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Maverick Mountaineer by Robert Wainwright
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Maverick Mountaineer

by Robert Wainwright

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Terriffic book. Great story a of a maverick Australian climber who, but for the pettiest politics within British climbing ranks, could well have stood upon the summit of Everest in 1924. George Ingle Finch, the (putative, thats a whole other story) father of actor Peter Finch, was a consummate climber and brilliant scientist. The book details his early climbing exploits in the Alps with his brother, and his quest for ever more difficult climbs, stymied by the fact that his abrasive personality and tell it like it is attitude got up the collective noses of the stuffy British climbing establishment, who punished him by ridiculing his belief that bottled oxygen was the way to go in Himalayan climbing and leaving him out of the 1924 Everest expedition after he had attained a then record height on the 1922 trip. This is a terrific read about an adventurous life, Boys Own stuff really. Highly recommended ( )
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