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Space Below My Feet - Gwen Moffat

London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1961, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with loss at the spine ends. Dust wrapper damp stained on the reverse, showing heavily on the lower panel, with the same to the leading half of both boards. Damp stain has penetrated to the gutters of the blanks but the text, though tanned, remains untouched.

Illustrated by way of: Glossary; Black & White Photographs; Portrait to the frontispiece;

From the cover: “Gwen Moffat is one of the outstanding women of her generation — the one that grew up in the second world war. Impatient of authority she deserted from the A. T. S. to spend the immediate post-war years living rough with a succession of men and women who lived off the land, taking up casual employment when necessary, talking, arguing, writing, quarrelling, sunbathing and subsisting on what city-bred people would regard as a ludicrously inadequate diet. Then, quite suddenly, the spell of Britain’s mountains and the urge to climb them came upon her.

From then on, despite marriage and the birth of a daughter, despite racking poverty and failure, despite a series of adventures not only on the Cuillin and in Wales and the Lake District, but also a hectic summer at Zermatt and in the Dolomites (where with one companion Gwen Moffat became the first woman to make a number of extremely severe climbs), she dedicated herself to mastering the art of the climber. So successful was she that she became a guide and instructor of others, holds the certificates of the British Mountaineering Council and the Association of Scottish Climbing Clubs, and is now widely recognised as Britain’s leading woman climber.

But these frank and extremely personal memoirs are far more than a straight account of a successful climbing career; this is, as Jack Longland says in the Foreword, a remarkable book of a remarkable woman, uninhibited and unconventional (much of her early climbing she did in bare feet), restless and only truly herself when on or near mountains. The book, like its author, is high-spirited, quick-moving, and its descriptions of places and people show Gwen Moffat to be not only a born climber but a born writer and a character of such originality, vigour and resource that our nation may well be proud of her.”


Foreword or introduction by Jack Longland. Size: 8¼" x 5½". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 286 pages.
£40.00

This one has already found a new owner.