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Bold Beyond Belief – Bill Denz NZ’s Mountain Warrior


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Twenty-eight years after the original hard man of New Zealand climbing was killed in the Himalaya, the story of this legendary mountaineer has been recorded in a book. 

The New Zealand Alpine Club is proud to support this biography of Bill Denz. Running to nearly 300 pages, with over 100 images and a Foreward from Greg Child, Bold Beyond Belief is the story about a kiwi climber whose attitude, passion, drive, and vision are unique in the 150-year history of New Zealand Mountaineering.

Extract from The Climber #78: Bold Beyond Belief book review

The 2011 1st edition sold out within a year and so Paul printed a limited 2nd edition in 2013 that featured new input from overseas climbers plus a few updates and edits. This popular book again sold out quickly and was reprinted again in 2015. This is the latest reprint, February 2018.

165 x 230mm paperback
colour and black/white images
308 pages

Published: 2nd edition 2013 (reprint 2018)
ISBN: 9780473233198

Author: Paul Maxim

Paul Maxim spent three years painstakingly researching and writing this biography. Complete with the full co-operation of Bills’ family, the biography traces Denz’s life from his formative years through to that final expedition to Makalu. The book covers, in Denz’s own words, plus from recollections of friends, associates and climbers throughout the world, his ground-breaking years in the Southern Alps, the rock walls of the Darrans and Yosemite and his epic mountain adventures in Alaska, Patagonia, Nepal and Tibet.

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