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Learning to Breathe [Reading] ➷ Learning to Breathe By Andy Cave – Buyprobolan50.co.uk 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 3500 feet into the G 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 feet into the Grimethorpe pit But at weekends Andy inhabited a very different world — thousands of feet Learning to Kindle - 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 after much soul searching he uit the mines in order to take up mountaineering professionally At the same time he decided to educate himself acuiring almost from a standing start academic ualifications 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 eually inhospitable worlds Finally on a larger scale it is an examination of our ability to draw on inner strengths and the strengths of others.

  • Paperback
  • 304 pages
  • Learning to Breathe
  • Andy Cave
  • 10 June 2016
  • 9780099472667

10 thoughts on “Learning to Breathe

  1. Hazel Hazel 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 ifwhen the mines closed and they did He writes about life then well and how his growing love of climbing enabled him to see some other horizons in his life His writing about climbing especially on Changabang is gripping and painful and fascinating As someone who likes to go where someone has boldly been before I'll never grasp the reason why other people go first But I do like to read about it

  2. Anne Waltham Anne Waltham says:

    Powerful readFantastic mountaineering book and a tremendous insight to the oh so tough world of deep miningCaptivating bookAndy has captured the pain and rewards of two very different worlds

  3. Zach Doyle Zach Doyle says:

    uite slow to start with but towards the end is very gripping

  4. Paul Paul says:

    Very well written easy to read and enjoyable for non climbers as well as climbers

  5. chucklesthescot chucklesthescot says:

    I was uite 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 admiration for those who do hard filthy and dangerous work like that The climbing parts of the book are fascinating I've never went up than a hill but I like to read about others adventures and imagine myself experiencing it Some of these expeditions though you really don't want to be on Wish I could be specific but I no longer own the book and can't find my review notes so I'm sorry that this review is so vague about the climbing partGood read for mountain fans

  6. Alan Onslow Alan Onslow 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

  7. Sanna Keskioja Sanna Keskioja 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

  8. Gavin Gavin 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

  9. Alex Alex 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

  10. David Douglas David Douglas says:

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

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