Vertical Visual Masterpiece

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For those of us with unrealized dreams of peak-bagging, Vertical Vision: Mountain Photography from -5 to +8000Metres (45 euro, is a perfect reminder of what we’re missing. In the tome’s 200 full-color pages of photos, the Netherlands’ Menno Boermans and Melvin Redeker usher us from the flatlands of Holland to Himalayan summits, into the lives of the climbers who ascend these mountains and the people who live amongst them. Images of weathered men and women, curious children, and even a decapitated goat all pale next to the surrounding mountainscapes. Vertical Vision is an excellent addition to any mountain lover’s collection.

—Andrea Sutherland

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