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Sport books
Author: David Schaeffer
ISBN: 0881462101
Subcategory: Mountaineering
Pages 256 pages
Publisher Mercer University Press (September 30, 2010)
Language English
Category: Sport books
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eBook Five Big Mountains: A Regular Guy's Guide to Climbing Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, Vinson, Elbrus, and Orizaba download

by David Schaeffer


What does it take for a regular guy to climb some of the highest mountains in the world? .

What does it take for a regular guy to climb some of the highest mountains in the world? FIVE BIG MOUNTAINS takes you there. Now David Schaeffer has written about his own mountain climbing experiences from the viewpoint of the "regular guy". The author does a good job of including the right amount of detail without weighing down the story. Reading David Schaeffer's book made me nervous! David does such a good job of taking the reader to every one of his mountains, and such a terrific job of sharing the emotional and physical pieces of the travel and climbing process, that it was not unusual for me literally to cry out while I was reading.

Five Big Mountains book.

A Regular Guy's Guide to Climbing. Orizaba, Elbrus, Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, and Mount Vinson. The Top of Europe, Elbrus is so big it creates its own weather patterns between the Black Sea and the Caucasus Range

A Regular Guy's Guide to Climbing. What does it take for a regular guy to climb some of the highest mountains in the world? Five Big Mountains takes you there, instantly, placing the reader and the author on a steep glacier on Pico de Orizaba with equipment trouble and tough decision any high altitude climber inevitable faces. The Top of Europe, Elbrus is so big it creates its own weather patterns between the Black Sea and the Caucasus Range. Elbrus tested my nerve with a whiteout snowstorm and a sudden drop into a crevasse. I had to go back a second time to finally make it to the summit.

What does it take for a regular guy to climb some of the highest mountains in the world? Five Big Mountains takes you there, instantly placing the reader and the author on a steep glacier on Pico de Orizaba with equipment trouble.

What does it take for a regular guy to climb some of the highest mountains in the world? Five Big Mountains takes you there, instantly placing the reader and the author on a steep glacier on Pico de Orizaba with equipment trouble and the tough decision any high altitude climber inevitably faces - should he turn back or keep going to the summit? Product Identifiers. He received the 2015 Charles Watkins Award for his distinctive and sustained service to the Atlanta Bar Association. Schaeffer holds a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.

A Regular Guy's Guide to Climbing Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, Vinson, Elbrus, and Orizaba.

Five Big Mountains : A Regular Guy's Guide to Climbing Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, Vinson, Elbrus, and Orizaba.

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Early in Five Big Mountains, Schaeffer recalls two climbers descending to a base camp near Orizaba, "swearing that .

Early in Five Big Mountains, Schaeffer recalls two climbers descending to a base camp near Orizaba, "swearing that they would never do this again" (16). Like me, Schaeffer admits to similar thoughts. Unlike me, he has gone on to conquer some of the highest peaks outside of Asia. The sub-title, A Regular Guy's Guide to Climbing Orizaba, Elbrus, Kilimajaro, Aconcagua, and Vinson, clarifies his middle-age goal: to climb the third-highest peak in North America (Orizaba), and the highest in Europe, Africa, South America and Antarctica respectively. Schaeffer's book is an extended journal of sorts, with each of the five chapters dedicated to one summit.

Five Big Mountains: A Regular Guy's Guide to Climbing Elbrus, Orizaba, Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, and Vinson. What does it take for a regular guy to climb some of the highest mountains in the world?

Five Big Mountains: A Regular Guy's Guide to Climbing Elbrus, Orizaba, Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, and Vinson. What does it take for a regular guy to climb some of the highest mountains in the world? Five Big Mountains takes you there, instantly placing the reader and the author on a steep glacier on Pico de Orizaba with equipment trouble and the tough decision any high altitude climber inevitably faces-should he turn back or keep going to the summit?

Pablo is both a mountain guide and an Argentinean Sport climbing champion. To climb Aconcagua you need to be physically fit, have strong mental stamina and be capable of strenuous exercise for several days duration.

