Our extract this week is from the newly published A Line Above the Sky by Helen Mort
As a runner and climber, I’ve often seen the landscape of my body as an outcrop, sturdy and self-contained. I like feeling solid. Descriptions of female climbers tend to emphasise their surprising strength, the contrast between femininity and physical power. Jim Ballard boasted of Alison that one of the best climbers in the world was 5 foot 4 and a size 10 in a dress.