By Andy Cave
On the age of 16, Andy Cave in his father's and grandfather's footsteps and have become a miner - one of many final recruits right into a loss of life global. each day he may descend 3,000 ft into Grimethorpe pit.
But at weekends Andy escaped from the pithead to a really varied global - trying out his nerve at the cliffs and mountains round Britain, and forging endearing friendships together with his new companions.
Enduring the 1984-5 miners' strike - the guilt, the damaged friendships, the poverty - Andy persisted to indulge his ardour. In 1986, after a lot soul looking out, he give up his task as a miner with a view to commit himself to climbing. whilst he made up our minds to coach himself, buying nearly from a status commence educational skills together with a PhD in socio-linguistics. This remarkable dual odyssey is graphically recalled during this notable book.
In the Himalaya in 1997 Andy completed a brave first ascent on one of many steepest and so much tricky summits on the planet - the North Face of Changabang. Seventeen days later, he and in simple terms of his team-mates crawled into base camp, frostbitten, emaciated and traumatised. His account of this terrifying adventure presents a dramatic climax to this compelling tale.