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Where the Mountain Casts Its Shadow: The Dark Side of Extreme Adventure By Maria Coffey Thomas Hornbein,

  • Title: Where the Mountain Casts Its Shadow: The Dark Side of Extreme Adventure
  • Author: Maria Coffey Thomas Hornbein
  • ISBN: 9780312339012
  • Page: 238
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 haveWithout 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.
    Where the Mountain Casts Its Shadow The Dark Side of Extreme Adventure 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

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    1. If you are in a relationship with a mountaineer, the kind who craves extreme high altitude excitement, then you must come to terms with the fact that you will probably rank second in that person s heart mind in comparison with climbing mountains This book seems to say that most mountaineers of this sort simply cannot or will not shift priorities they cannot be happy or who they are at base unless they are able to risk their lives on mountains Thus, if you are in a relationship with one of them, [...]

    2. I like reading mountain woe books pretty much because I don t know anyone who actually participates in this madness This book is an interesting look at the people who have no choice in the matter, who are forced to participate because they have a son or daughter or husband or father who climbs While I appreciate this perspective I hope I never need it However, here s a line that made my blood run cold He was always going upwards, from the time he was eighteen months old, said the mother of some [...]

    3. This book explores the long term aftermath of the risk taking, general lifestyle, and yes, fatalities associated with the upper echelon of mountaineers I have long found extreme alpinism fascinating from an armchair enthusiast perspective, and am dearly in love with hiking up sub 15,000 foot mountains Coffey examines the lives of spouses, significant others, and children of mountaineers both before and after tragedies strike, and it leads to many questions and answers about why people are attrac [...]

    4. This is the second book I ve read by the author and I liked this book better and would give it 3.5 stars if the option was available This book gives a voice to the dead climbers and their thoughts about the dangers of climbing, and juggling climbing with family life It also tells the stories of the wives and girlfriends who have lost one or partners to death and disaster on climbs It concludes with an excellent bibliography of the books written by the climbers about their expeditions and the bo [...]

    5. If you ve read any books about mountaineering s great accomplishments, you ve also likely read about its great tragedies as well This book explores an issue rarely, if ever, brought up in these great heroic tales what about those who are left behind Is it essentially a selfish act to leave children and spouses for long periods of time in order to climb mountains at great personal risk This book gives a voice to those left behind, and the voices are mixed Some rage against the narcissism of their [...]

    6. This book had quite a few surprises for me.People getting hurt on easy climbs that I ve donelike Orizaba the Riffelhorn The thing that made me feel that I was almost a partof the book was reading that Jim Lowe was worriedabout Alex hitchhiking, than climbing September some years ago I wanted to hike the crest trailfrom the north cascades highway to Manning park in Canada No buses, and no easy way to loop back on another trail, so I drove my car north on I5 to where theNC highway branched off Pa [...]

    7. This author would know better than most what it was like to be involved with a mountain climber as well as having a working knowledge of other women who loved mountaineers who then died on and in the mountains The emotions are raw, the memories still clear and so I found myself gaining a deeper empathy not only for the widows and children of these mostly men but a genuine respect Something too that I learned was the connection these loved ones themselves formed with the mountains whether they wa [...]

    8. A terrific successor to Fragile Edge by the same author That book was a personal journey a quest for answers followed by the author after the death of her famous mountain climber boyfriend on the slopes of Everest.This book looks at the effect of following this most dangerous of passions on the partners left behind and some who sometimes accompany their loved ones Even interestingly, Maria Coffey looks at the point of views of those who have no choice in their relationships with those whose add [...]

    9. Maria Coffey dares ask the question what happens to the families and loved ones when a mountaineer is lost pursuing his or her dream on high She knows first hand the high cost of losing someone you love to the high peaks her boyfriend, the British mountaineer Joe Tasker, died on Mount Everest in 1982 In her extensive interviews with widows, parents, children, friends and psychologists, she finds answers that are not as simple as they might seem.A surprising number of mountaineers widows go on to [...]

    10. 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 [...]

    11. I can t explain why I m fascinated with reading books about high altitude climbing I ve never done it and I have no desire to do it I ve only ever been to snow capped mountains twice took the gondola ride to Mount Pilatus above Lucerne, Switzerland, and skied about 100 yards near Zillertal in Austria Aside from the graceless skiing, everything I did was designed for pedestrians who just wanted to appreciate the view which I did It s breathtaking in ways than one And in that sense alone I can un [...]

    12. The world of high altitude mountaineering is a place where the line between safety and disaster is finely drawn says author Maria Coffey She brings readers face to face with the reality that these elite climbers venture into a world where accidents are commonplace the fatality rate is high pages 137 138 Where the Mountain Casts Its Shadow was tough reading for me I picked it up in the spring of 2011, read a little bit, and placed it in my to finish someday stack Then my brother Gary not a climbe [...]

    13. Provides an interesting insight into having relationships with mountaineers Coffey is well placed to write such a book and she explores the emotional trials of those left at home while the adventurers are away She shares the highs of their returns and reveals the deepest grief when they are lost on the mountains.

    14. I finished this book and promptly told my husband that I never want him climbing mountains We ve watched many different shows on Everest and the struggles that people go through in order to reach the tops of the mountains However, it s quite rare that you get an idea of what the spouses and significant others go through.This book offers a first hand experience for those who live or know climbers, mountaineers, and adventurers It really drives home how dangerous some of these sports are and how h [...]

