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The Mountain of My Fear (1968)

by David Roberts

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"Deborah: A Wilderness Narrative" is the story of David Robert's unsuccessful attempt on Mt. Deborah in Alaska. The two-man expedition crumbled due to weather and strife.

This is definitely not my favorite Roberts book... I've read (much shortened) versions of his Deborah expedition elsewhere and thought they were more interesting. Roberts comes across as easily annoyed and grating in this work... as by his description, he appears to be irritated by his companion's table manners and use of certain words. The issues between them ran much deeper than that, obviously, but his treatment of them in the book is rather limited.

I much preferred Roberts' "The Mountains of My Fear" to "Deborah." ( )
  amerynth | Dec 25, 2012 |
David Robert's memoir "The Mountain of my Fear" chronicles his 1965 four-man climb of a new route on Alaska's Mount Huntington, expedition that resulted in a successful summit and a tragic accident on the way down. Roberts offers just the right amount of technical climbing information, poetic waxing and introspection about his team members. His anguish after the accident is almost palpable. This is definitely one of the better mountaineering memoirs out there. ( )
  amerynth | Sep 27, 2011 |
Read "Deborah" which is details the psychological workings of a pair of climbers as they fail to scale remote Mt. Deborah in the Alaska Range, circa 1964. ( )
  wilpotts | Jun 14, 2008 |
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Upon the mountains of my fear I climb: Above, a breakneck scoring rock; no caves, No col, no water ...
From "Two Climbs" in Collected Short Poems: 1927-1957 By W. H. Auden
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The mountain had been there a long time.
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