One Day as a Tiger
Alex MacIntyre and the Birth of Light and Fast Alpinism
by John Porter
Release Date: 25/10/2016
ISBN 9781771601665
6 x 9 inches
312 pages
$25.00 (CAD)


A revelatory and poignant memoir showing mountaineering at its extraordinary best and tragic worst as it draws an unforgettable picture of a dazzling, argumentative and exuberant climbing legend.

In the autumn of 1982, a single stone fell from high on the south face of Annapurna and struck Alex MacIntyre on the head, killing him instantly and robbing the climbing world of one of its greatest talents.

Although only 28 years old, Alex was already one of the leading figures of British mountaineering’s most successful era. His ascents included hard new routes on Himalayan giants like Dhaulagiri and Changabang and a glittering record of firsts in the Alps and Andes. Yet how Alex climbed was as important as what he climbed. He was a mountaineering prophet, sharing with a handful of contemporaries – including his climbing partner Voytek Kurtyka – the vision of a purer form of alpinism on the world's highest peaks.

One Day as a Tiger: Alex MacIntyre and the Birth of Light and Fast Alpinism
by John Porter
BISAC: SPO029000
BISAC: SPO064000
BISAC: BIO016000


I won't beat about the bush: if there's just one climbing biography you should read this year, this is it.—Steve Long, The Professional Mountaineer magazine

One of my greatest regrets is never having the chance to meet Alex MacIntyre. He was a true inspiration. In One Day as a Tiger, John Porter skilfully and eloquently fills the gaps and answers the questions about a time and a style in British mountaineering that were as refreshing as punk rock was to music in the 1970s.—Nick Bullock, author of Echoes: One Climber's Hard Road to Freedom

A meticulously-researched history of a generation of climbers so fuelled by ambition and adrenalin that they came close to climbing themselves into extinction.—Bernadette McDonald, author of Freedom Climbers and Alpine Warriors

One Day as a Tiger gets at truths that very few biographies of mountaineers have touched. That Porter waited three decades to tell the story of his lost comrade no doubt accounts for much of the wisdom and power of this remarkable book.—David Roberts, Banff Mountain Book Festival

A fine and intelligent book.Daily Mail (UK)

One of the most intelligent, closely observed and engaging books ever written about mountaineering.—David Pickford, Climb Magazine

This book, which is full of humour and anecdotes, is written with exceptional liveliness. It is among the great books of alpinism.Vertical Magazine

Porter's writing is uncluttered and effortless ... capturing an extraordinary time when alpinism was dangerous and rebellious. I wholeheartedly recommend this excellent book.—Ian Parnell, Climb Magazine

One Day as a Tiger is a brilliant read on so many different levels; a vivid and perceptive biography of one of the most talented and innovative climbers of his generation, but going much further to unveil a forgotten story which encompasses the breathtaking confidence of the anarchic and dynamic climbing culture that grew up during the cold war on both sides of the Iron Curtain.—Chris Bonington, author of Chris Bonington’s Everest

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