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Mountain Madness: Scott Fischer, Mount Everest & a Life Lived on High

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Birkby offers the inspiring life story of Scott Fischer, co-founder of the outfitter Mountain Madness and one of the Mt. Everest climbers featured in Jon Krakauer's bestselling "Into Thin Air." 16-page color insert.

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MattM, February 15, 2015 (view all comments by MattM)
“Wasn’t that great!” Scott suddenly says.
“The memorial service?” Craig asks. “Is that what you mean?”
“No, man,” Scott tells him.
“Life! The adventure! The whole thing.
Wasn’t it Great?”

Jon Krakauer’s book ‘Into Thin Air’ hit the best seller lists with a gripping account of the disastrous 1996 Everest season. Whilst it was generally accurate the whole story of that fateful day is so much bigger than any one book could depict and a lot of the protagonists were left superficially judged.

Mountain Madness takes you inside the world of Scott Fisher, recounts where he came from and the ever adventurous path that led him to that one last challenge from which he was not to return. The story lets the reader gradually understand how Scott saw the world and instead of only seeing a gung ho expedition leader pushing his luck and operation to the limit you find someone with a true passion for what they are doing and an inspiring attitude of, if somewhat naïve, “it will all be alright”. Sadly the complexities of such a major expedition combined with the burden of a group of less than optimal climbers, the pressure to get clients to the top, the diminishing weather window and the eventual fateful storm pushed things to an unrecoverable point and an amazing man was lost to the mountain. If you have read ‘Into Thin air’ (which can leave you somewhat judgmental of Scott, Anatoli and others) then ‘Mountain Madness’ is essential reading to get a better understanding of the bigger picture, and lets you see the real people behind the story.


Other worthwhile books on this topic are:
The Climb - Anatoli Boukreev (essential reading if you have read 'Into Thin Air')
Climbing High - Lene Gammelgard
Mountain Madness - Robert Birkby
Touching My Father’s Soul - Jamling Tenzing Norgay
Doctor on Everest - Dr. Kenneth Kamler
Sheer Will - Michael Groom
High Exposure - David Breshears
The Death Zone - Matt Dickinson
Left For Dead - Beck Weathers
After the Wind - Lou Kasischke
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ISBN:
9780806528762
Author:
Birkby, Robert
Publisher:
Citadel Press
Subject:
Sports - General
Subject:
Mountaineering
Subject:
Adventurers & Explorers
Subject:
Biography-Sports
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20110531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.80x6.00x1.10 in. .88 lbs.

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