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An Italian prisoner of war in equatorial East Africa recounts his escape from a British POW camp so that he might climb the 17,000-foot peak of Mount Kenya.


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An Italian prisoner of war in equatorial East Africa recounts his escape from a British POW camp so that he might climb the 17,000-foot peak of Mount Kenya.

30 review for No Picnic on Mount Kenya: A Daring Escape, A Perilous Climb

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    Let me begin by stating that I am a climber and have a desire for adventure; sure, those might seem to go hand in hand, but how many climbers are willing to suffer in their thirst for adventure? My suffering has been hardly that, but the limited hardship I've endured has brought an appreciation for those who have set their sets higher, further afield or took on a challenge thought foolhardy by many. Which brings us to this book, this author, this audacious undertaking. Any climber or traveler Let me begin by stating that I am a climber and have a desire for adventure; sure, those might seem to go hand in hand, but how many climbers are willing to suffer in their thirst for adventure? My suffering has been hardly that, but the limited hardship I've endured has brought an appreciation for those who have set their sets higher, further afield or took on a challenge thought foolhardy by many. Which brings us to this book, this author, this audacious undertaking. Any climber or traveler who has spent some time crashing through the brush, navigating off trail, guessing at what might lie above and the best path to it will appreciate Benuzzi's writing, which captures the essence of being outdoors, off the beaten track on an adventure. It is not lost on the reader that the this is the vantage point of one who is restrained (actually prevented) much more than we are from enjoying "being out there." He distills his sense of wonder and appreciation into words. I really enjoyed the detailed descriptions of how they finagled materials to create their gear, amazing. And I enjoyed even more the view of life at the POW camp--really a microcosm of society itself, who would have guessed? This may be a book that will stick with you long afterwards. I special ordered my copy, and as I rarely keep books (I live in an 800 sq ft home) I sold it back to the bookstore. Since, I have looked for it more than once...hoping to chance upon it for another read. Maybe that next time I'll keep it--it deserves a spot simply to be frequently seen and remembered, it is that special.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lobsang

    When I described this book to a friend, he was upset that the POWs break back into the camp after climbing Mt Kenya: "That's not how an escape story is supposed to end!" But it's not an escape story; it's a story about taking enormous risk in answer to one's inner freedom. Benuzzi would be a better reader than writer of poetry; the descriptive and narrative skill are not award winning. But spirit of this journey comes through vividly -- for me, especially once the party is above the tree line. When I described this book to a friend, he was upset that the POWs break back into the camp after climbing Mt Kenya: "That's not how an escape story is supposed to end!" But it's not an escape story; it's a story about taking enormous risk in answer to one's inner freedom. Benuzzi would be a better reader than writer of poetry; the descriptive and narrative skill are not award winning. But spirit of this journey comes through vividly -- for me, especially once the party is above the tree line. As the vista opens out, so does the spirit. And the chutzpah of breaking back in at the end is delicious.

  3. 4 out of 5

    sevdah

    There's no way I could recommend this book highly enough. Let me first disclose that memoirs about war or books about climbing don't interest me at all, but I flicked through the pages and noticed the clear and precise writing which is something I always enjoy. I was soon hooked and knew I had to take it home since it was unlike anything I had expected. Not only is it written amazingly well, the story is also great - bored out of their minds in a camp, three prisoners of war escape to climb There's no way I could recommend this book highly enough. Let me first disclose that memoirs about war or books about climbing don't interest me at all, but I flicked through the pages and noticed the clear and precise writing which is something I always enjoy. I was soon hooked and knew I had to take it home since it was unlike anything I had expected. Not only is it written amazingly well, the story is also great - bored out of their minds in a camp, three prisoners of war escape to climb mount Kenya and then go back after two weeks (they never planed to escape to freedom due to impossibly large distances). What makes it absolutely unique is that Benuzzi is a funny character with sharp wit, unmatched taste for adventure and a love of life that is simply infectious.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Vera Berezhny

