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Blanchard writes as the young alpinist climbed: passionately, full of heart. These stories are raw and superbly entertaining. Blanchard chronicles the “I hurt, therefore I am” era of mountain climbing. Steve House, alpinist, author, Training for the New Alpinism and Beyond the Mountain

Blanchard describes the essence of an era when climbing was dangerous and sex was safe. Like listening to classic rock music, Barry’s writing is just something I couldn’t stop reading; it makes me feel good. Keep rockin’. Marko Prezelj, alpinist, photographer

Blanchard is a great storyteller, and through his vivid characters and dramatic adventures he takes us on a journey through his early climbs in the Canadian Rockies to his later alpine-style ascents in the Himalaya. It’s a compelling book – I couldn’t put it down. – Steve Swenson, alpinist

Told through raw dialogue and striking images, what shines throughout is the respect and love Barry bears for his climbing partners. For Barry, sharing a rope on a mountain is emblematic of a deeply lived friendship. – Raphael Slawinski, alpinist

Conservative librarians are going to hate this book. The rest of us will love it. Sex (first time), drugs, (oxygen deprivation and others) and rock and roll (OK, more punk than pure rock, but definitely full volume), all against a backdrop of hard climbing on the world's wildest peaks. This is a story of brothers putting it all out there together, to a soundtrack of full-bore punk, sex and wild mountains. – Will Gadd, climber, host of documentary series Fearless Planet

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Barry Blanchard is one of North America's top alpinists, noted for pushing the standards of highly technical, high-risk alpine climbing in the Canadian Rockies and the Himalayas. Blanchard is a Patagonia Ambassador. He lives in Calgary, Alberta.


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... the kind of climbing book that I can heartily recommend to my non-climber friends (unlike the other 90% of ... 20. September 2014
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This is the kind of climbing book that I can heartily recommend to my non-climber friends (unlike the other 90% of them). Blanchard is a master story-teller, and wraps up lessons learned in the mountains together with lessons learned in life, all told with a compelling edge-of-your-seat style. Everyone will relate to the pedal to the metal lifestyle, which could have been in any context. The stage just happened to be set in the mountains for Blanchard. And what a grand stage it is.
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A riviting and "open" autobiography - Highly Recommended! 20. November 2014
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Barry Blanchard has written his autobiography and it is a great read!

What make a great autobiography? Its when an author has the courage to present an "unedited version" of their life and when they do not hide from showing their foolish or incompetent pasts. The last time I have enjoyed an autobiography as much as this book is Andre Agassi's "Open" and while "Open" may be better written with a professional ghost writer, Barry Blanchard's life is just as interesting, maybe more interesting as his alpine climbs often took him to over the edge where death was a real possibility.

I especially enjoyed the accounts of Barry's early climbing career when it seemed every outing he almost killed himself. Some of the dialogue he has written about the desperate alpine climbs and his partners made me snort with uncontrollable laughter. Reading this book, I felt connected to the desperate struggle's Barry faced in his amazing alpine climbs. Thankfully, the author was not afraid to explore his emotions writing this book. Wow!
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Turbo wow! 13. Oktober 2014
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This book starts out like a James Bond movie starts out. Visually exciting, heart pounding with some funny touches. It only gets better from there. Whether you are a climber or not, this is a page turner. Blanchard is quite the author.
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"It don't gotta be fun to be fun" 24. März 2015
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If you didn't know, Barry Blanchard is a legend, one of the best climbers around. "The Calling" is the memoir of his younger years. The book has the rough, spontaneous authenticity of the Beats, kind of Kerouac gone climbing (unlikely). It is nerve-racking at times, often funny, sometimes lyrical, and hard to put down. It reads as if it was written by a young man, which isn't the case. All the passion is there, Barry and his friends (climbing partners) are young, reckless, and almost immortal. And in fact he writes more about his friends than about himself, and appreciates their climbing abilities way more often than he mentions his own skills. Yet he is never shy to share his immense joy of climbing when it felt perfect, almost effortless, like flying, when it was a flow. Obviously extreme climbing isn't always like that, sometimes (quite often, it seems) it's more an "art of suffering". Yet "it don't gotta be fun to be fun", as one of his friends said.

Barry's book is fun to read. He wrote one of the best books in the genre, an instant classic. And a truly Canadian one, despite the altitudes being given in feet rather than in meters.
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Blanchard rocks! 29. Dezember 2014
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If you have ever been to the Canadian rockies you would have parked in a lot and climbed up to an overlook and, after catching your breath, gazed in awe at the majestic beauty of the mountains. Well, Barry Blanchard and his climbing companions made those mountains home. This profound memoir tells the story of those mountains, and the people who live to climb them. Also, there are very few writers in this genre who give kudos to those who have preceded them. Congratulations to Blanchard for crediting his writing idols, Rebuffat, Bonnati and many others. It is refreshing and heartening. I highly recommend this book, not just to mountaineers, but to anyone who reads in this genre. I wish Mr. Blanchard luck and success with this book and with raising his two daughters. Love conquers all.
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