On the Ridge Between Life and Death: A Climbing Life Reexamined

On the Ridge Between Life and Death: A Climbing Life Reexamined

by David Roberts
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On the Ridge Between Life and Death: A Climbing Life Reexamined by David Roberts

What compels mountain climbers to take the risks that they do? Is it the thrill in the physical accomplishment, in managing to defy the odds, or both—and why do they continue to do what they do in the face of such great danger?

What compels mountain climbers to take the risks that they do? Is it the thrill in the physical accomplishment, in managing to defy the odds, or both—and why do they continue to do what they do in the face of such great danger? In On the Ridge Between Life and Death, David Roberts confronts these questions head-on as he recounts the exhilarating highs and desperate lows of his climbing career. By the time he was twenty-two, Roberts had already been involved in three fatal mountain climbing accidents and had escaped death himself by the sheerest of luck. And yet, as he acknowledges, few things have brought him more joy than climbing.

In a famous essay on the subject written more than twenty years ago, Roberts judged climbing to be “worth the risk.” He continues to climb to this day, and several of his challenging routes in Alaska have never been climbed since. But in reassessing the emotional costs to himself and to loved ones, he reaches a different conclusion, one that is sure to cause controversy not only in climbing circles, but among adventurers of all kinds. Candid and unflinching, On the Ridge Between Life and Death is a compelling examination of the risks we take in order to feel more alive.

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ISBN-13: 9780743255196
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 08/29/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.43(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

David Roberts is the author of twenty-four books on mountaineering, adventure, and the history of the American Southwest. His essays and articles have appeared in National Geographic, National Geographic Adventure, and The Atlantic Monthly, among other publications. He lives in Watertown, Massachusetts.

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leafae More than 1 year ago
Having been a climber myself for over 30 years, I thought this book would be much better. Rather than being an interesting tale of a life in the mountains, it is mostly the author reminiscing about his own personal life beginning with high school, to the first time he got laid, to his time at Harvard traveling to the ranges in Alaska. Strangely, the book is more a myopic autobiography rather than a collection of illuminating or entertaining stories of the mountains. Save your money on this one.
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