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No, Stark does not have some unresolved death wish--he readily admits that he fears death. But he also understands that the fine line between life and death actually entices outdoor adventurers to risk everything for the chance to explore their own physical and mental limits. In fact, it is exactly this close proximity to death that makes the experience come alive for certain individuals with the overriding desire "to strip away the superfluous, to remove the protective boundaries between that thing you call a self and something larger." These are the stories of those who crossed the line. --Shawn Carkonen
4.5 stars. If you love adventure and risk taking, or are thinking about suicide, this book presents much food for thought. Read morePublished 4 days ago by D. Morgan
I was unable to make myself read all of this because the quality of writing was so poor. I skimmed quite a bit. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Jacobson
Very good book, easy to read all in one sitting, it kind of sucks you in. I liked learning about how the body reacts in exteme environments and the process of rehabilitation if and... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Pen Name
I really enjoyed the interesting and useful information in this book. Each ficticious narrative described in detail the physiology of suffering the various calamities an adventurer... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Bonnie Ford
I thought this was ACTUAL stories at the "limits of human endurance". But after reading the introduction, I discovered that these were "fictional" stories. Read morePublished 20 months ago by A. Cloud