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One Day As A Tiger

Alex MacIntyre and the birth of light and fast Alpinism

One Day as a Tiger
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John Porter's revelatory and poignant memoir of his friend Alex Macintyre, shows mountaineering at its extraordinary best and tragic worst. Porter draws an unforgettable picture of a dazzling, argumentative and exuberant legend.

"A meticulously-written history of a generation of climbers so fuelled by ambition and adrenalin that they came close to climbing themselves into extinction." - Bernadette McDonald

MacIntyre was one of the legendary and charismatic early 70s Leeds University group of climbers. He played a leading part in the British charge back into the Alps in the 70s and made numerous exceptional Alpine-style ascents and attempts in the Himalayas on the likes of Dhaulagiri, Changabang, Shishapangma.

He was tragically struck down in his prime by a single stone straight to the head whlist climbing on Annapurna. One Day as a Tiger explores the troublesome questions that all climbers deal with; from the 'fickleness of luck' to the 'frailty of life'.

"John Porter skilfully and eloquently fills the gaps and answers the questions about a time and a style in British mountaineering that were as refreshing as punk rock was to music in the 1970s" - Nick Bullock

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