If you only ever read one book about mountaineering, read this one. The subject of the book (Mo Anthoine) was described by Jim Curran as “ a mountaineer, equipment designer and manufacturer, especially a raconteur, an adventurer, film maker, builder, husband and father, and much much more. He was also the funniest person I have ever known, whose sharp tongue and devastating brilliance with the spoken word could charm anyone, from diplomats to dustmen, from dowagers to dinner ladies”. This short book roars with the energy of Mo, of whom it was often said, that he achieved more in his 50 short years, than most would manage in a hundred. The book ends with this snippet of his philosophy on life ’ to snuff it without knowing who you are and what you are capable of …. I can’t think of anything sadder than that.‘

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