    This book is an absolute must-read! The book was a pleasant, easy read and definitely was a page-turner. Not only does this book entertain you and swallow you up with the story it tells, but it also teaches you a great deal. From mountaineering to Kenya and its history, and World War 2 as well. This book is for all audiences and can appeal to those who live in the outdoors as well as those who would rather hear about someone else's struggle. This book is very unique, starting from the plot This book is an absolute must-read! The book was a pleasant, easy read and definitely was a page-turner. Not only does this book entertain you and swallow you up with the story it tells, but it also teaches you a great deal. From mountaineering to Kenya and its history, and World War 2 as well. This book is for all audiences and can appeal to those who live in the outdoors as well as those who would rather hear about someone else's struggle. This book is very unique, starting from the plot itself, to the characters and the format. It gives a very unique perspective, very rare to find. “No Picnic on Mt. Kenya” is a true story and a nonfiction text but is written like a novel would be. The narrator and author (Felice Benuzzi) writes and documents in diary entries what life is like in the English POW camps for the Italians, and then what the trek up Mount Kenya was like. After reading this book you will feel like you not only visited the POW camp but made your way up the mountain as well. It’s also a must-read for anyone who is willing to climb up the mountain themselves. You will also build sympathy for the characters and you will really feel what it felt like to walk around in their boots. All in all, this is a brilliant book that is a must-read and one which is so cleverly written so that it makes you feel like you are alongside the characters the whole time.

  5. 5 out of 5

    JD

    Great adventure book about 3 Italian POW's in East Africa who escaped from their camp to attempt to summit Mt. Kenya. The book is extremely well written and one feels that you are there with them on their journey.

  6. 5 out of 5

    catriona (reads)

    DNF at just over 110 pages. Interesting story and an amazing feat but I found the writing style dry and I wasn't invested.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mary Anne

    Benuzzi comes across as such a nice man, both in the POW camp and on the great escape with 2 companions toward the mountain, that he is rather seductive in his descriptions of the landscape and we can sympathize with the privations of their diminishing provisions.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    What a magnificent little book! I won't dwell on the feat itself, on which plenty of other reviewers have commented, other than to say that it is quite astounding. I only wish to comment on the writing: even without crediting his command of a foreign language, Benuzzi is incredibly gifted with words and has a wonderful eye for the humorous and sublime in life. Take, for example, this theatrical passage describing an elephant, Renouncing his drink when only a few yards from the water he stopped and What a magnificent little book! I won't dwell on the feat itself, on which plenty of other reviewers have commented, other than to say that it is quite astounding. I only wish to comment on the writing: even without crediting his command of a foreign language, Benuzzi is incredibly gifted with words and has a wonderful eye for the humorous and sublime in life. Take, for example, this theatrical passage describing an elephant, Renouncing his drink when only a few yards from the water he stopped and gave each one of us a short, almost contemptuous glance from his little vivacious eyes. Then he lifted his trunk almost vertically, together with his age-worn reddish-brown tusks, and dropped it gently and slowly in a disdainful half circle... A moment later his black shining back, surrounded by a halo of midgets, was hidden by the leaves which bowed to his passage and then closed fan-like as though to mark the end of a show. If it doesn't bring a smile to your lips at the very least, I'm done talking to you. My favorite passage, however, displays his marvelous artistic insight into the relationship between men and nature, nature and words: There were trees of great height, some with smooth slender stems like masts...; stately trees with stems supported by clear-cut buttresses between which one could park a car... there ropes, pipes and wires composed some huge machine. Poor modern man, amazed by the wonders of nature, can only describe these by comparing them with the monsters of our mechanical age! A great book from a great man.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tyson Titensor

    The author was a P.O.W. in Kenya during WWII. He stages an escape so that he can climb the second highest peak in Africa. He knows that there is no chance he will make a permanent escape, so his plan is to just return back to the camp after his climb and deal with the repercussions. It is an awesome story and I loved it. One of my favorite passages: "Never, I imagine, have mountaineers approached the mountain of their dreams--a colossus of 17,000 feet at that--under such conditions; at least not The author was a P.O.W. in Kenya during WWII. He stages an escape so that he can climb the second highest peak in Africa. He knows that there is no chance he will make a permanent escape, so his plan is to just return back to the camp after his climb and deal with the repercussions. It is an awesome story and I loved it. One of my favorite passages: "Never, I imagine, have mountaineers approached the mountain of their dreams--a colossus of 17,000 feet at that--under such conditions; at least not in this century with its highly organized methods for collecting information. Our ignorance proved an insuperable handicap from the point of view of material achievement; but from the spiritual point of view, which is of far greater importance to the true mountaineer, it was in the nature of a gift from God. Every step led to new discoveries, and we were continually in a state of amazed admiration and gratitude."

