Soaring 20,320 feet into the thin Arctic air, Denali is the highest and coldest summit in North America and one of the most coveted mountaineering prizes on the planet. In this novel of adventure, adversity, and ambition by renowned climber and writer Nicholas O'Connell, four men set out to conquer it. During the ascent the group battles avalanches, fierce winds, and mind-numbing cold before it splinters, leading inexorably to tragedy. Throughout the book, the author's first-hand experience brings to life the formidable challenges and otherworldly beauty of the mountain as well as the bonds formed and broken in the pursuit of its summit.
Nicholas O'Connell is the author of several books, including Beyond Risk: Conversations with Climbers and On sacred ground: The Spirit of Place in Pacific Northwest Literature. He contributes to Newsweek, Outside, National Geographic Adventure, Condé Nast Traveler, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Sierra, and many other publications. He teaches for www.thewritersworkshop.net.
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