By Laurence Leamer
Willi Unsoeld, a legend between mountaineers--a guy whom invoice Moyers calls one of many few giants he has ever met--fearlessly challenged the world's optimum peaks and encouraged a new release of climbers along with his legacy.
Ascent is the tale of his life--a exciting story of actual and non secular event that captures the hypnotic strength in the back of this impressive character. From his positive conquest of Everest's forbidding West Ridge to the tragic lack of his daughter at the treacherous slopes of Nanda Devi to his ultimate, deadly test at Mount Rainier, we see Willi as guru and advisor, lover of risk and thinker of risk--a guy whose indomitable spirit caused such devotion that individuals him fearlessly to amazing heights and, occasionally, even to their deaths. A dramatic saga of bravery, bold, and the quest for non secular fact, Ascent brilliantly captures the mythic determine of Willi Unsoeld.
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Extra resources for Ascent: The Spiritual And Physical Quest Of Legendary Mountaineer Willi Unsoeld
The eulogies that followed the news of Unsoeld’s death are not the sort reserved merely for a man who was among the first Americans to conquer Mount Everest,” the Bellevue Daily Journal-American editorialized. “They are reserved for a hero. ” Willi was a strong, redheaded son of the American Northwest. To some people he seemed a character straight out of a novel by Ken Kesey, the northwest novelist whom he physically resembled—Willie, the philosophy-spouting, back-slapping individualist. To others he was an American Odysseus on a journey to the unpeopled places.
It had taken eight and a half hours to move up the 1,000-foot slope. They needed a little rest. By the time they got up again four hours had passed. It was after six, too late to go back down. Bill was never one to try to prepare for everything that might happen on a mountain; the gods of fate and destiny were not so easily assuaged. He and French had carried up their army surplus tent to pitch at their new camp, and five gallons of cooking gas. They had been planning to return to Camp I that same afternoon.
Sir Edmund Hillary is famous. But Willi Unsoeld. No! ” The student thought a moment. “But you’re famous to us, sir,” he said brightly, and sat down. Now, Willi and I were barreling back up the valley, a great plume of dust trailing behind the blue jeep. Further south Willi turned eastward onto the road the Chinese were building, a dusty track across the virgin jungle. As we jostled along, bouncing up and down, fording streams, roaring up inclines in low gear, I felt like Jim Corbet or Kim of the Jungle.
Ascent: The Spiritual And Physical Quest Of Legendary Mountaineer Willi Unsoeld by Laurence Leamer