  10. 5 out of 5

    Damiano

    This is truly an amazing book. That's because it isn't only a brilliantly written novel, with many breathtaking images vividly depicted in its pages. It isn't either because the story is actually true, and three italians really did such a incredibly stupid and beautiful thing as escaping only for the sake of climbing the beautiful mountain they saw from their camp. This is instead a book where the love for nature and mountain emerges as pure and sincere as few others. Really, you should read it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    This is a fascinating true story of three Italian POWs in a British POW camp in Kenya during Word War II. They escape from the camp solely to climb the nearby Mt. Kenya, a peak that at the time had only been climbed by a few previous expeditions.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Far from detailed, this book just more or less goes through what happened. The writer has good humor every now and then.

  13. 4 out of 5

    E.

    While browsing a book store in Dublin I came across this book and was intrigued. Three Italians prisoners of war of the British in Kenya during the Second World War are tired of their confinement but do not believe they could escape to a neutral or friendly country. Instead, they decide to escape and climb Mount Kenya, which beckons from above their camp. And, there plan is to return to camp when finished. Just an excursion to spend some time in freedom and to accomplish something. So, this is a While browsing a book store in Dublin I came across this book and was intrigued. Three Italians prisoners of war of the British in Kenya during the Second World War are tired of their confinement but do not believe they could escape to a neutral or friendly country. Instead, they decide to escape and climb Mount Kenya, which beckons from above their camp. And, there plan is to return to camp when finished. Just an excursion to spend some time in freedom and to accomplish something. So, this is a wonderful adventure story about the power of the human spirit. And it's quite fun. With none of the proper equip or recent training and no weapons to protect them from the wild animals of the jungle and savanna, the group (with the help of others in the camp) spends months fashioning crude implements, hiding them, and readying for the day of escape. What follows is a daring nighttime run from the camp, days of trekking through the jungle and highlands, working to avoid people and wildlife, bitter cold nights spent on the rocks, hunger from lack of provisions, splendid beauty, and dangerous moments, all well told by one of the prisoner/mountaineers in a book he wrote after the war. As the author summarizes near the conclusion, "Hadn't we, wretched prisoners that we were, also raised our hands toward the Mountain, to ask her to give us back to ourselves?"

  14. 5 out of 5

    Davidg

    Benuzzi was held in a series of POW camps across Africa by the British. On moving to a new camp, after a few days the clouds clear and he sees Mount Kenya. This book is his account of the escape that wasn't; instead it was a mountaineering expedition to climb a great peak. Benuzzi isn't a great writer; his prose is functional and tells his story. I liked the opening describing the banality and boredom of the POW life. Waiting for the time to pass. The climb is a challenge but is more a time of Benuzzi was held in a series of POW camps across Africa by the British. On moving to a new camp, after a few days the clouds clear and he sees Mount Kenya. This book is his account of the escape that wasn't; instead it was a mountaineering expedition to climb a great peak. Benuzzi isn't a great writer; his prose is functional and tells his story. I liked the opening describing the banality and boredom of the POW life. Waiting for the time to pass. The climb is a challenge but is more a time of doing, of making your own decisions and of freedom. All they have to go on are a few descriptions and the label from a food tin and what they can observe from the camp through purloined binoculars. They don't have the history of previous climbs; they can't build on the experiences of others. Not only do they have to work out how to manage the difficulties of climbing with only the equipment they can make in the camp, there are also the dangers not often encountered in alpine climbing, such as avoiding leopards, buffalo, rhinos and elephants. Recruiting a second climber and a companion to hold the fort at base camp, gives Benuzzi a team of three undernourished and untrained POWs to attempt a climb that only the best equipped and trained have managed to succeed at. Good to know that tales like this don't just belong to British public school life.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Pj Anderer

