Mountaineers tale on the Himalayas

A mountaineer from Cumbria has written a book about the moment he watched his friend fall to his death in the Himalayas.

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'The generation that nearly climbed itself into extinction'

A mountaineer from Cumbria has written a book celebrating a style of alpine climbing pioneered in the 1970s and 1980s.

So-called 'Light and Fast' climbing was risky, and many climbers lost their lives. John Porter's book tells the story of a fateful climb in the Himalayas, where he witnessed his friend fall to his death.

They were attempting to climb the South Face of Annapurna in 3 days, knocking a month and a half off the best time, but their attempt was ended when Alex MacIntyre was struck by a rock.

Fiona Marley Paterson reports:

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Mountaineers tale on the Himalayas

A mountaineer from Cumbria has written a book about the moment he watched his friend fall to his death in the Himalayas.

In 'One Day as a Tiger', John Porter writes about how he and his friends pioneered a more risky type of alpine climbing in the 1970s and 80s.

The book 'One day as a tiger' Credit: ITV Border News
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    A mountaineer from Cumbria has written a book about the moment he watched his friend fall to his death in the Himalayas.