Parnassus Books is pleased to welcome Jim Herrington as he discusses and signs The Climbers.
Nearly twenty years in the making, The Climbers by photographer Jim Herrington shares a stunning collection of portraits of icons in mountaineering — from Beckey, Cassin, and Diemberger to Messner, Robbins, and Wickwire, rugged individualists who, from roughly the 1920s to 1970s, used primitive gear along with their considerable wits, talent, and fortitude to tackle challenging climbs around the world.
In his foreword, climber Alex Honnold provides context for looking back at past achievements on rock, while writer Greg Child's personable and informative essay explores the history and accomplishments of both well-known and not-so-known climbers from this "Golden Age" of 20th century climbing. Yet it is Herrington's images-the result of his twin passions for climbing and photography-that pull us in, allow us to study the faces of these men and women who ascended bold, visionary lines, often in remote regions, far from the media spotlight. The portraits captured here reveal the utter humanity of obsession, determination, intellect, and, at times, frailty.