The Calling: A Life Rocked By Mountains - Barry Blanchard

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Barry Blanchard's inspiring book is a white-knuckle ride! Beginning at the very start of his climbing career, he describes early climbs attempted with nothing to guide him except written trail descriptions.

Throughout the book, he slowly acquires the skills, equipment and partners to tackle more difficult climbs, farther and farther afield: throughout the Canadian Rockies, into Alaska and the French Alps and on to Everest, Peru, and the challenging mountains in Pakistan. This is the story of the culture of climbing in the days of punk. Complete with photos, and a playlist!

  • Publisher: Patagonia (25 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1938340314
  • Dimensions: 16 x 3.5 x 24cm
  • Hardcover
  • 338 pages


Patagonia Ambassador Barry Blanchard is one of the most respected alpinists in the world. At thirteen, he learned to rappel when he joined the 1292 Lord Strathcone’s Horse Army Cadets. Although he was thrown out for insubordination, he was already hooked on climbing and saw alpinism as a way to make his single mother proud and end his family’s cycle of poverty.


Patagonia was founded by Yvon Chouinard in 1973, the company's roots are in clothing for rock and alpine climbing, but they now produce a diverse mix of apparel targeted towards skiers, snowboarders, surfers and climbers. Patagonia are a world leader in creating ethical, sustainable clothing.

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