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What does it take for a regular guy to climb some of the highest mountains in the world? Five Big Mountains takes you there, instantly placing the reader and the author on a steep glacier on Pico de Orizaba with equipment trouble and the tough decision any high altitude climber inevitably faces should he turn back or keep going to the summit? The central theme of the book is that with proper preparation, careful planning, persistent training, and the best guides, even an amateur with little mountaineering experience can climb and reach the summits of some of the most famous mountains in the world, though there are risks involved that need to be minimized. Written in the first person, Five Big Mountains takes the reader into the mind of a regular guy trying to reach the summit of four of the famous Seven Summits, as well as his first high-altitude climb of a steep, glaciated Mexican volcano. The book tells what climbing is really like, the struggles and the triumphs, the emotions and the dangers, moment by moment. The reader is taken to Russia, Africa, Antarctica, South America, and Mexico. Along the way, the reader is able to travel with and discover the local flavor of each exotic or not so exotic venue. Color photos help visualize the glorious majesty of the peaks, but the narrative provides the nitty-gritty of the author s daily challenges on the mountains.
Pooker
I really enjoyed reading this account of a 'regular guy' climbing these peaks. I am hoping to climb many of these myself, and I really love the detail he puts into his descriptions. He gives you a real feel for what these adventures are like.
Bandiri
A nice intro to get an idea of what to expect.
Saithi
I just finished David's wonderful book and I'm sure I'll read it again because not only is it a great adventure travel read, it's also filled with
excellent, detailed climbing tips and suggestions that will make my future climbs better. I've read several mountaineering books and I actually like this book better than "Into Thin Air".

Brad W.
Anayanis
Five Big Mountains is an excellent well written account of the author's adventures on Orizaba, Elbrus, Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua and Vinson. Having had the opportunity to climb two of those mountains I felt as if I was back on each mountain again. Congratulations for the effort to succeed in climbing those five mountains and for an exciting fast paced read. I'm looking forward to comparing my future climbing adventures with the authors. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants an accurate taste of life on any of these mountains.
JOIN
I am not someone who would ever climb a mountain but for some reason I enjoy the vicarious experience of reading about it. For example, I found "Into Thin Air", by Jon Krakauer, riveting. Now David Schaeffer has written about his own mountain climbing experiences from the viewpoint of the "regular guy". The author does a good job of including the right amount of detail without weighing down the story. Because really, it's the story that makes the book compelling. I found myself mentally urging him on, and though I knew he had summited all those peaks, it didn't diminish the anticipation or the drama of the process in any way. Mr. Schaeffer's writing style is almost conversational, which allows the reader to feel like he/she is accompanying the author on his journeys. This worked for me, someone who likes to hike and explore the outdoors but not much beyond that. Yet this book gave me the fascinating opportunity to "come along for the ride" with someone I can identify with - a "regular guy". And for someone else with greater ambitions than I, who wants to climb a mountain but isn't sure it's realistic, I would say they would find this book highly motivational. A fun and entertaining read!
OwerSpeed
I read quite a few travel books and I enjoyed this account of climbing five high mountains in different continents because it was by someone who wasn't an experienced rock climber - just a 'regular guy' as David describes himself. The detail was good and useful for someone who wants to climb mountains of this scale. I found the descriptions of the weather and the difficulty of the climbs and hikes compelling. I don't think I could manage mountains of this altitude, but it sure makes me want to get out into the mountains. I especially liked the descriptions of hikes with his children - I'm sure he's passed the mountain bug on to them!
Xaluenk
Reading David Schaeffer's book made me nervous! David does such a good job of taking the reader to every one of his mountains, and such a terrific job of sharing the emotional and physical pieces of the travel and climbing process, that it was not unusual for me literally to cry out while I was reading. He recounts decisions about whether, in the face of worsening weather and freezing body parts and fatigue to continue his climbs, and even though I know from the fact that he wrote the book that he survived, several times I found myself nearly shouting "No, do not go any further!" or "Are you crazy? Stop there!"

David's style is easy and inclusive and deeply entertaining. I will never make the trips he made, but I am delighted to have read about them and to have been educated about what happens to a regular guy who is dedicated and focused and tough- it appears that anything really is possible!
A great read, detailing the challenges facing a "regular guy" doing high altitude mountain climbing. It was difficult for me to stop reading, but I did, just enough to put some duct tape in my daypack after reading how duct tape may have saved the "regular guy" from falling off a mountain. The book "tells all" - even how fecal material is handled when a climber just "has to go" while roped up on an incline with other climbers. The over-arching lesson is that planning, hard work, perseverance, and a little inspired irrational gusto, invites lady luck to smile on a "regular guy".