Transcendent Summits: One Climber's Route to Self-Discovery


In his reflective autobiography Gerry Roach takes us back to his roots to re-discover a life-long passion for climbing.
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In his reflective autobiography Gerry Roach takes us back to his roots to re-discover a life-long passion for climbing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555914714
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/10/2004
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,103,536
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerry Roach started climbing in Colorado in 1955. Among his numerous accomplishments, Gerry is the second person ever to climb the highest peak on each of the seven continents. In more than 50 years of mountaineering, he has climbed in dozens of states and countries.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2005

    Experience The Life Behind A Groundbreaking Mountaineer

    In Transcendent Summits, Mr. Roach has accomplished the nearly unthinkable: in some of the most artistically effective words ever written on the subject, he has communicated how several critical experiences in his life have generated the motivation, preparation and skills required to achieve at a world-class level in his chosen field of endeavor for more decades than many of us have been alive. In a very real sense, this book is not a climbers¿ book, but a book of and for the human species. The details of climbing form only the backdrop for the real story of Transcendent Summits: the development of character through consistent self-challenge and accomplishment at a level beyond what most of us can imagine. If you count yourself among those who seek out challenges rather than shrink from them, then this book is for you. If you find nothing of interest here, count yourself among those from whom I personally have nothing to learn.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2005


    This is truly an aweful book. A gift gone awry. I gave it to my wife to inspire now she is convince all climbers are egotisical bafoons. Has this man, in any of his many marriages ever had a mature relationship? No wonder he has to keep finding new partners. And peace through climbing, huh? I've never heard of such self-centeredness being used to glorify ones self in the way this 'man' does. If you want a real adventure book try Shackleone's Endurance or read Seven Summits (you can read about how well Mr. Roach relates to people in this also) or just about any other climbing book ever written. What ever you do buy a different book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2005

    Exciting and Thought provoking

    As a recreational climber it's always fun to read about people that push their limits. Gerry Roach is also a Colorado resident so I have been to several of his illustrated lectures. He is very mild mannered and reserve. As I read his book I became excited and introspective, reflecting back on my life and my 'summits'. I realized that even I had participated in life changing events. I think you will enjoy the excitement of Roach's early life, and maybe a bit more appreciative of your life.

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