THE LAST OF HIS KIND: THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF BRADFORD WASHBURN, AMERICA’S BOLDEST MOUNTAINEER, a dull biography

Dear Reader,

Author of The Last of His Kind David Roberts clearly knows his mountaineering history, and mountaineering fans will clearly appreciate it. He ties Bradford (Brad) Washburn’s climbing adventures to what is happening in the greater world of climbing during those times, including lots of names and places and expeditions. He’s thorough, and kind of boring, until the last third of the book when he writes with vigor about his interactions and friendship with Washburn.

I read Robert’s book because I wanted to learn what made Washburn “the last of his kind,” what made him put himself through what he did. He was driven, demanding, socially awkward with women, intelligent, single-minded, practical, a visual thinker, and competitive. He loved his wife lots.

I didn’t learn what made Washburn tick. I think I would have been more entertained and informed if I’d read instead his wife’s memoir The Accidental Adventurer: Memoir of the First Woman to Climb Mt. McKinley.

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