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A Life on the Edge: Memoirs of Everest and Beyond

by Jim Whittaker

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    The Last Step: The American Ascent of K2 by Rick Ridgeway (amerynth)
    amerynth: Tale of Whittaker's successful K2 expedition... in all its gory detail.
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    In the Throne Room of the Mountain Gods by Galen Rowell (amerynth)
    amerynth: Story of Whittaker's unsuccessful expedition to K2... told in all the gory detail.
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Jim Whittaker is certainly not a great author but I enjoyed his memoir "A Life on the Edge: Memoirs of Everest and Beyond" anyway.

I've read far better books about his K2 expeditions (Galen Rowell's excellent "In the Throne Room of the Mountain Gods" and Rick Ridgeway's "The Last Step".... both are phenomenal) but it was interesting to finally hear about the expeditions from Whittaker, who was their leader. He glosses over some of the conflicts that are so central to the other books, but he does mention them and give his take.

The most fascinating parts of the book come at the beginning as he details how he got into climbing and his ascent of Everest. Overall, this is a solid book (with great pictures to boot) but certainly not a standout amongst mountaineering books. ( )
  amerynth | Jan 31, 2014 |
The more famous of the two brothers, Jim talks about his mountaineering adventures. It has a lot of Everest climbing, which I enjoy. ( )
  dickcraig | Sep 24, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0898865409, Hardcover)

There have been many "firsts" in Jim Whittaker's life. He was the first North American to summit Mount Everest. As the first manager and employee, and ultimately the CEO, of fledgling Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), he guided the company through years of record-setting growth. He guided Bobby Kennedy up the newly named Mount Kennedy, helping him to become the first person to summit the Canadian peak. He led the historic International Peace Climb, which put climbers from the U.S., Russia, and China on the summit of Everest in the name of world peace.

Jim Whittaker's achievement on Everest and his many successes before and after are the natural outcome of a life driven by a passion for outdoor adventure combined with strong leadership qualities and a commitment to making a difference. This honest, revealing autobiography features all the major events in Whittaker's life: his formative years spent climbing with his twin brother Lou; the creation of REI and years of work growing the company; his intimate friendship with the Kennedys and the new world into which he was launched after his success on Everest; his major expeditions on K2 and Everest; a business partnership that resulted in bankruptcy; a failed marriage; a new marriage and a new family; and his new challenges beyond the mountains. In A Life on the Edge, readers will discover a true hero -- someone who tells his story not to boast or preach but to share his love of the environment and outdoor adventure and to inspire others to seek challenges in their own lives.

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One of the twentieth century's great adventurers recounts his life and experiences, from being the first American to reach the summit of Mount Everest to sailing around the world with his family.

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