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Publisher's Summary

What does it take to be one of the world's best high-altitude mountain climbers? A lot of fundraising; traveling in some of the world's most dangerous countries; enduring cold bivouacs, searing lungs, and a cloudy mind when you can least afford one. It means learning the hard lessons the mountains teach.
Steve House built his reputation on ascents throughout the Alps, Canada, Alaska, the Karakoram, and the Himalaya that have expanded possibilities of style, speed, and difficulty. In 2005 Steve and alpinist Vince Anderson pioneered a direct new route on the Rupal Face of 26,600-foot Nanga Parbat, which had never before been climbed in alpine style. It was the third ascent of the face and the achievement earned Steve and Vince the first Piolet d'or (Golden Ice Axe) awarded to North Americans.
Steve is an accomplished and spellbinding storyteller in the tradition of Maurice Herzog and Lionel Terray. Beyond the Mountain is a gripping listen, destined to be a mountain classic. And it addresses many issues common to nonclimbing life - mentorship, trust, failure success, goal setting, heroes, partnership - as well as the mountaineer's heightened experience of risk and the deaths of friends. Beyond the Mountain is a window into the process of a man working to be the best he can be.
©2013 Steve House (P)2017 Random House Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 09-25-17

I'm at a loss, really

At first I thought Mr. House needed a professional narrator, but then I realized how much more I was getting his personality by hearing him instead of someone else.

All the tales are gripping. Many are tragic, and Steve doesn't seem to hold anything back pertaining to other details. This was some great writing by one of the best professionals of the mountains!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Frank on 06-24-17

4 times in a row

Would you listen to Beyond the Mountain again? Why?

I enjoyed this book so much that I listened to it 4 times in a row. I have climbed for 25 years and took a few off. This book has made me want to get back out again. The mountains are calling...

What was one of the most memorable moments of Beyond the Mountain?

There are many special moments in this book. The books discussion of whether or not to solo, and knowing that even the best have to improvise to make up for "mishaps."

Which character – as performed by Steve House – was your favorite?

Steve House

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed when at time that it reminded me of my own experiences. Crying only came at times that surprised me, not at death but compassion.

Any additional comments?

I am sure I will be listening to this again. I have at least 60 books on audio and I have only listened to 3 others more that once and none other, that I have listened to 3 times.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ian on 03-16-18

Inspirational

Must read for any Mountain enthusiast. Listened twice.
Thanks for sharing your great stories Steve.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 03-03-18

Loved it.

Spoke by Steve himself. Loved every part of it. Gripping story, brutal honesty and indepth descriptions of the emotional and physical battles that define an alpinist.

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4 out of 5 stars
By rohan hughes on 11-15-17

Great story, got a little bogged down at times

Steve has a great story to share with everyone, I enjoyed the book. my only criticism is that he should have got a professional narrator to read the book.

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