Climbing Days by Dan Richards

Faber & Faber | ISBN978-0-571-31192-7

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In Climbing Days, Dan Richards is on the trail of his great-great-aunt, Dorothy Pilley, a prominent and pioneering mountaineer of the early twentieth century. Using her 1935 memoir, Climbing Days, as a guide, Dan follows in Dorothy’s footholds, scaling summits in Spain and Switzerland. What emerges is a beautiful portrait of a trailblazing woman, up to now lost to history - but also a book about that eternal question: why do people climb mountains?