By Laurence Leamer
Willi Unsoeld, a legend between mountaineers--a guy whom invoice Moyers calls one of many few giants he has ever met--fearlessly challenged the world's maximum peaks and encouraged a iteration of climbers together with his legacy.
Ascent is the tale of his life--a exciting story of actual and non secular experience that captures the hypnotic strength in the back of this impressive character. From his victorious conquest of Everest's forbidding West Ridge to the tragic lack of his daughter at the treacherous slopes of Nanda Devi to his ultimate, deadly try at Mount Rainier, we see Willi as guru and advisor, lover of hazard and thinker of risk--a guy whose indomitable spirit prompted such devotion that individuals him fearlessly to amazing heights and, occasionally, even to their deaths. A dramatic saga of bravery, bold, and the hunt for religious fact, Ascent brilliantly captures the mythic determine of Willi Unsoeld.
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I want to get everything I can out of life. ” On ski trips to Santiam Pass the students always stopped in a restaurant for breakfast. They ordered heaping stacks of pancakes soggy with syrup, mounds of scrambled eggs and buttered toast, big mugs of java and hot chocolate, to fuel a body for a long day on the mountain. Bill sat down like everyone else and ordered a glass of water. He took everything on the table—ketchup, syrup, salt, sugar, cream—mixed it all together and chugged it down. Then he went out and skied like the wild man of the mountains.
As he climbed the peaks—the Wetterhorn, the Jungfrau, the Matterhorn, and Monte Rosa—Bill knew that he was literally following in the steps of the masters. Many of Bill’s British mentors thought it unsporting to wear the strapped-on metal spikes called crampons. They considered it civilized and proper to climb only with Swiss guides. Even if Bill had had as much money as he had stories, he would never have hired someone to take him up. Half the joy and wonder of climbing was that you did it yourself with your friends; that way each climb was a virgin journey.
In the 1950s Carter had first learned of the Teton guide Willi Unsoeld. He had heard a story that Willi had seen Nanda Devi from a distance in 1949 and found the mountain so beautiful that he decided to get married, have a daughter, and name her after the mountain. When Carter met Willi he found that the story was true, the daughter already existed. “I guess I date from back at the time more or less that they invented the light bulb,” sixty-four-year-old Carter said, in the voice of a Boston Brahmin.
Ascent: The Spiritual And Physical Quest Of Legendary Mountaineer Willi Unsoeld by Laurence Leamer