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Thin air and frayed tempers

George Finch was a brave mountaineer and an inventive scientist — but, according to Robert Wainwright, his fellow alpinists couldn’t stand him

13 February 2016

9:00 AM

13 February 2016

9:00 AM

The Maverick Mountaineer: The Remarkable Life of George Ingle Finch: Climber, Scientist, Inventor Robert Wainwright

Allen & Unwin, pp.412, £17.99, ISBN: 9781760111922

Born in New South Wales in 1888, George Finch climbed Mount Canobolas as a boy, unleashing, in the thin air, a lifelong passion. When he was 14, the family emigrated to Europe. There, as a young man, Finch excelled both as an alpinist and a student, enrolling at the prestigious Zurich Federal Institute of Technology, where he won a gold medal which he subsequently melted down to buy ropes and belays.

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