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On the Ridge Between Life and Death: A Climbing Life Reexamined


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ISBN13: 9780743255196
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What compels mountain climbers to take the risks that they do? Is it the thrill in the physical accomplishment, in managing to defy the odds, or both — and why do they continue to do what they do in the face of such great danger? In On the Ridge Between Life and Death, David Roberts confronts these questions head-on as he recounts the exhilarating highs and desperate lows of his climbing career. By the time he was twenty-two, Roberts had already been involved in three fatal mountain climbing accidents and had escaped death himself by the sheerest of luck. And yet, as he acknowledges, few things have brought him more joy than climbing.

In a famous essay on the subject written more than twenty years ago, Roberts judged climbing to be "worth the risk." He continues to climb to this day, and several of his challenging routes in Alaska have never been climbed since. But in reassessing the emotional costs to himself and to loved ones, he reaches a different conclusion, one that is sure to cause controversy not only in climbing circles, but among adventurers of all kinds. Candid and unflinching, On the Ridge Between Life and Death is a compelling examination of the risks we take in order to feel more alive.

About the Author

David Roberts is the author of twenty-four books on mountaineering, adventure, and the history of the American Southwest. His essays and articles have appeared in National Geographic, National Geographic Adventure, and The Atlantic Monthly, among other publications. He lives in Watertown, Massachusetts.

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waitingtoleave, February 9, 2007 (view all comments by waitingtoleave)
Some authors have a knack for making adventures come home to you; David Roberts is one of those writers. I stayed up four nights in a row, fascinated with his accounts of wilderness and exertion, and transfixed by the horrors that brushed him in his climbing expeditions. Highly recommended for anyone who loves the outdoors or rock climbing!
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Roberts, David
Simon & Schuster
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Publication Date:
August 2006
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8.44 x 5.5 in 12.705 oz

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