Seven Summits

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Two Undaunted Men Frank Wells was the head of a major motion picture studio. Dick Bass had made his fortune as an energy and resort entrepreneur. In middle age, both men left behind home, family, and successful careers to share an impossible dream. Seven Unconquered Summits The challenge: be the first to climb the highest mountain on each of seven continents, from McKinley to Kilimanjaro to Everest. The obstacles: many and merciless, from ice storms to illness to a measurement question that threatened to make ...

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Overview

Two Undaunted Men Frank Wells was the head of a major motion picture studio. Dick Bass had made his fortune as an energy and resort entrepreneur. In middle age, both men left behind home, family, and successful careers to share an impossible dream. Seven Unconquered Summits The challenge: be the first to climb the highest mountain on each of seven continents, from McKinley to Kilimanjaro to Everest. The obstacles: many and merciless, from ice storms to illness to a measurement question that threatened to make their record-breaking expedition a sham. The prize: the sheer, exhilarating triumph of standing at the top of every continent on earth.

A thrlling and inspirational odyssey of two men's climb to the top of the highest peaks on each of the seven continents.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Their dream was to climb the hightest mountain on each of the seven continentsan exciting prospect for any world-class mountaineer. But Bass and Wells, businessmen in their early 50s, were rank amateurs. With Ridgeway, one of America's foremost climbers who accompanied the pair on some of their expeditions, they tell their story here. It is a gripping tale of adventure that embraces courage, disappointment, joy and commitment. The process of getting to Mt. Vinson in Antarctica was a marvel of logistics. For their third and final attempt on Mt. Everest, Wells had to choose between the summit try and his family; Bass completed the seventh summit to become the oldest man to stand on top of the world. The two were lucky enough to have the money to fulfill their dream; they also had guts. In mountaineering lingo, they proved themselves ``real animals.'' Photos not seen by PW. April 30
Library Journal
Although not a classic of mountaineering literature, this is a surprisingly engaging story thanks to Ridgeway, an experienced climber and writer. Two 50-year-old American executives conceived the idea of climbing seven summits, the highest mountain on each continent. They hired guides, acquired a circle of mountaineering friends, and set out. First Aconcagua, then McKinley, Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, Kosciusko. . . . The book is of interest for descriptions of how expeditions are mounted and financed and for its picture of present-day mountaineering and adventuring. There are especially good narratives of the Vinson and Everest efforts. Despite a touch of crassness and hype, this is, notes poetry-loving Bass, a story of ``heroic hearts/ Made weak by time and fate,/ But strong in will/ To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.'' Illustrations not seen. William A. Wortman, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, Ohio
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446385169
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/28/1988
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 251,250
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2007

    Incredible and Inspiring

    This is one of the most incredible stories that I have ever read. From beginning to end you feel like you know the individuals personally and that you are part of the adventure. This is one book that I wished would never end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2003

    AWESOME READ!!

    HOOKED FROM START TO FINISH I WAS SORRY WHEN THE STORY ENDED.. THE AUTHORS STORY WILL SATISFY THE SOUL ..A MUST READ!!! ENJOY!!~

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