Addicted to Danger
Affirming Life in the Face of Death
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Addicted to Danger by Jim Wickwire
Book DescriptionAmong the world's most intrepid and fearless mountain climbers, Jim Wickwire has travelled the globe from Alaska to the Alps in search of fresh challenges and new heights to conquer. Along the way he has accumulated an extraordinary number of achievements, he has climbed K2, the second highest peak in the world and attempted Everest. But with the triumphs came harrowing incidents of suffering and loss that haunt him still. Wickwire is continually drawn back to the pure life-and-death logic of granite, glacier and snow, leaving behind the complexitites of the civilised world. Deeply compelled by the allure of nature and the thrill of the risk, he has pushed himself to the limits of physical and mental endurance for thirty five years, ultimately becoming a legend. ADDICTED TO DANGER provides a fascinating insight into the logistics, thrills and rivalries of mountain climbing but also explores Wickwire's complex reasons for living on the edge, culminating in his change of heart which threatened his faith in himself and his hope in the future. How he reassessed his priorities and rededicated his life completes an unique and moving portrait of one man's courage, commitment, and grace under pressure.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780671019914
(234mm x 155mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Simon & Schuster
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: 4-May-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Jim Wickwire
K2 the Savage Mountain, Paperback (December 2008)» View all books by Jim Wickwire
The 1953 American expedition to the second highest peak in the world.
US Kirkus Review » Terrible title, but a good adventure story mixed with meditations on the meaning of life and death and dying. Wickwire is one of the world's most accomplished mountain climbers. For over 30 years he has challenged the great summits: Everest, K2 in the Himalayas, Mt. McKinley, and so many others. Some of these mountains he has conquered, some have conquered him, but he has never lost his desire to climb. The descriptions of his adventures are gripping tales. Yet "off the mountains," the writing is unengaging, despite the stylistic contributions of co-author Bullitt (Filling the Void: Six Steps from Loss to Fulfillment, not reviewed). Wickwire's family, for instance, is present throughout the book, and he's clearly devoted to them, yet the reader does not get more than a one-dimensional understanding of them. On the other hand, the people with whom he climbs are finely sketched; they are real and complex. Perhaps this is because when he's not climbing, life is, both literally and figuratively, flat; perhaps only when he is in danger does he truly become alive and observant. Wickwire, however, spends little time being introspective here, until (and very effectively) near the end of the book. Both author and reader suddenly realize this book has been about death, the deaths of so many friends on the slopes: fellow climbers, a young woman he dearly loved. The brutal murder off the slopes of his law partner causes him to question hoary cliches about adventure: Is dying while doing what one loves any less terrible, any less terrifying, than dying another way? Why purposely put oneself in harm's way? Seemingly disillusioned, this aging athlete responds to his crisis of faith in perhaps the only way he knows how: He climbs a mountain. In the end, the reader knows little about why people like Wickwire are addicted to danger. It may be an unanswerable question. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Jim Wickwire
Jim Wickwire is a partner in the law firm of Wickwire, Greene, Crosby, Brewer & Seward. He lives in Seattle with his wife and has five children and twin granddaughters.
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