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Win A Set Of Autographed Books From Legendary Ontario Climber And Acclaimed Author David Smart

Legendary Ontario climber and acclaimed author David Smart has kindly provided two autographed sets of his latest books, Above The Reich and Cinema Vertigo. Readers can win a set by simply going to the OntarioClimbing.com forum and answering this simple question: Name the title of David Smart’s first novel (hint: read this article) and one mountain in the Alps. Two correct answers will be randomly chosen and the winners will receive autographed copies of Above The Reich and Cinema Vertigo.
Above the Reich and Cinema Vertigo by David Smart

Above The Reich and Cinema Vertigo by David Smart

Above The Reich is David Smart’s second novel and explores “one man's stand for all that is good in a world going mad: in the 1930's, a promising young alpinist from Munich struggles to stay above the fray and the base instincts of the valley that threaten to destroy all that he knows, and remain in that higher, more peaceful Reich of the high Alps.”

Smart’s third novel Cinema Vertigo, “is a story of a once-proud country shrinking under occupation – a washed-up director scraping for one final chance – armed partisans retreating to the high mountains as a last refuge – and a singular movie script with an unheard-of restriction: it must be shot on location in fabled Chamonix and the glaciers of the Alps.

Far from German-controlled Paris, the cosmopolitan actors and film crew disembark into the hard hands of the mountain guides and begin filming a story that will challenge them to see the beauty and power of nature and the simple grit and strength of the mountain people and give them – and France herself – a chance at redemption against their oppressors.”

David Smart is the founding editor of Canada's climbing magazine Gripped, has written and published five guidebooks to climbing in Ontario and is the author of A Youth Wasted Climbing as well as Above The Reich and Cinema Vertigo.

The winners of the contest will be chosen on Jan 30, 2018.

(Watch out for an upcoming conversation with David Smart about climbing literature!)
A Youth Wasted Climbing by David Smart

A Youth Wasted Climbing by David Smart

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Gus Alexandropoulos is a freelance writer who has been involved in the outdoor industry for over 35 years. During his career he has been the editor at Canada’s national climbing magazine, as well as the gear editor for a national cycling magazine, triathlon magazine and running magazine. His work has been published in Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, and he has been a guest on television and radio broadcasts. His passion for climbing began in Ontario in the mid-80s and he continues to travel extensively in search of crisp conditions and steep rock.