Mountain Madness

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"You're either cruisin' or you're bummin', so you might as well cruise."—Scott Fischer

Mountain climber Scott Fischer's mantra would lead him to scale the highest and most treacherous peaks on earth. Best known as one of the guides who perished near the summit of Mount Everest during the tragic spring of 1996, Scott Fischer became for many an iconic symbol of audacity, hubris, and the limits of human endurance. But to those who knew him well, Scott was much more than an action figure at the heart of a modern-day ...

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Overview

"You're either cruisin' or you're bummin', so you might as well cruise."—Scott Fischer

Mountain climber Scott Fischer's mantra would lead him to scale the highest and most treacherous peaks on earth. Best known as one of the guides who perished near the summit of Mount Everest during the tragic spring of 1996, Scott Fischer became for many an iconic symbol of audacity, hubris, and the limits of human endurance. But to those who knew him well, Scott was much more than an action figure at the heart of a modern-day cautionary tale. Now in this vivid, candid biography, Robert Birkby—one of Scott's close friends—gives us a fascinating in-depth portrait of who Scott Fischer really was and what led him to climb to the top of the world.

"A vivid portrait of a superb athlete whose love of mountain climbing drove everything he did." —Ed Viesturs, author of No Shortcuts to the Top

"A personal, uncritical biography that rounds out the portrait of Fischer sketched in Krakauer's best-seller Into Thin Air." —Bruce Barcott in The New York Times Book Review

"A fitting homage to one of the great outdoor extremists." —Kirkus Reviews

"A much fuller picture of a climber widely critiqued in the high-profile coverage after the Everest tragedy." —Seattle Post Intelligencer

"Birkby succeeds in illuminating the power mountains can exert over the human soul." —Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806528762
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 342
  • Sales rank: 945,762
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT BIRKBY, a wilderness crew leader with the Student Conservation Association, is the author of numerous books on the outdoors. His Lightly on the Land, called "the definitive trail maintenance manual" by the Washington Trails Association, is considered the bible on traditional and contemporary backcountry work skills. He lives in Seattle.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Olympus 7

2 Thirty Days to Survival 19

3 A Bunch of Bruces 29

4 Off Belay 43

5 Follow the Rainbow 56

6 The Fallingest Man in Climbing 72

7 The Alaska Factor 84

8 Mountain Madness 104

9 Kilimanjaro the Really Hard Way 115

10 Annapurna Fang 129

11 Rockin' with the Ruskies 142

12 It's All Fun Until Somebody Dies 152

13 Everest North Face 161

14 The Nutrition Expedition 179

15 The Wrong Mountain 201

16 F.O.S. 210

17 K2 in '92 222

18 What Would Hillary Do? 240

19 Everest with Good Style 256

20 The Year Before the Year 276

21 Last Climb 291

22 After the Storm 315

Notes 325

Selected Bibliography 331

Acknowledgments 333

Index 335

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