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Space Below My Feet (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Gwen Moffat

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In 1945, when Gwen Moffat was in her twenties, she deserted from her post as a driver and dispatch rider in the Army and went to live rough in Wales and Cornwall, climbing and living on practically nothing. She hitch-hiked her way around, travelling from Skye to Chamonix and many places in between, with all her possessions on her back, although these amounted to little more than a rope and a sleeping bag.



When the money ran out, she worked as a forester, went winkle-picking on the Isle of Skye, acted as the helmsman of a schooner and did a stint as an artist's model. And always there were the mountains, drawing her away from a 'proper' job.



Throughout this unique story, there are acutely observed accounts of mountaineering exploits as Moffat tackles the toughest climbs and goes on to become Britain's leading female climber - and the first woman to qualify as a mountain guide.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1058 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 272 pages
  • Editeur : Weidenfeld & Nicolson (7 novembre 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00DVL64V4
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 All those whom wander, are NOT lost!! 5 décembre 2003
Par Josef Jurkowitsch - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
What happens when a confused young women tries to do her part for England in WW II ? She realizes that the romance of the miltary and warfare are trite ideas,so she deserts to a Bohemian lifestyle and discovers herself in rock climbing and writing. Moffat quickly discovers her talent for rock climbing with a group of poets, artist,vegetarians and other non-conformists - this leads her to become the FIRST certified Women climbing guide in Great Britian.
By abandoning the conventional life of a British woman in post-war England, she finds her strengths and weaknesses thru; hard climbs, leading inept and strong clients, providing for her child -with deprivation to herself and comes out on top. She'll be invited to Himilayan expeditions - something unheard of in 1950's society, even for climbers. Thru all this muck of society, she even finds her ability to write and communicate her struggles and successes!!
4.0 étoiles sur 5 A strong-willed woman pursues the high life in Britain's 1950s 5 juillet 2014
Par Philippe Vandenbroeck - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Entertaining memoir, roughly covering the years 1945-1955, of Britain's first female professional mountain guide. There is no deeper truth, just a frugal, bohemian life singularly devoted to climbing crags and mountains. Moffat was an accomplished writer and her prose is polished and poised. There are sections of great beauty, capturing the poetry of the climbing life to perfection:

"Above us a groove ran up the wall. This is followed for about twenty-five feet when, with sensational abruptness, the route breaks out to the right, following a rough crack to the pinnacle. But the crack - which is sensational - isn't hard. The crux comes near the top of those twenty-five feet. There are runners in the crack: tiny things to take a loop of nylon line. With your toes balanced on excrescences and your right hand on the rock, with infinite delicacy you take the sling off your head and place it round a knob. Everything is in slow motion, and perhaps, this day, every movement in this moment of time is perfection. You bring up the rope, clip it one-handed in the carabiner, the nylon drops again with the faintest jerk on your waist - and the second breathes a little easier as he stares upwards in the deep silence. And so on, stepping slowly, aware more than ever now of that silence, through which comes, perhaps, the cry of a kestrel. Near the top of the groove there seems to be no more holds, but you know there must be, so you look for wrinkles, and you find them; you choose the biggest and you step up and, amazingly, they are adequate. They bring you to the crack, the big, rough friendly crack which leads you over all that exposure to the flake and the belay. From there you look down at the route with the eyes of a lover, and across the gully you catch a movement. You hear a cry again and there is the kestrel slipping through the sun shafts in the amphitheatre ... "

The occasional exaltation is nicely balanced by amusing vignettes, for example of Moffat trying to rescue a sheep from an exposed ledge, or, towards the end of the book, flogging her overloaded 1932 Morris Minor across Welsh mountain passes. In between we learn about the author's domestic concerns and her budding career as a writer.

Most of the action is situated in Wales and Scotland and it helps to have a rough idea of the topography as the narrative is littered with exotic toponyms referring to the innumerable cliffs, buttresses and arêtes climbed by Moffat. A few chapters deal with her climbing adventures in the Alps (Chamonix, Zermatt, Dolomites).

All in all an enjoyable and frank selfportrait of a strong-willed woman pursuing her passion in a societal context that did not unequivocally support those ambitions.
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