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Seventy Summits: A Life in the Mountains Hardcover – August 1, 2017
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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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He has received awards from the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame and the American Alpine Club. He has been named Alaskan of the Year.
Vern Tejas has just published a book called Seventy Summits: A Life in the Mountains. It is a book of stories, of adventures, of suffering, of defeat and of victory. It is a book about a rare human being of great accomplishment.
Mountain climbing is hard physical work. There is depravation, cold, darkness and bad weather. Fear, sickness and fatigue are constant. After each summit comes the inevitable question: what next? Do we set our sights on a higher summit, a more difficult route and more risk? Must we live at the very edge of what is possible for us? These are the questions that Seventy Summits explores.
Seventy Summits is a book of adventure stories. Vern takes us on a journey to the top of the Seven Summits and to the North and South Poles. He takes us to places that few of us experience. We meet many interesting characters, hear great stories and receive lessons on climbing and life along the way.
Seventy Summits is an inspirational book about mountains, climbing and adventure. I recommend it highly.
These stories are the real deal! Vern is one extremely focused, tough individual, who cannot stop! Guess he is still trying to wear out Boukreev's (another equally tough guy) bivy sack, which Vern still uses on Denali!
I've had the great privilege and pleasure to climb with Vern...superb fun. Enjoy!