Some of these brief essays provoke quiet joy at vistas of beauty others, a wistful smile at the inevitability of a rain soaked adventure He has a light touch in sketching the vistas with which he surrounds himself, and the people who call those places home His long career means, sadly, that some of these sights live on only in memory, so I m glad they re preserved here.
While I enjoyed most of the passages, my favorites were the simplest recollections of an experience or of a moment in time, burnished to a soft glow If you ve ever snuggled within the changeable embrace of Nature, you ll recognize the beating heart of a fellow old soul With its computers, text messages, and incessantly ringing phones, daily life can be both amnesiac and distraction Time in the great outdoors can be a wonderful balm and counterbalance, but it can be hard to come by on a daily basis You may find spending a few quiet minutes reading a handful of these stories each day will help restore perspective, and may even bring memories of your own outdoor adventures into crisp focus.
Good adventure read a little bit long but enjoyable.
My husband is an avid rock and ice climber, with a passion for mountaineering stories, and has read a great deal in the genre Over the years, I ve read many, too and, even though I m not a climber, nor particularly enad with mountains, found myself enjoying a great many in the genre.
Unfortunately, this wasn t one of them While my husband liked these mild musings than I did, we had somewhat similar impressions when comparing impressions after reading the stories were short, meandering and often pointless While fairly well written, and all begun with passion, many just fizzled out and the book lacked a connecting thread, beyond the obvious that all took place around mountains I was also surprised that some of the stories, all begun fairly poignantly, ended with rather juvenile humor Think fart jokes The tone just seemed, well, wrong.
All in all, there just wasn t much there, there, in these disjointed stories While a few felt like interesting dinner party anecdotes, others just wandered and went, pretty much literally, nowhere It didn t feel like a window into an experienced mountaineers life, but instead sitting next to someone who goes on way too long, telling stories long past the point of entertainment.
I could not keep from seeing Kev Reynolds, throughout this small book, as a freewheeling, footloose young guy of about 24, even though it s clear if you read closely that a lot of these stories came from a much older trekker.
Kev Reynolds has spent his life planning out walking routes through some of the world s most striking scenery all mountains His love of the casual to moderately challenging mountain trekking comes through loud and clear on every page These are short chapters, essays really, about his life hiking in the Alps, the Pyranees, and other mountain chains of renown, and you feel as if you re right there with him viewing breathtaking vistas, studying wild sheep, spending time with remote villagers with whom he seems to be able to converse quite well without speaking the language in the simple but universal language of humanity responding to itself.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book though only occasionally does something even vaguely momentous happen It s sometimes good to just kick back, feel the burn of muscles worked hard all day, and enjoy an evening in front of a campfire with a simple meal and a night crowned with a million stars If I can t hike these trails myself, I m glad Mr Reynolds took me along with him on the printed page.
Kev Reynolds is famous for his hiking mountaineering guides, and rightfully so He has 50 years of experience climbing mountains all over the world His guidebooks are considered required reading by some hikers.
This book, however, felt like a compilation of short essays written for a newspaper column deadline I enjoyed the book, but never really felt emotionally invested in him or his adventures There were great descriptions of flower covered meadows, breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, hair raising ascents and descents on icy paths, miserable nights with pouring rain, and Each chapter was self contained and not related to the ones before or after it, and often they felt hastily ended.
If you re a big Kev Reynolds fan or a devoted mountain climber, you will adore this book If you re not familiar with Kev or prefer complete diaries of hiking trips like I do , this book will leave you feeling a little unfulfilled It s not bad, it just doesn t leave the reader feeling exhausted or exhilarated as if they d been along for the hike.
I am not a mountain climber, but, oh how I love reading about a man who is and the adventures he experienced in the Mountains This truly was A Walk in the Clouds Mr Reynolds describes his experiences so well that I could almost feel the windy, cold air This book is a series of articles that he has written and every one of them is an experience He writes with a sense of humor, for example Wee Annie was a lady who wanted to climb a mountain, but needed help far out of the usual sense of the word You ll want to read this book to find out Annie s final gesture to Mr Reynolds, it s hilarious Even those who do not climb, including me will be uplifted with this highly descriptive and informative, well written book.
Beth Bristow Kev Reynolds is a guidebook author who writes mostly about mountain hikes and non technical climbs This book is different, a collection of short essays from his treks Some are funny stories with a nice punch line a few are touching accounts of someone he meets However, most tell the story of his engagement with a beautiful place.
Unfortunately, those accounts are inevitably personal These days meant a lot to Reynolds, and he conveys that Without photos, however, it s hard for us to appreciate them in the same way he did In addition, he tells his stories without concern for any sequence that I could discern They just seem like one memorable day after another.
That said, they are pleasant stories and well worth a read I just think the book could have been.