Where the Mountain Casts Its Shadow The Dark Side of Extreme Adventure

ISBN-10: 0312339011
ISBN-13: 9780312339012
Edition: 2005
Authors: Maria Coffey
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List price: $18.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 4/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Without risk, say mountaineers, there would be none of the self-knowledge that comes from pushing life to its extremes. For them, perhaps, it is worth the cost. But when tragedy strikes, what happens to the people left behind? Why would anyone choose to invest in a future with a high-altitude risk-taker? What is life like in the shadow of the mountain? Such questions have long been taboo in the world of mountaineering. Now, the spouses, parents and children of internationally renowned climbers finally break their silence, speaking out about the dark side of adventure. Maria Coffey confronted one of the harshest realities of mountaineering when her partner Joe Tasker disappeared on the Northeast Ridge of Everest in 1982. In Where the Mountain Casts Its Shadow, Coffey offers an intimate portrait of adventure and the conflicting beauty, passion, and devastation of this alluring obsession. Through interviews with the world's top climbers, or their widows and families-Jim Wickwire, Conrad Anker, Lynn Hill, Joe Simpson, Chris Bonington, Ed Viesturs, Anatoli Boukreev, Alex Lowe, and many others-she explores what compels men and women to give their lives to the high mountains. She asks why, despite the countless tragedies, the world continues to laud their exploits. With an insider's understanding, Coffey reveals the consequences of loving people who pursue such risk-the exhilarating highs and inevitable lows, the stress of long separations, the constant threat of bereavement, and the lives shattered in the wake of climbing accidents. Where the Mountain Casts Its Shadow is a powerful, affecting and important book that exposes the far reaching personal costs of extreme adventure.

by Maria Coffey and illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes

Foreword
Introduction
Moments of Perfection
High Times, Hard Contract
In Thrall
The Transcendence Zone
Voices I: The Shadow Falls
The Mourning Work
Badges of Honor
Masters of Denial
Voices II: An Absence of Light
The Lingering Shadow
The Brilliance Beyond
Acknowledgments

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