Clouds From Both Sides By Julie Tullis

    For those who love stories of mountains and mountaineers this really is a must. The autobiography of someone who was the leading British female mountaineer of here time (with a final chapter by someone else) is an easy read. Deep in a philosophical vein about life and mountains and warmly interesting. A great book for those who are interested. 9780586067659 4.5 stars 9780586067659 1943. Londra è sotto i bombardamenti tedeschi e la Liverpool Street Station quel giorno era gremita di bambini che indossavano una maschera antigas. Le loro mamme si tenevano indietro, chiacchieravano tra di loro, cercavano di trasmettere un’idea di vacanza, di normalità, in quel frangente in cui, per cercare di salvare la popolazione, i bambini di Londra sono stati evacuati, senza dare alcuna indicazione ai genitori sulla loro destinazione, sempre per motivi di sicurezza, né per quanto tempo sarebbero stati lontani dalle loro famiglie. Tra quei bambini, due sorelle, una di 6 anni, Zita, e una di 4, Julie. Julie Tullies.
    No, non sono le protagoniste delle nuove avventure di Narnia, ma è con questo ricordo che Julie decide di raccontare la sua vita, che inizia durante la seconda guerra mondiale (nasce nel 1939) e che viene poi vissuta appieno negli anni Settanta, conformemente allo spirito di quegli anni.
    Julie e Terry si sposano presto e vanno a vivere in campagna, nel Sussex (a High Rocks) dove si impegnano per una vita nella natura (hanno presto anche due bambini), dove insegnano a scalare, dove si dedicano ai ragazzi difficili (sia per carattere che per handicap), dove cambiano lavoro più o meno ogni 7 anni, anteponendo sempre la loro joie de vivre alla sicurezza economica (per un po’, vivranno anche in un camper).
    Gli anni passano e il caso vuole che Kurt Diemberger, la famosa guida austriaca che aveva due 8000 da primo alle spalle, che aveva fatto parte della spedizione al Nanga del 1953, conquistato da Buhl in solitaria, andasse a scalare proprio a High Rocks. Conosce Julie e i due, nel giro di qualche tempo, costituiscono un team formidabile e Julie diventa la sua assistente cinematografica. Girano per tutto il mondo insieme, lei scalerà sul Broad Peak e sarà la prima donna sul K2 – dove però poi anche purtroppo, morirà.
    Una storia di vita abbastanza interessante perché contestualizzata (gli anni Settanta, la sicurezza economica vista come una prigione della libertà d’espressione, una coppia flessibile – non sessualmente, ma aperta a lasciare una grande indipendenza sia a lui che a lei, pur restando molto attaccati) ma non la storia di una vera e propria alpinista, di qualcuno che vede nella montagna la realizzazione di sé. Soprattutto un libro shiptoniniano, dove non c’è spazio (come da buona tradizione britannica) per le riflessioni personali, per i momenti di dubbio ma solo per le descrizioni “pratiche e concrete”: dei viaggi, delle difficoltà, della natura. Un peccato, perché Julie ne aveva di pensieri ma li registrava su un piccolo magnetofono e non li ha mai considerati materia o materiale interessante, quando invece proprio loro avrebbero potuto fare la differenza e rendere il ritratto di questa donna molto in gamba, un ricordo indelebile e di spessore, mentre invece, purtroppo, col tempo, una storia del genere attirerà un pubblico sempre minore. Non era comunque intenzione di Julie di diventare immortale e indubbiamente ha scritto un testo che le corrisponde, coerente con sé stessa e la sua educazione britannica nell’abbracciare il lato personale della vita.
    9780586067659 I am not a climber, nor do I plan to be one, but it didn’t matter while reading this book. The chapters in which Julie Tullis narrates her experiences on some of the most challenging mountain peaks in the world are simultaneously practical and emotional. She builds an affinity with the reader so that the less adventurous can imagine the drive to make a summit, despite a clear understanding of the dangers.

    I do wish the first half of the book was much shorter. Too much time is spent on childhood and early marriage years. While early experiences surely affect a person’s path in life, the reading just wasn’t as engaging as the introduction and the last several chapters. Also missing from my experience were photos and maps that may have helped my understanding of the routes and the conditions. I read an e-book version. I believe a hard copy version would include photos, at least.

    Despite the length and lack of visual media, it was a highly satisfying read. It is a much more sympathetic look at high altitude climbing than other books I have read on the topic. Julie Tullis was revolutionary in so many ways, and her memoir is an excellent tribute to her achievements. 9780586067659 I would never climb a mountain, but I certainly enjoy reading books about people climbing mountains, and this was a good one. I wish the book was more interactive. I read it on iPad but keep popping over to look things up. She spoke about places I wanted to see and used terminology I wanted to know...I was constantly searching things as I read. This book was thoroughly riveting. Especially that last chapter. Knowing how it ends made some of the things she said in her book so devastating in hindsight. Beautiful book. 9780586067659

    The story of Julie Tullis, who began her career as a renowned mountaineer at age 38 and became the first British woman to climb an 8,000-meter Himalayan peak. 24 black-and-white photographs, 10 maps and charts. Clouds From Both Sides

    Brill to read a great mountaineering book by a female, and one that often gets down and dirty (in a mountaineering sense). She was an ordinary person who did extraordinary things. Very enjoyable read and a memorable record of this amazing life. This book should inspire others. 9780586067659 Took a while to get started, but as it was a biography, not just a climbing memoir I forgave this. I found her writing style very appealing and interesting, but it's always sad when you know they won't be writing any more. I appreciated the last chapter, written by Peter Gilman, even though I have read many accounts of the the 1986 K2 tragedy. She really did have an interesting life.
    My copy had one map in the wrong place though - the Nanga Parbat 1985 map came before the 1983 map. 9780586067659 What a tale of courage, determination and bravery. ...Bravo Julie !!. I wish you could have lived to write up the last chapter of your biography. She says mountains are like people. Each mountain has a face and a mood. You can get angry at them and they can at you. Statements like these can be difficult to comprehend for some one who has not been to the mountains..Or lets say..around the mountains..:). Its amazing how humans can push themselves beyond boundaries of pain. Just imagine yourself stuffed with another person in 6 * 4 feet tent up in 7000 meters plus peak. The temperature is well below -30. You are wearing layers of clothes and pull overs. The pull over on the top has a zip which has to be unzipped from back. And you suddenly develop a stomach. The only way it to attend a call of nature. How to maneuver your self in that tight space. Unzip the pull over and crouch out of the tent for a release? And at the same time prevent your self from falling off the peak as your tent is placed on a the available few square feet. Only she could have done this. Only she could have laughed at it later. She died on a decent from K2. 9780586067659 I read this book about 18 years ago with my book group. My husband had been climbing for a number of years so any climbing book had a personal connection for me but this one got extra press because Julie was a mother. This book tells the story of her attempt on Everest which ended fatally. It is beautifully told in the first person and then by her climbing partner. Incredibly moving and well written. 9780586067659 Interesting climbing memoir, made particularly poignant in the edition I read by the account of her death on K2. She went into some details that I feel are often glossed over in these books, regarding how the human body fares at altitude. 9780586067659

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