A Youth Wasted Climbing

By (author): David Chaundy-Smart
ISBN 9781771600675
Softcover | Publication Date: May 4, 2015
Book Dimensions: 5.75 in x 7.75 in
264 Pages
$20.00 CAD

About the Book

Shortlisted for the 2015 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival award for Mountain & Wilderness Literature.

David Chaundy-Smart took it as a compliment when his high school vice-principal told him he was wasting his youth by climbing. Here, he tells the story of how he and his brother, Reg, spent the last years of the 1970s fighting suburban boredom to become, in the words of renowned climbing historian Chic Scott, “one of the leading figures in Ontario rock climbing throughout the 1980s.”

With its vivid accounts of short and nasty climbs, dubious mentors, hapless climbing partners, teenage crushes, bad cars, underage drinking and questionable climbing techniques, this is a memoir of coming of age in a simpler era of climbing, told with compassion, humour and insight.

About the Author(s)

David Chaundy-Smart has been climbing since 1975 throughout North America and Europe. He has completed hundreds of new routes in eastern Canada and is the founder of Gripped, Canada’s Climbing Magazine, Canadian Running Magazine, Canadian Cycling Magazine and Triathlon Magazine Canada. He is also the author of five climbing guidebooks; a memoir entitled A Youth Wasted Climbing (RMB, 2015), short-listed by the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival in 2015; and the climbing novel Above the Reich, published by Imaginary Mountain Surveyors. He lives in Toronto, where he is the editorial director of Gripped Publishing and is still an active new router in northern Ontario.