Mountain Melodrama

I found this adventure  book (Banner in the Sky by James Ramsey Ullman, 1955) abandoned in a classroom the other day. Click on the thumbnails to see full size images.

It’s the sort of book I would have devoured  as an adolescent. A grim-faced youth  bear-hugging  the rock on an airy arete, armed only with  some laid hemp rope and … a stick. Inside, almost any page is filled with over the top dialogue:

‘What about the north-east ridge?’

‘That is not good either.’

‘It’s not so steep.’

‘No, it is not so steep,’ said Rudi. ‘But the rocks are bad. They slope out, with few places for holds.’

‘And the north face?’

And so on. I guess by now you know where they’ll end up. I’ll post more as I work my way through this page-turner.


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