Reviewed by Caleb Shadis

Baffin Island is the fifth largest island in the world. The beautiful island is part of Canada and has very long winters. As the title suggests, Baffin Island: The Ascent of Mount Asgard is a photo journal of Alistair Lee’s trip to Mount Asgard on Baffin Island and his ascent to the top.

The pictures in this book are simply incredible! Mount Asgard is a something else, the sides are sheer for thousands of feet and the shape is unforgettable. Lee went with a crew with the intention of climbing this mountain. Complete insanity if you ask me, but I’m just glad he took pictures along the way.

Lee tells two stories through the book: one of the Norse gods, which were on everyone’s mind since many of the mountains are named after them, and the group was planning to climb Asgard, the home of the gods; the other is of his experiences climbing the mountain. Personally, both stories seemed too incomplete – I wanted to know more details or less (mostly more!). Luckily, the photos more than made up for any shortfall in the telling of tales.

Baffin Island is a beautiful book and an excellent coffee table book. I learned a little about geography, rock climbing and Norse Mythology all in one.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Caleb is a software engineer and amature woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.

The review copy of this book was provided free of any obligation by Frances Lincoln. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.