    A rather fantastic story of prison escape, to a freedom of a different sort. Felice Benuzzi, imprisioned in a POW camp in Nanyuki, Kenya during the Second World War, breaks out to attempt to climb Mt Kenya. The 17,000 extinct volcano looms about town and the camp and proved to be irrrestible to the Austrian-born Italian who spent time in the Alps and Dolomites before the war. A thorough description of the preparations as well as the many days spent on the mountain attempting to summit the peak A rather fantastic story of prison escape, to a freedom of a different sort. Felice Benuzzi, imprisioned in a POW camp in Nanyuki, Kenya during the Second World War, breaks out to attempt to climb Mt Kenya. The 17,000 extinct volcano looms about town and the camp and proved to be irrrestible to the Austrian-born Italian who spent time in the Alps and Dolomites before the war. A thorough description of the preparations as well as the many days spent on the mountain attempting to summit the peak and written in an intelligent and flowing manner. Surprisingly modern in techniques and attitudes towards the mountain and life in general. (view spoiler)[They escape to freedom, not as a destination where they would be free from their camp, but freedom as the ability to explore and stand on the mountain, which gains an almost sacred quality for the author. (hide spoiler)] The book has extra bit of personal appeal as I attempted to climb the trekking peak of Point Lenana, the highest peak next to Nelion and Batian, the twin summits of Mount Kenya's main massif on a much easier excursion. I gained an extra appreciation for their efforts and achievements and enjoyed the parts of their trip that overlapped with out chosen Sirimon route (including the Mackinder Valley and Lenana itself). I wish a little bit I had read before I left to look for their route and landmarks while on the mountain.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ed

    This book tells the absolutely mad story of three Italian prisoners of war that choose to hoard and cobble together supplies, escape, climb Mount Kenya and return to camp. It is an astonishing read and was all the more sensational because of how obviously real a story it is. It is a wonderful mix of the all too practical - the number of biscuits left, how many hours marching per day - and the sublimely beautiful. Benuzzi does not dwell on the feeling of being a prisoner of war, but it is clear This book tells the absolutely mad story of three Italian prisoners of war that choose to hoard and cobble together supplies, escape, climb Mount Kenya and return to camp. It is an astonishing read and was all the more sensational because of how obviously real a story it is. It is a wonderful mix of the all too practical - the number of biscuits left, how many hours marching per day - and the sublimely beautiful. Benuzzi does not dwell on the feeling of being a prisoner of war, but it is clear that climbing the mountain becomes a purpose and a way psychologically of maintaining himself. I can only imagine the self-satisfaction and pride that comes from a feat like theirs; even though they were forced off the highest peak by blizzard, their effort and substitute summit are incredible when put in perspective with their equipment, knowledge and food. A great read despite my knowing nothing of mountaineering, Africa or anything like the hardship faced. Additional to the story are the lovely photographs and the drawings and watercolours produced by the author featured in the copy I had.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Niall Sclater

    This is an engaging tale of three Italian POWs in Kenya during WW2 who gaze out of their camp longingly at Mount Kenya and decide to break out to climb it (and sneak back into the camp again several weeks later). It takes many months to prepare for the trip and they even somehow manage to make themselves crampons and ice axes within the camp. Benuzzi's youthful excitement at the enterprise comes across throughout the book; he's entranced by the wildlife and the extraordinary environment of the This is an engaging tale of three Italian POWs in Kenya during WW2 who gaze out of their camp longingly at Mount Kenya and decide to break out to climb it (and sneak back into the camp again several weeks later). It takes many months to prepare for the trip and they even somehow manage to make themselves crampons and ice axes within the camp. Benuzzi's youthful excitement at the enterprise comes across throughout the book; he's entranced by the wildlife and the extraordinary environment of the mountain. He also provides perceptive descriptions of his feelings and relationships with his comrades as the journey progresses. The ending was a slight anti-climax though perhaps that's because I didn't want it to end. It would have been good to hear more about their treatment when back in the camp, reactions of fellow inmates etc. However, that doesn't detract from it being a great read for anyone interested in mountaineering, Kenya or life in the microcosm of society that is a POW camp - or who just wants an entertaining story involving extraordinary preparation, audacity and perseverance.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Aisha Ayoosh

    A must read for mountaineers and someone looking for a real adventure read. Really makes you feel youre on the mountain with them. Brought a lot of nostalgia and I learnt things about kenya I didnt really know even though having grown up there. I have always been fascinated by Kenya and always will (it runs through my veins), which is why I picked this book up. As a Kenyan looking for adventure, you wont regret picking this up either. It was great to see the author praise the tribes that lived on A must read for mountaineers and someone looking for a real adventure read. Really makes you feel you’re on the mountain with them. Brought a lot of nostalgia and I learnt things about kenya I didn’t really know even though having grown up there. I have always been fascinated by Kenya and always will (it runs through my veins), which is why I picked this book up. As a Kenyan looking for adventure, you won’t regret picking this up either. It was great to see the author praise the tribes that lived on the slopes of Mt Kenya who are formidable in character and beautiful in culture. Also to go as far as mentioning what Mt kenya meant to each one of them. The bits I thought that carried on was the history on how many Europeans made their mark and the history of how the climb was conquered by various names (this part is for the readers into mountaineering).

