We have discussed, for the most part, Jim Perrin’s book West—the book, his publisher later said, ‘he should never have written’…But he, no doubt testing the water, first wrote his lies about our sister in The Climbing Essays, before transposing the entire first chapter, with added embellishments, into West.
Unfortunately we were not aware of that earlier book’s existence; it was only when we discovered West and did further research that we read ‘the essays’. Had we known we would have acted earlier! In the introduction to The Climbing Essays these words were used:
‘…and what has distinguished him perhaps above all is his immense lack of ego. “I am not hubristic.” Jim writes, and if anyone else wrote this we would not believe them, for to deny one’s egotism is usually to demonstrate one’s egotism. But with Jim it is true.’
In similar vein the following description of Jim Perrin was posted after the ‘Tremfest’ 2014 event: ‘Jim’s style is very charming and intimate. He’s a relaxed, humble man.’
Sadly these comments are so very wide of the mark…although they do help to explain why so many, at first taken in by his ‘charm’ have been so completely hoodwinked by Jim Perrin.