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Hardback in great condition. Dust jacket is worn and torn but book inside is great


By Paul Powell

The question in the title is fully answered in a wonderful book that takes us all over the place. Starting from his university years in Wellington, the author tells us about his first ‘real’ trips in the Tararua Ranges, and his Christmas forays to the central Southern Alps. After a break caused by the war, during which Paul Powell, abroad with the navy, was able to fit in a fleeting visit to the hills in Wales, the life-long journey through the Southern Alps resumes at Arthur’s Pass. A number of impressive adventures follow, on Mount Tasman, in the Matukituki Valley, in the Copland, in the Remarkables, and in wild Fiordland. The Great Unknown and Mount Grave are two first ascents by Paul Powell which give us a taste of pioneering times that are well and truly gone. The two final chapters, about the construction of Esquilant Hut and a visit to Ruth Flat with Paul’s son Conway, shift the focus entirely away from climbing, but continue with what is really the central theme of this book – shelter

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