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High : stories of survival from Everest and K2
Willis, Clint.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Balliet & Fitzgerald : Thunder's Mouth Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
321 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
"An Adrenaline book"--T.p. verso.
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GV199.44.E85 H54 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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In this pioneering anthology, Clint Willis presents 75 years of great writing -- from Neil O'Dell to Jon Krakauer -- on the fabled peaks. Here are stories of two British expeditions to Everest in the 1920s; a piece on the 1939 K2 attempt that claimed four climbers' lives; a firsthand account by the Sherpa who reached the summit of Everest in 1953 with Edmund Hillary; the story of the first successful American assault on K2 in 1978; a British photographer's view of the calamitous 1996 storm on Everest; and many more -- a cornucopia of mountaineering thrills for adventurous readers.

Author Notes

Clint Willis edited Epic, Stories of Survival from the World's Highest Peaks. He lives in Cape Elizabeth, ME.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Although technically very good, the material in these tapes is challenging and will be difficult listening for some. Most of the narration, by several voices, is excellent and easily understood. While High's true stories are devoted exclusively to adventurers' accounts of mountain climbing and descent disasters, Wild reports on a variety of different situations that take place in varying locations, from desert to jungle. Many of the narratives include graphic descriptions of painful death and injury. While the tales are generally well written, the emphasis on grisly death and danger may depress listeners. More understandable are anecdotes, such as Wild's grim "Young Men and Fire" about the deaths of multiple forest-fire fighters. Vividly showing the ominous peril in doing a tough job, it includes the varying viewpoints of those who survived. Overall, the tapes will do much to dispel the romanticism surrounding mountain climbing and some other exploration. While some memoirs seem to be little more than catharsis for the writer, they will appeal to audiences who like "real" adventure experiences and those devoted to extreme sports. Recommended only to libraries with extremely exhaustive adventure collections; not for school libraries used predominately by children or sensitive young people. Carolyn Alexander, Brigadoon Lib., Salinas, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

YA-A collection of excerpts from mostly real-life experiences that will leave even the most jaded armchair adventurers gasping for air and thoroughly waterlogged. Both titles depict humans at their most physically challenged in environments that they sought out but for which they were not necessarily completely prepared. High features Jon Krakauer, David Roberts, and Chris Bonington. An excerpt from Matt Dickinson's The Other Side of Everest is also included. A touching narrative is taken from Maria Coffey's Fragile Edge, in which the author recounts her visit to Tibet to find some closure over the death of her sweetheart, who disappeared from Everest's Northeast Ridge. Many of the writers in Rough Water describe such dire straits out on the open sea that one wonders how they ever survived to tell their tale. Memorable moments from maritime literature include a selection from F. A. Worsley's Shackleton's Boat Journey, in which the South Pole explorer and his men rowed 14 days across 800 miles of some of the earth's most treacherous seas in a small boat. Another classic excerpt depicting a heartless captain is taken from Richard Henry Dana, Jr.'s Two Years before the Mast. Readers who still have not gotten enough of the Titanic stories will be intrigued by yet another viewpoint from The Loss of the S. S. Titanic. And there's more. Bibliographies lead readers to the rest of the stories.-Cynthia J. Rieben, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.