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The Totem Pole: And a Whole New Adventure
     

The Totem Pole: And a Whole New Adventure

by Paul Pritchard
 

* Winner of the 1999 Banff Mountain Book Festival Grand Prize

* Gripping mountaineering literature and inspirational, true-life drama

* Chronicles one athlete's struggle to give up the sport that defined his existence

After winning the 1997 Boardman Tasker Award for his first book, Deep Play, climber Paul Pritchard used the prize money to kick off a

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* Winner of the 1999 Banff Mountain Book Festival Grand Prize

* Gripping mountaineering literature and inspirational, true-life drama

* Chronicles one athlete's struggle to give up the sport that defined his existence

After winning the 1997 Boardman Tasker Award for his first book, Deep Play, climber Paul Pritchard used the prize money to kick off a world climbing tour in Tasmania, on a slender sea stack called the Totem Pole. However, a chance rockfall inflicted such terrible head injuries that Pritchard spent the next year in and out of hospitals, relearning basic thinking processes and muscle movements.

This insightful, firsthand chronicle of the accident and its aftermath portrays the physical and emotional ordeal of Pritchard's recovery. He weaves together accounts of earlier climbs, his changed relationships with family and friends and his girlfriend, Celia, and details about the rescue operation itself. And with an unpitying voice, Pritchard describes his return to the accident scene with a film crew to watch some of his friends complete the climb that changed his life.

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The Midwest Book Review Reviewer's Bookwatch
The Totem Pole is an hero's tale of the human spirit in overcoming horrific trauma, told with complete candor, considerable insight, and an ultimate triumphal joy. The Totem Pole is highly recommended, inspiring reading.
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The Totem Pole And A Whole New Adventure is Paul Pritchards inspiring, true-life account of his mountaineering accident that resulted in a near-fatal head injury from a falling boulder, his daring rescue, and his determined physical and emotional journey to recovery from hemiplegia, and redefining every aspect of his life. Pritchard began The Totem Pole as a hospital journal, struggling to record his thoughts through a Dictaphone and then typing laboriously on a computer with one finger as he fought to make his brain remember how to use each forgotten muscle of his body. The Totem Pole is an heroic tale of the human spirit in overcoming horrific trauma, told with complete candor, considerable insight, and an ultimate triumphal joy. The Totem Pole is highly recommended, inspiring reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780898866964
Publisher:
Mountaineers Books, The
Publication date:
03/01/2000
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

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