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"An otherworldly range of mountains exists in Patagonia…. It is a sublime range, where ice and granite soar with a dancer's grace. From the mountains' feet tumble glaciers and dark forests of beech. The summits float in the summer sky, impossibly remote. Climbers who gaze upon these wonders ache to unlock their secrets."
So begins Enduring Patagonia, an exhilarating work based on author Gregory Crouch's seven odysseys through wild and beautiful Patagonia -- a vast region shared by Argentina and Chile where every human endeavor, from mountain climbing to farming, is made in the face of devastating South Seas gales. Along the way, Crouch's narrative elucidates the dangerous world of cutting-edge alpinism, and the reasons climbers are willing to endure freezing storms, exhaustion, and all manner of personal privation to throw back the margins of the modern world and stand upon the summit of one of the earth's most forbidding mountains, "the sorceress supreme of the Patagonian Andes," Cerro Torre.
It takes Crouch (a West Point grad and former Army Ranger) 68 days and 14 consecutive attempts to finally climb to the top of Cerro Torre, but the relationships he forges with fellow climbers over the course of his many trips are as precious as the final opportunity to look down the far side of the mountain. Enduring Patagonia is about the lessons learned by pushing oneself to the limit: lessons about leadership, patience, risk taking, failure, endurance, and courage; and a must-read for anyone who has ever felt the powerful call of the earth's last few wild places. More Krakauer than Chatwin, Gregory Crouch has found a rock-solid handhold in the arena of adventure writing. (Winter 2002 Selection)