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WinnerBoardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature Winner Mountain and Wilderness Literature Award,Banff Mountain Book Festival Simon McCartney was a cocky young British alpinist climbing many of the hardest routes in the Alps during the late seventies, but it was a chance meeting in Chamonix inwith Californian Stonemaster Jack Roberts that would dramatically change both their lives and almost end Simon s Inspired by a Bradford Washburn photograph published in Mountain magazine, their first objective was the , foot north face of Mount Huntington, one of the most dangerous walls in the Alaska Range The result was a route so hard and serious that for decades nobody believed they had climbed it it is still unrepeated to this day Then, raising the bar even higher, they made the first ascent of the south west face of Denali, a climb that would prove almost fatal for Simon, and one which would break the bond between him and climbing, separating the two young climbers But the bond between Simon and Jack couldn t remain dormant forever A lifetime later, a chance reconnection with Jack gave Simon the chance to bury the ghosts of what happened high on Denali, when he had faced almost certain death The Bond is Simon McCartney s story of these legendary climbs Good detail, varied views with diary entries, mildly educational for a non climber I have read a lot if mountaineering books An awful lot Joe Simpson s This Game of Ghosts , Ken Jones Darkness Descending and John Porter s One Day as a Tiger have each vived for my top spot They have just been joined by a fourth contender This book is engaging, enthralling and ultimately emotionally hard hitting Highly recommended for anyone who has ever tied a fig 8 at one end of a rope and trusted the person at the other end with their life, and also to those who wonder how that must feel. What s it like to dance on the sharp divide between life and death To stand on the edge of eternity holding your life, and that of your best friend, in the palm of your hand All this in a place where the god of all things is the mountain and that god has a cruel, pitiless heart McCartney s book is a classic written by someone who knows how fragile life is and understands that sometimes the only thing between us and oblivion is the bond that binds us to other men I am not a great reader of mountaineering books even though I ve written one or two but this book held me in its spell and left me shivering high in the mountains of Alaska. I expected this to be as good as TouchingThe Void , but it lacks the emotion of touching the void by Joe Simpson You actually feel that you are there with Joe every step of his hellish journey off Siule Grande in Peru.You also get to know how it was for Joes partner Simon Yates, the conflicting emotions that he went through when he had no choice but to cut the rope in a desperate situation.The Bond just reads like a narration of a story written by someone else.