A Life on the Edge, Anniversary Edition: Memoirs of Everest by Jim Whittaker

By Jim Whittaker

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"My father's maximum dwelling heroes have been John Glenn and Jim Whittaker—a actual gigantic with a massive center, a good soul, and inspirational braveness. we will be able to all be thankful that Whittaker has ultimately positioned his remarkable existence on paper. Whittaker's tale is a riveting saga of excessive event through considered one of history's maximum climbers." —Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

* targeted anniversary variation to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the 1st American ascent of Mount Everest

* New foreword by way of Ed Viesturs and a brand new afterword via the author

* greater than a hundred photographs, together with numerous never-before-published images

In may well of 1963 Seattle mountaineer Jim Whittaker stepped into international heritage via changing into the 1st American to summit Mount Everest. Fifty years later, he's nonetheless considered as a seminal determine in North American climbing, in addition to an astute businessman who helped create the outside game industry.

A lifestyles at the part: Memoirs of Everest and Beyond is Jim's brave, no-punches-pulled autobiography and a glance at a peripatetic, occasionally tough existence. past the honor of the Everest summit and his different remarkable mountain climbing feats, together with the 1st American summit of K2, he brazenly describes his own, "everyman" event of social upheaval within the Sixties and 70s, an early divorce, family members strife, a passionate new love later in existence, near-bankruptcy, and enterprise triumphs and losses. Jim tells all of it with verve and honesty and, actual to his nature, turns each setback into the degree for brand spanking new event. This distinctive fiftieth anniversary variation celebrates the tale of Jim's lifestyles and contours a brand new foreword via Ed Viesturs, in addition to a brand new ultimate bankruptcy that brings readers up to date, together with info of his trek to Everest Base Camp in 2012 and his son Leif's contemporary profitable summits of Everest.

Need extra Jim Whittaker? Checkout his interview on New Day Northwest as he talks approximately Everest, education, and the stunning variations among mountaineering Everest 50 years in the past as opposed to today.


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