Pretty darn good I have a sneaky eeling that David Breashers "might be than a little arrogant but these extreme mountain climber olk are definitely nuts so it isn t too surprising "be #than a little arrogant but these extreme mountain climber olk are definitely nuts so it isn #a little arrogant but these extreme mountain climber olk are definitely nuts so it isn too surprising they are also a bit prickly or difficult Or hard to be married toOh by the way honey did I mention I m off to Pakistan to take pictures while hanging Remarkable Creatures from a little rope 20000eet in the air See you in our months if I don t all It s not just climbing that is so unfathomable to me the traveling you do to get to where you want to go is scary enough read his tale of taking a taxi in India in the middle of the night and going Heroes Adrift (Hero, for hours in the wrong direction I am no adventurer myself but it is certainly entertaining to read about someone who is It was also interesting to hear his account of the 1996 Everest disaster as heigured prominently in the rescue efforts I liked this book Being a mini mountaineer I was Chuck and Danielle familiar with Breashears climbing and photographic prowess It wasun to learn about the man as he sees himself I have heard of or know several of the people he climbed with so I Escaping the Endless Adolescence: How We Can Help Our Teenagers Grow Up Before They Grow Old felt a connection to him and his story I amrom Denver so could relate to his climbs in Boulder Occasionally I Dogs Behaving Badly: An A-Z Guide to Understanding and Curing Behavorial Problems in Dogs felt bogged down in all his camera andilming details but not enough to stop reading David Breashears is in my opinion one of the Gray Bishop finest mountaineers of today Hisilming skills are exceptional His support and assistance during the 1996 Everest disaster is laudable to say the least His passion or the mountains or Everest particularly raises him to the pinnacle of mountaineering excellence Interesting account of a life lived mainly on mountains by David Brashears You get the eeling that this is a pretty tightly wound guy who had a rough childhood that certainly hampered him though life He is not a highly introspective guy on paper but his marriage was sort of cringeworthy as he basically abandoned her while traveling everywhere But he became an expert climber at a young age and later a ilm maker and that is what the book is mainly about His obsession with Mt Everest is a primary theme of the book which I Liar found very interesting as I share that to aar lesser degree doubt I will ever even see it Noir from afar much less climb any portion of it One of the best books I read in recent years was the Wade Davis account of the early Everest expeditions in the 1920s Into the Slience That book was simply superb as itollowed the legendary George Mallory before he disappeared on the mountain in 1924 Brashears book discusses some of that and one of his early trips to Tibet was to Renovate: Changing Who You Are by Loving Where You Are follow the route of Mallory that wasascinating He also has an excellent Gaffer first hand account of Tibet in the early 1990s under increasing Chinese author. For generations of resolute adventurersrom George Mallory to Sir Edmund Hillary to Jon Krakauer Mount Everest and the world's other greatest peaks have provided the ultimate testing ground But the uestion remains Why climb In High Exposure el.
David Breashears ô 1 FREE READIved his dream Goodness this guy is an jerk The book opens in 1996 as the tragedy of that year is beginning to unfold As I read I Circumstantial Evidence found myself thinking Wow this dude is awfully smug I ve read a lot of books about the 1996 disaster and of course some of them are very uncomplimentary towards Rob Hall his actions I m not trying to be a Rob Hall apologist the tone that David Breashears takes just makes him seem like a big know it all Iound myself wondering if he really knew these people or if he was just pretending But I kept at it and the middle section is pretty good He is a reaky good mountain climber I ll give HIM THAT ONCE WE GET BACK that Once we get back 1996 at the end of the book though I was ready to strangle him again So sanctimonious So Oh I would never ever make mistakes His team decides to go back up on the mountain of course after all the tragedy and as he s ilming two team members on the summit slope he decides the raming is all off makes them come back down do it again Are you kidding me His many accomplishments nonwithstanding his attitude makes this very unpalatable I d like to reread my mountain woe books to "see when he crops up and how others relate to him High Exposure An Enduring Passion "when he crops up and how others relate to him High Exposure An Enduring Passion Everest and Unforgiving Places by David Breashears Simon Shuster 2000Biography This is the long awaited biography of legendary mountaineer David Breashears He is arguably the best high altitude