of rock climbing throughout the years. A perfect addition to any climber’s collection.
The 9th Grade – 150 Years of Free Climbing is a beautiful hardback coffee-table book published by Catherine Destivelle. It documents the development of rock climbing from early pre-1900 forays right up to today’s competitions and superstars.
Filled with potted biographies and gorgeous photos, The 9th Grade has a place on every climber’s shelf.
Here’s what the publishers say about it:
‘There is something deeply primitive in mankind that fires the urge to explore, to search for the unknown whether it is beyond an horizon, over an ocean or, maybe, up a mountain. This desire, which includes rock faces, was possibly driven out of the necessity to search for food or minerals but, as modern society changed, so did the motive and-rock climbing came into being as a recreation using just body-strength and willpower.
This shift to a sport-like activity emerged towards the end of the 19th Century when those who would have been considered ‘crazy people’ risked life and limb on the seemingly worthless and futile pursuit of what we know as free-climbing be it on small boulders, outcrops and even great vertical mountain faces.
This book reflects on those women and men, famous or forgotten, whose lives have been possessed by their passion for the rock.
- 304 pages
- Size: 24 x 28 cm
- More than 350 pictures
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