  19. 5 out of 5

    Hetal

    This is a great mountaineering book. The fundamental plot is that three POWs escape and attempt to climb Mount Kenya. The book describes in granular detail the entire effort to build equipment out of ordinary items obtained through trades within the prisoners' camp, and the adventures and the ordeal to climb the different levels of the mountain with different terrain, the fear and the actual confrontation with animals, and handling the challenging weather conditions. It is difficult not to fall This is a great mountaineering book. The fundamental plot is that three POWs escape and attempt to climb Mount Kenya. The book describes in granular detail the entire effort to build equipment out of ordinary items obtained through trades within the prisoners' camp, and the adventures and the ordeal to climb the different levels of the mountain with different terrain, the fear and the actual confrontation with animals, and handling the challenging weather conditions. It is difficult not to fall in love the with the mountains after having completed the book. The writing style is tedious: it is written by one of the three POWs that actually did the climb. Therefore, the writing is excessively narrative and misses much dialogue. But, given that the plot itself has so much drama, the book is yet an enjoyable read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Liz Parissenti

    Absolutely delightful!! Mountaineers are made of tough stuff, and this is especially true of the three Italian POWs who meticulously and creatively planned to break out of their camp, climb Mount Kenya, and return to camp while WWII raged around them. Their ingenuity is inspiring, and their love of the mountain - and appreciation of the amazing opportunity that they took advantage of - is a great reminder of how to exhibit grace. Since it was written in 1947, Im sure his emotions about WWII were Absolutely delightful!! Mountaineers are made of tough stuff, and this is especially true of the three Italian POWs who meticulously and creatively planned to break out of their camp, climb Mount Kenya, and return to camp while WWII raged around them. Their ingenuity is inspiring, and their love of the mountain - and appreciation of the amazing opportunity that they took advantage of - is a great reminder of how to exhibit grace. Since it was written in 1947, I’m sure his emotions about WWII were still fresh, yet his sense of humor and his deep love of the book’s pivotal experience really shines through. Definitely recommend!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Karin

    I read this book years ago without any interest in the genre, let alone extreme mountain climbing. I gave it a chance because it was a true story and not about a well funded adventurer but instead a POW. It had me engaged the whole way through and at least 20 years later it still pops into my mind. It has taken me until now to find it on Goodreads so I could record it. And now I won't need to search high and low for the title when the story comes up in conversation again. I highly recommend this I read this book years ago without any interest in the genre, let alone extreme mountain climbing. I gave it a chance because it was a true story and not about a well funded adventurer but instead a POW. It had me engaged the whole way through and at least 20 years later it still pops into my mind. It has taken me until now to find it on Goodreads so I could record it. And now I won't need to search high and low for the title when the story comes up in conversation again. I highly recommend this book, even if you don't give a fig about mountain climbing, it is about so much more and absolutely rewarding.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Valerio Rosellini

    Precious The book is an important and valuable testament of an adventure of a life when life was something to dream of and not given as granted. I apprexiated the clear style and practical view of this real story. At the end the history of the mountain is just an appendix but I understand the necessity of it for readers like me who are not alpinist. The book is not, I think, for technical alpinists only but also for whom whose aim is to express themselves in enterprises that cam set themselves Precious The book is an important and valuable testament of an adventure of a life when life was something to dream of and not given as granted. I apprexiated the clear style and practical view of this real story. At the end the history of the mountain is just an appendix but I understand the necessity of it for readers like me who are not alpinist. The book is not, I think, for technical alpinists only but also for whom whose aim is to express themselves in enterprises that cam set themselves free.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Terry

