Life on the Edge: Memoirs of Everest and Beyondby Jim Whittaker, John Glenn (Foreword by), Edward M. Kennedy (Foreword by)
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 herosomeone 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.
- peace efforts and nuclear bombs.
This is a book by a man who knows the importance of a well-lived life.
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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.
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??
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.