Cloud Walkers, by Paddy Sherman. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1965. l6l pages, 17 photographs. Price $5.95.
Paddy Sherman, a Canadian, skillfully intermixes men, mountains and enough historical background of famous climbs to make very interesting and satisfactory reading. There are other accounts of accidents and rescues which have little to do with the title. This title is perhaps a bit “far out” but one can accept the title after reading the book. The substance of the book is in the recounting of the first ascents of Mounts Logan, Waddington and Robson. These are great events in Canadian climbing history and Sherman treats them with a touch both honest and dramatic. The chapters dealing with accidents and subsequent rescues are treated thoughtfully and with understanding. The final passages, after the description of the ascent of Mount Fairweather ( the only climb that is not entirely Canadian ) will, or should, make a believer out of any climber.
Jules M. Eichorn