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Shipton & Tilman: the Great Decade of Himalayan Exploration, By Jim Perrin. Hutchinson, £25

With what relish Jim Perrin must have written the dateline concluding this idiosyncratic biography: "Ariège, Bastille Day 2012". In Shipton & Tilman, the Pyrenees-based Perrin has ignited some impish Fete Nationale firecrackers of his own to slip under the door of mountaineering's conceit. His aim has been to reclaim these two explorers from an establishment within which "they never truly belonged".

Expedition members cross a crevasse using a light metal sectional ladder

Photography book review: Everest - Summit of Achievement, By Stephen Venables

On 29 May 1953, the New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and the Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers to reach the summit of the planet's highest mountain, described by Hillary as "a symmetrical beautiful snow cone".

Ueli Steck, left and Jonathan Griffith, right, were both nearly killed when a they were threatened by a mob of up to 100 angry sherpas

Treading on thin ice: Three European climbers get into fight with Sherpas near Everest summit

The team of three Europeans claim a misunderstanding between themselves and a group of Sherpas deteriorated into an ugly scene

Chris Froome with the Tour of Oman leader's red jersey

Cycling: Chris Froome delighted after taking overall lead in the Tour of Oman

British rider on course to win first major stage race

Wrestling at the London 2012 Olympics

Wrestling dropped from the 2020 Olympic Games

IOC announce decision

The cottage owned by Jimmy Savile

'Transform Savile cottage into museum'

The Highland cottage owned by the late TV presenter Jimmy Savile should be transformed into a mountaineering museum, according to a leading author and broadcaster.

Suicide of Three Cups of Tea co-author after claims it was fabricated

Fans of Three Cups of Tea, the non-fiction book about building schools for rural children in Afghanistan and Pakistan, awoke to news this morning that one of its two authors, David Oliver Relin, had died at the age of 49 in what the authorities said was suicide.

Patrick Edlinger: ‘The god of free climbing’ who became a national hero in France

Patrick Edlinger, who has died aged 52  after falling down stairs at his home, was often described as “the God of free-climbing”. Overcoming sheer vertical rock faces and horizontal overhangs, often without safety ropes or even shoes, he was widely known in France simply as “le Blond,” and among his English-speaking fans as “the blond Adonis”.

‘It was like watching a lizard on a rock’: Edlinger’s exploits were recorded in the film La vie aux bouts des doigts

Patrick Edlinger: The highs and lows of France’s pioneering rock god

The rock-climber, who gave the sport mass appeal but was beset by inner demons, has died at 52

Magni wins the 22nd and final stage of the 1953 Tour de France at Parc des Princes in Paris; he finished 15th overall

Fiorenzo Magni: Controversial cycling champion

Fiorenzo Magni, who died yesterday at the age of 91, was one of the biggest and most controversial names from the golden age of post-war Italian cycling.

Tributes paid to Alps avalanche victim Roger Payne

The mountaineering world has led tributes to one of the UK's most respected climbers after he was killed alongside two other Britons in a devastating avalanche.

Mission to Paris, By Alan Furst

The romantic moralist of spy fiction returns with a shaded tale of the movies and Munich

Exertion Games Lab's modified bike helmet

Will Dean's Ideas Factory: A nod of the head to show which way you're going

In a recent feature on bike innovations we looked at the Pulse bike from Teague which lights up like a Tron lightcycle.

Everest was identified as the highest peak in 1854

Three climbers die on 'overcrowded' Everest

Three climbers died and two others went missing while descending the summit of Mount Everest – a toll that raised concerns about overcrowding in the "death zone" at the top of the world's tallest peak.

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