- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Mountaineers Books (October 31, 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0898861187
- ISBN-13: 978-0898861181
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,005,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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David Roberts writes intelligently about the ethics and exhilaration of the least intellectual of human pursuits, adventure. This is a clean, clear, free-flowing book, accessible to anyone but a treasure for those who have suffered moments of doubt. (Tim Cahill Backpacker magazine)
Absolutely the frankest, the fairest, and the most entertaining book about mountain climbing I have ever read. (Jan Morris, author)
About the Author
DAVID ROBERTS is an accomplished mountaineer and the author of more than twenty books, including several published by The Mountaineers Books (Escape Routes, Moments of Doubt, Sandstone Spine) as well as many others, including True Summit (about Herzog and Annapurna) and The Last of His Kind, a biography of Bradford Washburn. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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He doesn't hesitate in sharing his inner most feelings and his opinion of others. His analysis of his own climbing adventures and the mishaps of others to laid bare for the reader to analyze and come to their own conclusions.
If not for the pure enjoyment of adventure reading, Moments of Doubt provides a good resource of popular climbing epics.
Having recently read Robert's On the Ridge Between Life and Death, I found Moments of Doubt to be a more global look at climbing, yet with the passion that Robert's is so adept at sharing with the reader.
In the Adventure section, "Rafting with the BBC" tell us the differences between the actual hair-raising exploit and what you see on the TV-sometimes funny, sometimes maddening. I have read other accounts of sponsorship by the BBC; it must be like finding out your roommate is a strong-minded elephant. "Kilimanjaro: A Third World Adventure" is a perceptive writing of a mountain, not often mentioned by climbers because it is not considered "difficult." Now, to you and me, the thought of climbing Kilimanjaro might be right up there with bull riding, but to climbers, "difficult" is something like K-2. Also, the only way the local government allowed you to climb was with a guide and as part of a group, a somewhat embarrassing outing for a world-class climber.
My favorite Profile "The Mechanical Boy Comes Back," is the story of Hugh Herr, a brilliant, but obsessed 18-year old climber, who with a friend became lost in the New Hampshire mountains and spent three days and three nights in the below zero temperatures. Hugh subsequently lost his leg up to the thigh due to frostbite. His comeback was miraculous. He refused to quit because of his disability and designed various prostheses so he could climb again, which he did with great success. I was so taken with the account, I had to find out what became of Hugh after 1983 when the article was written. Checking out the Internet, I found Hugh is now Dr. Herr, a PhD who is well known in his field and has a business designing prosthetic devices.
This is not just a book for climbing wannabes, or adventure junkies; all the writings stand on their own, are thought provoking and enjoyable.