From Publishers Weekly
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"With every lumbering step and gasping breath, Mark Obmascik proves that you don't have to scale Everest to conquer nature -- or write a great book about the great outdoors. Halfway to Heaven is an oxygen-deprived romp, a coming-of-middle-age adventure story that is by turns hilarious, gripping, poignant, and uplifting." -- Stefan Fatsis, author of A Few Seconds of Panic and Word Freak
"As Obmascik chases the meaning of life across the haute peaks of the Rockies, he touches something in your heart even while he knocks on your funny bone. Halfway to Heaven is deft and delightful. Always minding his wife's admonition never to hike alone, Obmascik proves once again that it's the journey -- and the characters met -- not the summits that really matter the most." -- Dean King, author of Skeletons on the Zahara
"Obmascik tells the often funny, sometimes moving, always fascinating story of taking up the challenge of a midlife-time to climb all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot mountains. He takes us into the strange world of obsessed mountaineers -- past and present -- and vividly describes the ardors, dangers and joys of chasing that Rocky Mountain high. Whether you ever plan to climb a mountain -- or just want to summit from your armchair -- Obmascik's engaging style makes him the perfect companion for the trip." -- Susan Freinkel, author of the 2008 National Outdoor Book Award winner, American Chestnut: The Life, Death, and Rebirth of a Perfect Tree
"Halfway to Heaven goes all the way in explaining what it feels like to climb all of Colorado's fabled Fourteeners. Obmascik's excellent writing follows more than the twists of the trails; Mark generously laces his quest for the heights with insights, history, humor, politics, personalities, record runs, friends, family, flora and fauna. Halfway to Heaven is a fortune cache for everyone." -- Gerry Roach, author of Colorado's Fourteeners -- From Hikes to Climbs
"Halfway to Heaven, Mark Obmascik's account of his quest to climb all of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks, should prove an inspiration to middle-aged mountaineers everywhere. For all of his comically recounted misadventures, Obmascik has the true mountaineer's love of high places, and a professional writer's gift of conveying that love to the reader." -- Maurice Isserman, James L. Ferguson Professor of History at Hamilton College, coauthor of the 2008 National Outdoor Book Award winner, Fallen Giants: A History of Himalayan Mountaineering from the Age of Empire to the Age of Extremes