Where the Mountain Casts Its Shadow

Where the Mountain Casts Its Shadow

The Dark Side of Extreme Adventure

Book - 2003
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Baker & Taylor
Shares the personal behind-the-scenes stories of famous mountaineers to reveal the events that compelled them to risk their lives and personal relationships, in a collection of portraits that includes coverage of such adventurers as Jim Wickwire, Conrad Anker, and Lynn Hill. 40,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
Without risk, say mountaineers, there would be none of the self-knowledge that comes from pushing life to its extremes. For them, perhaps, it is worth the cost. But when tragedy strikes, what happens to the people left behind? Why would anyone choose to invest in a future with a high-altitude risk-taker? What is life like in the shadow of the mountain? Such questions have long been taboo in the world of mountaineering. Now, the spouses, parents and children of internationally renowned climbers finally break their silence, speaking out about the dark side of adventure.

Maria Coffey confronted one of the harshest realities of mountaineering when her partner Joe Tasker disappeared on the Northeast Ridge of Everest in 1982. In Where the Mountain Casts Its Shadow, Coffey offers an intimate portrait of adventure and the conflicting beauty, passion, and devastation of this alluring obsession. Through interviews with the world's top climbers, or their widows and families-Jim Wickwire, Conrad Anker, Lynn Hill, Joe Simpson, Chris Bonington, Ed Viesturs, Anatoli Boukreev, Alex Lowe, and many others-she explores what compels men and women to give their lives to the high mountains. She asks why, despite the countless tragedies, the world continues to laud their exploits. With an insider's understanding, Coffey reveals the consequences of loving people who pursue such risk-the exhilarating highs and inevitable lows, the stress of long separations, the constant threat of bereavement, and the lives shattered in the wake of climbing accidents.

Where the Mountain Casts Its Shadow is a powerful, affecting and important book that exposes the far reaching personal costs of extreme adventure.

& Taylor

Shares the personal behind-the-scenes stories of famous mountaineers to reveal the events that compelled them to risk their lives and personal relationships.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312290658
Characteristics: xviii, 234 p. ; 22 cm


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Dec 05, 2012

Started Sunday Dec 2, 2012......Wed. Dec 5......page 150, a very easy (well, if you can stand the grieving parts) and interesting read so far. Amazing how addicting this sport can be....think I'll just be an armchair climber, thanks! Finished Dec 7, 2012. Great read. Great insights into this sport and the people (and loved ones) involved in it. I would agree that it would be more interesting to those who have read other books (Into Thin Air, as example) about some of the climbs mentioned.

Jul 20, 2012

This was a very interesting read about the risks and consequences of extreme mountaineering. It particularly focused on friends and families of such athletes.

It was made more interesting given that I had recently read both Into Thin Air (Krakauer) and Touching the Void (Simpson) recently. She mentions these incidents and major players therein several times throughout the book.

Hazeldeantag Oct 22, 2011

This is an alright book. It is interesting at times but it can also be quite boring at others, it feels as if the author is repeating the same thing over and over again through out the whole book.

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