Climbing Blind, by Colette Richard. New York: E. P. Dutton, 1967. 159 pages, 5 photographs. Price: $4.50.
Colette Richard became blind at the age of two and wrote this book when she was 28. She describes her experiences and sensations in climbing school, which she started in her early twenties. She describes climbing with great enthusiasm and eloquence. The first half of the book is about her adventures and sensations in the Chamonix region of the Alps, where she climbed to 13,000 feet on Mont Blanc du Tacul. In the second part, she tells of exploring caves in the Pyrenees, guided by Norbert Casteret, who has written an introduction to the book.
Thomas H. Jukes