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.
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A professional narrator please!
No, not with the Audiobook format. The narrator's performance is a turn off. Couldn't get past the 20 minutes mark...
I wish I could have kept listening but couldn't.
Lack of energy, spelling clearly seems to be quite a challenge
- P. Gagne
4 times in a row
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...
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."
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.
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.