Occasional Climber is in a generously sized coffee table format, richly filled with alpine images. But it also offers a narrative that weaves the images together in a way that you might not expect in what, at first glance, appears to be just a mountain photography book.
Occasional Climber works on two levels – firstly it takes the reader into mountain places, both in New Zealand and further afield, giving the reader an up close perspective. Quite a few of the “known” NZ peaks are covered so it’s of interest to hikers who are thinking about getting above the trails; and climbers who enjoy reliving climbs. I’ve been into the Himalaya often, so that aspect is also covered at an accessible level – both terrain and people.
On the second level I’ve used my mountain experiences to reflect on wider issues – some mountaineering related, but just as many of a broader nature, ultimately taking a look at fundamental issues such as the role of religions, getting older, reaching fifty, even the purpose of life.
This might sound like quite a hotchpotch, but those who’ve read my book enjoy the way the whole comes together.
NZ$65 (incl gst, excl postage)
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