A new book in the shops.
A book that might interest trampers and will no doubt catch many tramper's eye in the bookshops this summer is Laurence Fearney's The Hut Builder. http://www.mcleodsbooks.co.nz/books/The_Hut_Builder/0143205064.html I felt compelled to read this as my own father assisted in building some of the huts in the Mt Cook region in the 1950s and 60s. I didn't expect to enjoy the book but in the end I did. It isn't really a book about tramping, but is more of a literary volume about a man growing up in a small Canterbury town, in a family tragicly berieved during the war. He goes on to discover the Mackenzie County, the Mt Cook area and to write poetry. The bit about building huts is where he makes contact with an old west coaster, sharing a snowcave during storms, and learns of his story. The hut building episode ends up with a meeting with Ed Hilary and Harry Ayres who ask him to join them on an ascent of the Middle Peak of Mt Cook. I was impressed that the hut building bit seemed quite accurate to me, recalling what my Dad had said. It also relived some of my own experiences going on famuly holidays to Mt Cook as a child myself, watching avalanches off Mt Sefton at Kea Point one of those memories. It is well written and I think enjoyable, though the mountains are more there as a scenic backdrop, rather than part of the story itself.
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