    15. Being an armchair mountaineer the closest thing to a mountain I climb is a ladder , you always hear about the climbers the thrill, the close shave, the impossible against all odds, and those that remain on the mountain Maria Coffey presents the other side of the coin the spouses, children, parents and friends left behind She has presented a wide variety of perspectives, including her own as a girlfriend of a climber who didn t come home, showcasing the feelings and thoughts of those who decided [...]

    16. I read this book in late 2006, early 2007, after attending a screening of the Banff Mountain Film Festival at Western Washington University It was a rescheduled showing, due to 12 inches of snow we d had hit the city in one day Keep in mind, this is a city that sold its only snow plow long ago School and most offices were closed for an entire week I ve long loved the Banff Mountain Film Festival since I spent a summer in Banff taking a 4 week masterclass series with Stephen Maxym, the former pri [...]

    17. The author is the wife of an Everest climber, who eventually dies on one of his climbs Through personal experience and interviews with the wives, lovers and children of other high altitude climbers, she traces the psychological and emotional trauma that the spouses and partners and children of climbers go through in coping with the fears and worries as their better half climbs yet again in high risk mountains The book tries to probe the reasons why climbers keep seeking out high risk adventures [...]

    18. the best book about extreme sports i ve read because it talks to the spouse s of the athletesere is a story that Lynda Petty asked her husband, when he was in a hospital bed, when he d quit racing when it stops being fun, he said a couple years later, after his nastiest wreck, when he gained consciousness she just about spit are we still having fun that is what Maria Coffee reminded me of, the person climbing Everest or K2 or driving 220 mph around Indy doesn t have the same experience as the wi [...]

    19. Mountaineering from the survivors perspective, including fellow climbers and family members makes this book a bit different than others Coffey provides a cliff notes of sorts for climbing disasters and misunderstood priorities but doesn t delve into the why Why are climbers compelled to take such extreme risks, even after they have married or had children Coffey s personal narrative about her own mourning of Joe Trask is intimate and heartfelt She references other works for the reader who wants [...]

    20. I ve read some really exciting mountain literature Into Thin Air by Krakauer and The Climb by Anatoly Boukreev, so this book did not come close to providing the edge of your seat excitement I was expecting Too touchy feely for me I guess, just wasn t in the mood The main point of this book was to share the emotional trauma of family, spouses, children and friends when their loved one dies in a climbing accident It happens often than you think the mortality rate is 14% for those who choose to cl [...]

    21. This book is a must read for anyone who has an interest in the human experience defined by extreme circumstances The author explores the facets of mountaineering lifestyle s effects on those who didn t chose that lifestyle for themselves With it s brutal honesty, it accounts the lives of those left behind after tragedy strikes and how the loss affects their lives While it doesn t completely answer the question why some are compelled to put themselves in harms way despite family responsibilities, [...]

    22. Great book about the emotional toll of loving someone who climbs and who loves the mountains from the forewordI went beyond the usual inquiry of why people climb, to ask why anyone would choose to love a person who repeatedly risks his or her life in the high mountains What are the costs, and the gains, of such a choice I also talked to the people who had no choice the parents and the children of climbers And through it all I found myself re examining my own history and the reasons I chose to sh [...]

    23. Coffey s interviews with climbers and their families are generally painful, but heartbreakingly honest I was fascinated by the drive of mountaineers and the loved ones who stay behind, whether at home or at base camp The roller coaster existence of this small population seems based on the need for climbers to be in the mountains when they are not, and to be home as soon as they are on the slopes Hats off to the individuals who have created a happy, if unorthodox, life with climbers.

    24. Really glad that I picked this up, as it shows a perspective of climbing that other books understandably don t focus on the families of climbers and what they live through.It would have been nice to have seen than a token effort at examining some of the female climbers, though most of the book focuses very much on the families of male climbers.

    25. If you are ever thinking of doing high altitude mountain climbing or dating marrying someone who climbs, read this book first Although it can get hard to take with its stories of one mountaineering accident after another, it gives interesting insights into the psychology of the people who choose a sport with such a high risk of death.

    26. Great balance between the highs and lows of mountain climbing Definitely a sobering look at the sport Gives balance to the other extreme sports books that make climbers out to be heroes Really gives a great glimpse into what happens when they don t come home I especially enjoying the comparison of mountain climbers to soldiers and how their families felt.

    27. Reads like a college paper It s mostly made up of quotes from other, better books.One thing I did learn the term runner s high refers to the feeling you get AFTER vigorous exercise The post run dopamine release is addictive

    28. Very depressing And I can t comprehend the need to sacrifice so much to climb a mountain At some point I feel like every person should be able to look at their life and realize there are important things But apparently mountaineers can t It is their addiction.

    29. Originally I didn t think I d enjoy this book as much, but soon after I began, I couldn t put it down It tells the story from the home front of alpinists and professional climbers Many parallels can be drawn to military families and deployments.

    30. The stories are what make it worthwhile to read theyre fascinating I don t think that Coffey is a particularly talented author, but her book is well worth the read Tells the other side of the story of mountaineering exploits.

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