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Life on the Edge: Memoirs of Everest and Beyond
     

Life on the Edge: Memoirs of Everest and Beyond

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by Jim Whittaker, John Glenn (Foreword by), Edward M. Kennedy (Foreword by)
 

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There have been many "firsts" in Jim Whittaker's life. He was the first North American to summit Mount Everest. As the first manager and employee, and ultimately the CEO, of fledgling Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), he guided the company through years of record-setting growth. He guided Bobby Kennedy up the newly named Mount Kennedy, helping him to

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There have been many "firsts" in Jim Whittaker's life. He was the first North American to summit Mount Everest. As the first manager and employee, and ultimately the CEO, of fledgling Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), he guided the company through years of record-setting growth. He guided Bobby Kennedy up the newly named Mount Kennedy, helping him to become the first person to summit the Canadian peak. He led the historic International Peace Climb, which put climbers from the U.S., Russia, and China on the summit of Everest in the name of world peace.

Jim Whittaker's achievement on Everest and his many successes before and after are the natural outcome of a life driven by a passion for outdoor adventure combined with strong leadership qualities and a commitment to making a difference.

This honest, revealing autobiography features all the major events in Whittaker's life: his formative years spent climbing with his twin brother Lou; the creation of REI and years of work growing the company; his intimate friendship with the Kennedys and the new world into which he was launched after his success on Everest; his major expeditions on K2 and Everest; a business partnership that resulted in bankruptcy; a failed marriage; a new marriage and a new family; and his new challenges beyond the mountains. In A Life on the Edge, readers will discover a true hero—someone who tells his story not to boast or preach but to share his love of the environment and outdoor adventure and to inspire others to seek challenges in their own lives.

Featuring a 24-page color photo insert and 50 b&w photos.

Editorial Reviews

Sports Etc.
His story is as rich and inspirational as the actual events that he's experienced and written about.
Statesman Journal
Read this book even if you think you have no interest in mountain climbing. There is much more in it than any of us could guess.—Salem, OR
Idaho Falls Post Register
One doesn't have to be interested in climbing mountains to appreciate the biography of Jim Whittaker.
Outside Magazine
An old-fashioned modesty and a gift for reconciling climbers and countries_puts Whittaker in a class of his own.
Seattle Times
Whittaker shows a fine knack for retrieving from memory small outdoors sensations we all relate to in unexpectedly emotional ways.
Oregonian
This is one of those rare remembrances by a highly accomplished and celebrated individual in which the author's ego never eclipses his tale, and what a tale there is to tell.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Big Jim has written a blunt, consistently interesting book
Everett Herald
There's much, much more than one summit in Whittaker's memoirs. His life's stories mirror the changes in this country in many areas:

  • recreation
  • environment
  • presidents
  • peace efforts and nuclear bombs.

This is a book by a man who knows the importance of a well-lived life.

Hood River News
Whittaker writes engagingly about many topics_politics, business, the environment, religion while displaying keen curiosity about the world.
Klamath Falls Herald and News
Transcends the usual adventure tale because it focuses on the attachments to the outdoors and the challenges and frustrations of life.
Los Angeles Daily News
You can't ask for much more than Life on the Edge. The writing is generally good and the photos are splendid. ...a fine work. For the majority of us who will never set foot on the Himalayan peak, this book offers one of the best vistas of that experience.
Kirkus Reviews
Whittaker, the first American to summit Everest, tells here the story of his life thus far—he has managed to reach 70—which has been lived with the kind of intensity that only his adrenal glands can truly appreciate.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780898865400
Publisher:
Mountaineers Books, The
Publication date:
09/01/1999
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.34(h) x 1.13(d)

What People are Saying About This

Carolyn Spector
A great upbeat autobiography....[Whittaker] has a winning style, an easy approach, and reading his story is an act of joy.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
My father's greatest living heroes were John Glenn and Jim Whittaker—a physical giant with a huge heart, a decent soul, and inspirational courage. We can all be grateful that Whittaker has finally put his extraordinary life on paper. Whittaker's story is a riveting saga of high adventure by one of history's greatest climbers. (Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.)

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Life on the Edge: Memoirs of Everest and Beyond 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Scalinni More than 1 year ago
Great story of Jim's life. Quite an adventurer on many fronts. He has a solid perspective on life. If you are an outdoor person especially from the Northwest you can appreciate the stories of Mt. Rainer and the birth and growth of REI.
KMKB More than 1 year ago
It's as if Jim is in my living room telling me all the tales of his wonderful life - but it's also as if I am right there at base camp urging him to succeed. Having heard Jim speak in person also, I can tell you his true voice jumps off every page. Whether you are a casual weekend hiker or have a Mt Rainier in your pocket (or in your future) you will love this read. What we need now is an update on Jim's adventures - what have you been up to for the last 10 years Mr. Whittaker??
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The feats this man accomplished are huge and I didn't know about any of them until I read this book. I was touched by the moment he described with Bobby Kennedy on top of Mount Kennedy in Canada. I was also impressed with the humility with which he told of organizing the Peace Climb.