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Seventy Summits: A Life in the Mountains Hardcover – August 1, 2017
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About the Author
Vern Tejas is a mountain climber and guide from Mahwah, New Jersey. He currently hold the world record for fastest climb of the Seven Summits and was the first person to solo summit Mt. Vinson in Antarctica as well as several other mountains. He was named one of the top fifty Alaskan athletes of the 20th century by Sports Illustrated and was inducted into the Alaska Sports Hall of fame in 2012.
Lew Freedman is the author of more than 90 books including dozens of biographies for adult and school aged readers. He also enjoyed a long career as a journalist and newspaper editor for the Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer and the Anchorage Daily News. The author currently resides in Columbus, Indiana.
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Everyone was listening to Vern and hanging on his every word as he told stories that can be described as nothing short of absurd.
"So there I was....." as he tells one tale of filling his boots with hot water in a last effort to avoid losing toes during an extremely dicey solo winter attempt on the very same mountain we were currently sitting on. Or another one about the time he found himself on the North Face of Mt. Everest in a harrowing storm. Or about the time he strapped an aluminum ladder to his waist to avoid falling into crevasses. The stories just kept coming and coming. I mean, this guy has accomplished many lifetimes' worth of mountaineering achievements, and here he is in his 60s dragging 150 pounds of gear up Denali in a double sled, still planning how he would go about paragliding off the summit of Everest, pointing at this jagged mountain or that in the Alaska Range and recalling the time he was the first person to climb this one on this route, or was the first to climb that one in the winter.
And that's what's great about this book -- you can relive all of Vern's stories from the warmth and comfort of your own home.
Highly recommended. An amazing chronicle of a lifetime of absurd adventures in the mountains.