Sacred Summits: A Climber's Year
Boardman, Peter; [Lowe, George]
Price: 250.00 USD
London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1982. Signed. First edition, first printing. Personal copy of mountaineer George Lowe, with his bookplate adhered to the front pastedown. Inscribed by Lowe on the front free endpaper: "George Lowe. / May. 1983." Publisher's blue cloth, lettered in gilt; in the original pictorial dust jacket, with a photograph of mountain peaks to the front panel, lettered in white. About fine, with a touch of faint wear to the spine ends, else fine; bright and unclipped dust jacket, with only some minor rubbing to the spine ends, else fresh and clean. Overall, a handsome copy, inscribed by Lowe. Sacred Summits is English mountaineer Peter Boardman's account of a single climbing year in which he ascended three different mountains, each of which is regarded as sacred by the peoples who live below them. Specifically, Sacred Summits discusses Boardmans' expeditions to Carstensz Pyramid (Punstas Jaya) in the Snow Mountains of New Guinea from 1978-1979 and Kangchenjunga and Gauri Shankar in the Himalayas in 1979. Its title refers to the conviction held by many of the locals that the highest peaks' summits are the homes of the gods - a belief that Boardman respected by ending his climb just short of the summit "in deference to the inhabiting deity." Notably, Sacred Summits was published posthumously after Peter Boardman died on the North Ridge of Mount Everest in May 1982. Fine / Dust Jacket Included. 1st Edition. Fine.