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Learning to Breathe

Learning to Breathe

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At the age of sixteen, Andy Cave followed in his father's and grandfather's footsteps and became a miner - one of the last recruits into a dying world.

Every day he would descend 3,000 feet into Grimethorpe pit. But at weekends Andy escaped from the pithead to a very different world - testing his nerve on the cliffs and mountains around Britain, and forging endearing friendships with his new companions.

Enduring the 1984-85 miners' strike - the guilt, the broken friendships, the poverty - Andy continued to indulge his passion. In 1986, after much soul searching, he quit his job as a miner in order to devote himself to mountaineering. At the same time he decided to educate himself, acquiring almost from a standing start academic qualifications including a PhD in socio-linguistics.

This extraordinary twin odyssey is graphically recalled in this remarkable book. In the Himalaya in 1997, Andy achieved a courageous first ascent on one of the steepest and most difficult summits in the world - the north face of Changabang.


• ISBN 10: 009947266X
• ISBN 13: 9780099472667
• Author: Andy Cave
• Publisher: Arrow
• Published Date: March 2006
• Edition: 1st , Mar-2006
• Binding: Paperback
• Illustrations: 16 illustrations


• No of Pages: 304
• Page Size: 132 x 197mm
• Weight: 240g

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