[Reading] ➷ Learning To Breathe By Andy Cave – Ivogue.co.uk

Learning To Breathe At Age Sixteen, Andy Cave Followed In His Father S And His Grandfather S Footsteps And Became A Miner One Of The Last Recruits Into A Dying World Every Day He Would Descend 3,500 Feet Into The Grimethorpe Pit But At Weekends, Andy Inhabited A Very Different World Thousands Of Feet Above The Pitheads Of The Colliery Introduced To His Local Mountaineering Club While A Miner, He Soon Learned To Cherish This Newfound Freedom Living Through The Coalminer S Strikes Of The Mid Eighties The Guilt, The Broken Friendships, The Poverty Andy Continued To Indulge His Passion, And In 1986, After Much Soul Searching, He Quit The Mines In Order To Take Up Mountaineering Professionally At The Same Time He Decided To Educate Himself, Acquiring, Almost From A Standing Start, Academic Qualifications Including A PhD In Sociology This Extraordinary Twin Odyssey Is Graphically Recalled In This Remarkable Book Andy Also Recounts The Grim Tale Of One Of The Steepest And Most Difficult Summits In The World The North Face Of Changabang In The Himalaya Seventeen Days Later, He And Two Of His Teammates His Best Friend Had Already Perished Crawled Into Base Camp, Frostbitten And Emaciated His Account Of This Terrifying Experience Provides A Dramatic Climax To This Extraordinary Story Learning To Breathe Is First And Foremost A Lively And Humorous Memoir, Written With Energy And Insight, About Two Very Different Groups Of Men, Each Navigating Equally Inhospitable Worlds Finally, On A Larger Scale, It Is An Examination Of Our Ability To Draw On Inner Strengths And The Strengths Of Others.

10 thoughts on “Learning To Breathe

  1. says:

    An interesting life Growing up in a coal mining village in England, down the pit at sixteen I remember the mines being closed after awful lengthy strikes by men who knew their whole communities and way of life would disappear if when the mines closed, and they did He writes about life then well and how his growing love of climbing enabled him to see ...

  2. says:

    I was quite surprised to enjoy the section where the author talks about his career in the coal mines, as it s not something I ever read about, but it was interesting and well written You can imagine why he was then attracted by the clean air and bright scenery of the mountains after so many grim days down the pit I have great admiratio...

  3. says:

    Great book about a eppic climb in the Himalaya s, and the history of coal mining in Yorkshire I also thought was really interesting.

  4. says:

    What a great read Andy Cave is a truly gifted story teller and his text captivates from the beginnings experiences in mining to adventures in the world s highest mountains.

  5. says:

    Brilliant story, I have so much for the guy, but the book just seems to miss things, jumps on in time and misses some of his earliest forays into the Himalayas Could have been so much better.

  6. says:

    Excellent account of starting as a miner and discovering climbing Tragic tale of his first ascent of the North face of Changabang.

  7. says:

    An average book that actually made me reflect on my achievements as a mountaineer and gave me no desire to push myself further So I suppose it s rather a biased review

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