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Beyond the Mountain par [House, Steve]
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What does it take to be one of the world's best high-altitude mountain climbers? A lot of fundraising; traveling in some of the world's most dangerous countries; enduring cold bivouacs, searing lungs, and a cloudy mind when you can least afford one. It means learning the hard lessons the mountains teach.

Steve House built his reputation on ascents throughout the Alps, Canada, Alaska, the Karakoram and the Himalaya that have expanded possibilities of style, speed, and difficulty. In 2005 Steve and alpinist Vince Anderson pioneered a direct new route on the Rupal Face of 26,600-foot Nanga Parbat, which had never before been climbed in alpine style. It was the third ascent of the face and the achievement earned Steveand Vince the first Piolet d"or (Golden Ice Axe) awarded to North Americans.

Steve is an accomplished and spellbinding storyteller in the tradition of Maurice Herzog and Lionel Terray. Beyond the Mountain is a gripping read destined to be a mountain classic. And it

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 The climbs in this book that are described have been better described by Steve's partners in other accounts 19 novembre 2014
Par Jim C - Publié sur
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The climbs are amazing but I find that stories of alpinism far are more riveting by Tasker, Roberts Child, Krakauer, Twight and Blanchard because writing about their emotion is the core of their books. This book in comparison feels like a move-by-move description of climbing. What makes climbing great is working through your own inadequacies and fears while dealing with your partners different motivations and similar fears but still getting those days when everything meshes - especially the partnership. This book just hints at that feeling that we as climbers are seeking, made all the better when we almost lose in the tension of uncertainty.

Steve House's alpine climbs are amazing - he is probably the best American alpinist. However, he does not bring it is his writing like he brings it on his climbs. I have read accounts of many of these climbs previously in Climbing and Rock and Ice and the accounts of these same climbs by Marc Twight and Barry Blanchard are far more riveting than this book.

While in climbing, Steve House always takes the sharp end of the rope, in writing this book, he has passed on taking the sharp end in reviewing and writing about emotion. His accounts of a client dying on a climb or going to a climbing friends funeral seem to pass on emotional reflection and report it- - it is very difficult to write about - but that is what makes a climbing story gripping, sympathetic and a great read. I was also disappointed as the tension of climbing with partners seemed to be glossed over, such as when Steve dropped or forgot stuff. How did it affect his partners? It seemed that the author did not want to dwell on any tension with climbing partners in writing this book, so we end up reading a sanitized version of his amazing climbs.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 All's well that ends well....I guess. 5 juillet 2016
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There were many time as I read this book that I would have given it only one or two stars. Most of the book dealt sparingly with anything "Beyond the Mountain" and when it did, that chapter would end leaving you hanging. The present tense to flashback style of writing is cumbersome and reduces clarity and climatic story flow. Also, it barely touched on the liner note:

"What does it take to be one of the world's best high-altitude mountain climbers? A lot of fundraising; traveling in some of the world's most dangerous countries;"

Furthermore, every climbing/adventure/mountaineering book I've read had the effect of inspiring me to do more, learn more, stretch myself more, be more. 95% of this book did the opposite. It's hard to articulate accurately, but an off putting arrogance from House and his climbing partners emanates from many of the pages and their stories. Undoubtedly, House is one of, if not the greatest American Alpinist ever. That's why I bought the book. But why put down people, or partners, because they are not as great? or put people down who are unwilling or unable to give up everything to train for the perfect line. Should others not climb because they are not willing to quit their jobs and live out of a van in order to climb on a moments notice? Great acts speak for themselves. Some people will never, nor should they ever, accept the level of risk and exposure that House did on such a regular basis. You don't need to put anyone down or toot your own horn to make your accomplishments noteworthy.

That being said, the Epilogue changed my entire opinion of the book. House gave credit to someone in the acknowledgments section crediting them with help on the epilogue. Perhaps they wrote it. I don't know, but it put the entire rest of the book into perspective. House admitted his mistakes. He allowed himself to be human. He apologized for his human frailties without apologizing for the sacrifices necessary to achieve his numerous accomplishments. I appreciated the technical nature this book. And after reading the epilogue I would recommend the book to others. Just be mindful that I almost put the book away before I got the the epilogue.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 This was easily one of the best books I've read 27 juin 2016
Par User 1 - Publié sur
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This was easily one of the best books I've read. I didn't give it five stars due to the back and forth at the end of the book, which other readers have also commented on. At the end I found it hard to keep up and was waiting for a climax that in some ways I never found.

But, what is interesting about this book, and sets it apart from the rest, is the connection to his personal life. There is scene he describes after he completes what is essentially his life's work. The scene is dark and grimy, something most people would not admit, but most can react to in some way. When authors are blunt it makes the book better.

The connection is constant between the "normal" life and climbing, or, the question of "what is the point?" Being an outdoorsman I often find myself asking "why" when it comes to pushing physical limits or the wild. What House does is beyond what most people can comprehend so he tries to answer that question.

I wanted a little bit more at the end, but overall this was a great book.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good, Not Great. 3 janvier 2017
Par S. A. - Publié sur
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This book starts out really well with, as you might expect, interesting stories about challenging climbs on various mountains. It's not going to win a Pulitzer any time soon, but the writing is generally interesting and easy to digest. It's not long however, before the author devolves into several examples of how he is one of the very best, if not THE best, climber in the known universe. It's okay to think those things to yourself. In fact, that kind of self-confidence is necessary to being a good mountaineer - but the self-aggrandizement gets a little out of control. If you have to keep publicly patting yourself on the back, maybe you are a little closer to a Kardashian than a climber. To paraphrase proverb 16:18, "Pride comes before the fall." Pun intended.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 better climber than writer 28 novembre 2012
Par Derek Fox - Publié sur
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I am surprised at all the positive reviews. I have read much on this genre, and was familiar with the mountains and partners written about. I found the writing dull and forced. There is little description about his efforts, but much spent describing various climbing moves. There is zero discussion about expedition funding. I hated the final chapter as he climbed the Rupal face...I didn't like the way he went from back and forth from the ascent and descent.
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