    This is an extraordinary tale of three Italian POWs who escape from their Nanyuki camp in British Kenya and hike through beastly lands to summit the mountain I was on six months ago. The book reminds me of Kon Tiki, displaying the grit of people who thirst for adventure. Felice Benuzzi and his two companions have the added impetus of fleeing unending confinement and boredom. With their primitive gear they relish their freedom, succeed in a harrowing summit, and then return to the food and This is an extraordinary tale of three Italian POWs who escape from their Nanyuki camp in British Kenya and hike through beastly lands to summit the mountain I was on six months ago. The book reminds me of Kon Tiki, displaying the grit of people who thirst for adventure. Felice Benuzzi and his two companions have the added impetus of fleeing unending confinement and boredom. With their primitive gear they relish their freedom, succeed in a harrowing summit, and then return to the food and shelter of their camp. The prose is also enjoyable.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Neil

    The true story of an Italian WW2 POW who, interned in a camp in East Africa, decided to break out so he could go climb Mount Kenya. His plan was to climb the mountain then return and break back into the camp, accepting that he had no realistic expectation of being able to escape, given their location and the surroundings. A mad-cap idea, which he describes very matter-of-factly, with a dry sense of humour. At times I thought he dwelled too long on the journey to and from the mountain, but The true story of an Italian WW2 POW who, interned in a camp in East Africa, decided to break out so he could go climb Mount Kenya. His plan was to climb the mountain then return and break back into the camp, accepting that he had no realistic expectation of being able to escape, given their location and the surroundings. A mad-cap idea, which he describes very matter-of-factly, with a dry sense of humour. At times I thought he dwelled too long on the journey to and from the mountain, but overall it was an entertaining, inspiring, and above all a humane story.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    If a good book should leave you wanting more, this is a good book, I wanted to know more about what happened to them after returning to the prisoner of war camp. The rest of the book did not leave me wanting more, the descriptions are vivid and you feel for Felice as he tries to organise things. And for the whole party as they struggle with hunger, the weather, flora and fauna on their bid to climb Mount Kenya.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jan Norton

    This is a story that painted a picture about life in a WW2 POW camp, and an adventure on Mt. Kenya. Full of details about what led to the climb, the climb itself, but most of all, the spirit of the the men involved. It is a story, universal to all men.... the need to live life to it's fullest, no matter the circumstances. My only wish would be that the author's paintings of this "picnic" had been included. I am amazed at how many details the author remembered.

  27. 5 out of 5

    JennanneJ

    What a fun story! An Italian POW in Africa decided boredom was worse than risking his neck on a climb of Mount Kenya - so he and a couple fellow prisoners escaped to scale the peak on a multi-week adventure. I loved his perspective on life and the practical things they did to try and prepare for the trip (MacGuyver-ing so much of their gear). The writing is not great, and he does tend to go on a bit too much here and there, but overall, a cracking good adventure story!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Chris Rands

    An excellent book that combines a thumping adventure story with good humour. The premise is enough to give you a good idea of this: a few Italians plan to escape the boredom of a prisoner of war camp in Kenya, to climb mount Kenya with improvised equipment, to break back into the war camp. A really unique and remarkable story about some eccentric characters living life to the full in difficult circumstances. This book deserves far wider fame and recognition than it gets, for it is a classic in An excellent book that combines a thumping adventure story with good humour. The premise is enough to give you a good idea of this: a few Italians plan to escape the boredom of a prisoner of war camp in Kenya, to climb mount Kenya with improvised equipment, to break back into the war camp. A really unique and remarkable story about some eccentric characters living life to the full in difficult circumstances. This book deserves far wider fame and recognition than it gets, for it is a classic in the adventure/travel genre in my view.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lara Thompson

    Benuzzi has such an honest and innocent love of nature and adventure that is inspiring. I'm not ready to attack enormous volcanos in hostile foreign countries without map not guide but I will appreciate the less well marked trail, the route only vaguely outlined and the maps limited to 1:50000 that we have for the BC coast mountains. Yes, they are a far cry better than studying the soup can label depicting the mountain.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jean Offutt-Lindt

    The entire concept of escaping from a concentration camp in Africa with the goal to climb the mountain and return to the camp is extraordinary. That they accomplished the escape, a climb and return with minimal amount of physical preparation, hand made supplies etc. speaks to the strength they possessed.

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