The High-Altitude Life and Death of Willi Unsoeld, American Himalayan Legend
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In 1963, Willi Unsoeld became an international hero for his conquest of the West Ridge of Everest. A charismatic professor of philosophy, Unsoeld was one of the greatest climbers of the twentiethth century, a man whose raw physical power and casual fearlessness inspired a generation of adventurers.
In 1976, during an expedition to Nanda Devi, the tallest peak in India, Unsoeld's philosophy of spiritual growth through mortal risk was tragically tested. The outcome of that expedition continues to fuel one of the most fascinating debates in mountaineering history.
Fatal Mountaineer is a gripping look at Willi Unsoeld and the epic climbs that defined him---a classic narrative blending action with ethics, fame with tragedy, a man's ambition with a father's anguish.
Praise For Fatal Mountaineer: The High-Altitude Life and Death of Willi Unsoeld, American Himalayan Legend…
“Fatal Mountaineer...combines vivid characterization, gripping accounts of extreme mountaineering and accessible technical information, as well as pertinent cultural historical and philosophical reflection. It's a rich tapestry, a book for both the general reader and the climbing fanatic.” —Floyd Skloot, San Francisco Chronicle
“[A] cautionary tale of how pursuit of a mountain at any cost and in any weather can have deadly consequences.” —Lynn Arave, Deseret News (Salt Lake City, UT)
“With journalistic skill, Roper also delves into Unsoeld's transcendental philosophies and their fallacies...The book's greatest accomplishment is in the light it sheds on the shadows of mountain climbing and the impossible ideals of a hero.” —Mark Larabee, The Oregonian
St. Martin's Griffin, 9780312302665, 320pp.
Publication Date: March 20, 2003