When poet Andrew Greig was asked by Scottish mountaineer Mal Duff to join his ascent of the Mustagh Tower in the Himalayas, he had a poor head for heights and no climbing experience whatsoever. The result is this unique book.
Summit Fever has been loved by climbers and literary critics alike for its refreshing candour, wit, insight and the haunting beauty of its writing.
Andrew Greig depicts vividly the stark and hostile beauty of the highest mountain range in the world as well as the warm fellowship at Base Camp and above. His candid but affectionate portraits of the members of the team go a long way towards answering the inevitable questions of why climbers climb and, with his engaging tone and great writing skill, make this an exceptional travel book for a wide readership.
Much more than a book about climbing, Summit Fever celebrates the risk, joy and adventure of being alive.
Andrew Greig was born and brought up in Scotland. He has published many collections of poetry, including Men on Ice (Canongate) and two novels, Electric Brae (Canongate), which was short-listed for the MacVitie's Prize and received a Scottish Arts Council Award, and The Return of John MacNab (Headline), which topped the Scottish best-seller list in 1996. He took part in a number of Himalayan expeditions and from his experiences wrote Summit Fever (Hutchinson) and Kingdoms of Experience (Hutchinson).