climber in the world today This is the story of what drives his success it includes a A Chicken in Every Yard: The Urban Farm Store's Guide to Chicken Keeping frank dissection of the 1996 tragedy on Everest and the subseuent rescue in which he wasully engaged My rating 7510 inished 2010 #I purchased a HB copy rom McKay s in good condition #purchased a HB copy Summer Meditations from McKay s in good condition 300 on 61715 HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH Having read Krakauer s Into Thin Air several years back I was probably overdue on this one It s an amazing account of mountain climbing in general Himalayan expeditions in particular and Mount Everest intimately especially the 96 tragedy One can only hope to catch aurtive glimpse of the raw exposure such nearly insane adventurers endure Not my cup of tea but God Said, Ha!: A Memoir fascinating all the same I think I need to re read the Krakauer account again 45 stars Something about a book can get under your skin and you just really enjoy it I liked how each section was another chunk of Breashears life and his experiences You really saw the natural evolution of him goingrom rock climber to cinematographer to director Reinforces that no one is stuck in one thing keep your eyes and ears open and see what happens I even liked hearing about living in Gillette WY to work on an oil rig just to get some cash He s met so many different kinds of people through his adventures and he has a pretty acute eye F knowledge Danger comes he argues when ambition blinds reason The stories this world class climber and great adventurer tells will surprise you rom discussions of competitiveness on the heights to a rank description of the 1996 Everest trage. Ity and repression which is sort of terrifying But this book culminates in the horrific events on Everest in May 1996 made On the Right Side of a Dream famous by John Krakauer in his book Into Thin Air I had no idea when I picked this up though it is likely mentioned in Krakauer s book that Brashears and his team were there at the same time making an IMAXilm on Everest which apparently became the most successful IMAX documentary ever So this provides another perspective rom a real professional of that calamity He actually helped Beck Weathers who was left to die twice down part of the mountain and his description that man s incredible ortitude is a real "Highlight Overall An Excellent Book "Overall an excellent book this book is not as rip roaring as Krakauer s Into Thin Air and yet it s an excellent insight into what makes a mountaineer tick I was moved by Breashear s account of the Everest 96 disaster and ound his rendering of the survival of Beck Weathers perhaps even moving than the account in Krakauer s masterful tome Similarly moving was his account of the recovery of the camera containing the last picture of mountaineer Bruce Herrod staring into the lens in triumph on the summit of Everest soon to collapse and die with the very camera in his pocket The image strikes me as similar in spirit to that of Chris McCandless in ront of the bus in Krakauer s Into the WildBreashears life story is Arrows of the Night: Ahmad Chalabi's Long Journey to Triumph in Iraq fascinating and one sometimes wishes that despite the inherent hardships that one was raised as an army brat because they seem to grow up with a special kind of resolveThere areascinating accounts of Breashears early climbs in Colorado and as a crew member on the set in the Italian Dolomites of the 1980 s Stallone thriller Cliffhanger And of course there s Everest 96 one of the great adventure stories of all time about which several books have been writtenI don t know what it is about the books I ve been choosing lately #or if it s just an indicator of #if it s just an indicator of tenuous emotional state of late note in 2009 but this book ultimately moved me to tears and even if it s not uite the achievement that Krakauer s book is it is nonetheless a Michelin Green Guide Normandy first rate adventure book as well as a worthy biography As a sidenote it baffles me how he could have let such an alluring woman as Veroniue Choa slip out of his life Oh well I knowrom experience it happensThis is probably a our star book at
*best but the enjoyment actor was high or me and mountaineering buffs won t be disappointedKevinRKy edited and *but the enjoyment actor was high or me and mountaineering buffs won t be disappointedKevinRKy edited and in 2016 I m a sucker or mountaineering books I would never climb Everest I like a valley a lot than I like mountains I m always bored above the treeline But I m so glad others want to get to the top His passion destroyed a remarkable marriageother then that he has Ite mountaineer and acclaimed Everest What Every American Should Know About the Rest of the World filmmaker David Breashears answers with an intimate and captivating look at his life For Breashears climbing has never been a uestion of risk taking Rather it is the pursuit of excellence and a uestor sel.