Concise telling of an early achievement by two young mountaineers in the high wild ranges of the Yukon Somewhat frustratingly sketchy in parts Based mainly on late in life interviews with the two men who had significant mountaineering careers and the entries of one climber s diary both interviews and entries were blithe and breezy I could sense some of the author s frustration in not being able to flesh out the story But the description of the surroundings and stages of the expedition are effective.
It could have ended differently But it did not They could have been included in the list of explorers who did not survive their bodies never found But they were not Thus, we can share the audacity in exploring unknown territory, revel in setting up a camp on Shangri la, despair in delays, detours and unrecovering food stashes celebrate in reaching the summit and overcoming the odds.
There is some technical terminology used But that is what google is for.
Knowing Washburn, Bates, and Roberts, and living in Alaska for nearly 30 years, this book had a special meaning for me It s a wonderful adventure story, of personal relationships from memories over 70 years old.
Roberts is a great writer and this is a great tale I suppose most great adventure books put the protagonists in mortal danger It would be fairly boring if there was not danger than you would experience reading the book in your living room or during your commute.
Bob reeves an alaskan bush pilot wants to do the impsosible to climb the terrifing MT lucania many have tried all have failed bob has some minor mental issues many think that he went up there with no exprence so he gathere a team and went did they do it you will have to find out
A good introduction to Roberts thorough but interesting journalistic style.