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Great Read by an excellent author, but I ordered this on earlier this year and after 4 months you said it was not available Then I found it looking under the author.Can you explain please If we were guaranteed success in everything we tried then life would be pretty boring Mainstream news reports about climbing are dominated by action from the world s highest mountains, often than not focusing on tragedy and controversy Far removed from this high altitude circus, a group of visionary and specialist mountaineers are seeking out eye catching objectives in the most remote corners of the greater ranges and attempting first ascents in lightweight style Mick Fowler is the master of the small and remote Himalayan expedition He has been at the forefront of this pioneering approach to alpinism for overyears, balancing his family life, a full time job at the tax office and his annual trips to the greater ranges in order to attempt mountains that may never have been seen before by Westerners, let alone climbed by them In No Easy Way, his third volume of climbing memoirs following Vertical Pleasure and On Thin Ice, Fowler recounts a series of expeditions to stunning mountains in China, India, Nepal, and Tibet Alongside partners including Paul Ramsden, Dave Turnbull, Andy Cave and Victor Saunders, he attempts striking, technically challenging unclimbed lines on Shiva, Gave Ding and Mugu Chuli with a number of ascents winning prestigious Piolets d Or, the Oscars of the mountaineering world Written with his customary dry wit and understatement, he manages challenges away the art of securing a permit for Tibet and at home his duties as Alpine Club president all the while pursuing his passion for exploratory mountaineering Mick is a climbing hero Giving his third autobiographical book the title No Easy Way reflects both Mick Fowler s approach of seeking difficult routes together with his recognition that there is no easy way to fit together the ups and downs and stresses and strains of mountaineering alongside full time employment and having a family life The first book in 1995 was Vertical Pleasure and subtitled The Secret Life of a Taxman , and the second in 2005 was On Thin Ice and subtitled Alpine Climbs in the Americas, Asia and the Himalaya These set a loose style for accounts of demanding trips in both Britain and far away places, encompassing both successes and failures An enlightening and entertaining up to date selection of recent experiences awaits readers in No Easy Way.Mick Fowler is highly respected throughout the climbing community and it is almost thirty years since he was acclaimed as the Mountaineer s Mountaineer by a National newspaper, and since then he has been presented with prestigious and well deserved Piolet d Or awards He has an insatiable appetite for exploring fresh areas and discovering new routes with No Easy Way showing little apparent slackening of ambition and achievement However after a frightening crevasse episode and other epics on Sulamar in China in 2010, followed by an investigative recce on a remote trade route, Mick pondered over his future, and came to a conclusion that he has objectives than time available This aspect gained pertinence after he retired in 2017 and was almost immediately discovered to have cancer, yet still he has plans for a trip to Sikkim.Defining objectives is a welcome perspective to Mick Fowler s writing and he outlines the points that must be satisfied for the truly perfect mountaineering trip He reckons the ideal objective should have a striking line leading directly to the summit, be unclimbed, be visible from afar, be technically challenging, be objectively safe, and have an aesthetically pleasing and different descent Additionally the objective should be on an eye catching mountain in a remote, ethnically interesting area, and importantly he wants it to be somewhere he hasn t been before In undertaking his objectives Mick Fowler prefers a team of four climbing as two pairs, and this is the arrangement adopted for most of the accounts in No Easy Way.Accounts themselves largely follow a common pattern, apart from side issues such as fell running, a new route on a Scottish sea cliff, rogue ascents at Nottingham castle, involvement with Alpine Club, lectures and presentations, testing gear and references to family Generally there is background to choice of objective with historical particulars and explanations on identifying possible routes, and there are insights to overcoming bureaucracy and political pressures, and cooperating with liaison officials Actual climbs, and descents, are graphically described together with the nature of approaches including travel and transport, and embracing arrangements with cooks, porters, muleteers and the like.Successes abound, but with the odd retreat all confirm Mick Fowler as an adventurous, dedicated unique trail blazer He writes in a self deprecating manner, full of humour, with every one of his short, sharp stories highlighting the camaraderie of bold, alpine style climbing on big mountains Details are provided for all his climbing partners, and their enthusiasm shines through Mick Fowler displays equilibrium in his writing to overcome the dilemma faced in mountaineering books whereby some authors understate the difficulties and become tedious, and others deceive by overstatement He ensures every story makes authentic, adrenalin soaked inspiring reading.It is not practicable to give details of all expeditions covered in No Easy Way , but these include Mount Grosvenor in the Chinese Daxue Shan range, Sulamar in the Chinese Tien Shan range, Kajaqiao and Manamcho in East Tibet, Vasuki Parbat, Shiva, Hagshu and Sersank in the Indian Himalaya, Kishtwar Kailash in Kashmir, and Magu Chuli and Gave Ding in Nepal Throughout his active life Mick Fowler has always amazed his peers for managing the greatest balance of mountaineering and work He has now retired from his tax office career and he may be fighting cancer, yet his passion remains and he retains a tick list of objectives. Mick Fowler s No Easy Way , is the climbing taxman s 3rd book of adventures Black and white covers are obviously this year s fashion, and although there are other similarities to Nick Bullock s book Tides a light touch on the near fatal, self deprecating humour, dedication and commitment to hard climbing, and an easy style there is a different feel about his collection of stories Fowler throughout the book is famously employed full time by HMRC as a senior and specialist taxman He s unlikely to read your or my tax return though, so don t think you can sneak in some kind of fellow climber reference and get sympathy Fowler is in one way a typical climber because he has a conventional job and other commitments, like a family, and has had to work his climbing around weekends and holidays In other important ways he is anything but typical His purist stance, his search for unclimbed aesthetic lines on mountains under 7000m, his exploratory passion with teams of 2, and his knowledge of the lesser known parts of the Himalaya, together make Fowler a distinctive adventure climber and mountaineer.He writes as much about getting to the objectives through the Chinese hinterlands as the climbing itself The tales of porter rebellions, obstructive bureaucracy and local culture remind you of traditional expedition accounts There are funny moments involving new dual carriageways in the middle of nowhere with locals gaily driving up and down any side they please, of manly physical intimacy in high bivvies, and the smelly details of pooing yourself at altitude Fowler is very candid about people he climbs with and knows I first met Victor back in the mid 1970 s when I recall commenting that I found him an irritating little squirt.Paul Ramsden s super scary 3 minute video of their epic mini bus drive to Kishtwar Kailash in 2014 went viral with over 12 million views worldwide Fowler s understatement in the written account is typical At least all the action served to keep our driver awake If you ve seen the video clip, you won t wonder why By contrast, there s some old school climbing antics closer to home on the outcrop at Nottingham Castle, where Fowler encounters something worse than Bullock s hungry Grizzly a jobsworth Security Guard who calls the Police Luckily it s a sensible copper and there s no lock up.Given the nature of Fowler s objectives, it is no surprise that failures are common His attitude to failure seems on the face of it to be accepting, although frustrated by it I myself am an expert in this field I wonder if Fowler would find as much solace as I do in the Japanese concept of the Nobility of Failure, Morris and Carpenter where the heroic failure is revered than the winner.Mick Fowler is big on drive, focus, commitment and leading full and challenging lives, but the biggie I didn t see coming having missed the quote in the prologue about being invited to update his obituary has to be Mick s cancer diagnosis in the last chapter, now widely publicised, so no need for a spoiler alert But what a spoiler for him I wish him well He seemed optimistic and remarkably relaxed about having a colectomy in a recent interview Oh, and he s decided to retire from work as well to allow flexibility for future trip planning A great read.