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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 InSteve and alpinist Vince Anderson pioneered a direct new route on the Rupal Face of , foot Nanga Parbat, which had never before been climbed in alpine style It was the third ascent of the face and the achievement earned Steve and 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 listen, destined to be a mountain classic And it addresses many issues common to nonclimbing life mentorship, trust, failure success, goal setting, heroes, partnership as well as the mountaineer s heightened experience of risk and the deaths of friends Beyond the Mountain is a window into the process of a man working to be the best he can be


15 thoughts on “Beyond the Mountain (Audio Download): Amazon.co.uk: Steve House, Reinhold Messner - foreword, Steve House, Random House Audio: Audible Audiobooks

  1. Bryan Taylor Bryan Taylor says:

    A truly wonderful account of one man s journey in climbing Honest and unflinching Highly recommended for anyone interested in how far it s possible for a human being to push themselves.


  2. sadovidsporn.co Customer sadovidsporn.co Customer says:

    No doubting he s a great climber, with some extremely impressive and fast ascents on his CV, An interesting book, quite well written, but although I understand you probably have to be a bit of an egomaniac to climb at such extremes, I d rather he d left out some of the self aggrandising bulls Yes, we know you re a better climber than almost anyone else, but I don t want to be continually reminded of it.


  3. carlossecanet carlossecanet says:

    It s a good story about a whole life in the mountains.I liked its honestity explaining the good and bad feelings and thoughts.Though sometimes not easy to follow the sequence of happenings as they has been written.Recomended to anyone with any kind of interest for the mountains.


  4. sadovidsporn.co Customer sadovidsporn.co Customer says:

    Although I have been climbing for forty years, I knew very little about Steve House before reading this book It s one of the best mountaineering books I have read and will undoubtedly become a classic like Joe Tasker s Savage Arena Not only has Steve succeeded in his journey to become The best alpinist I could , he has also become an outstanding writer.


  5. sadovidsporn.co Customer sadovidsporn.co Customer says:

    A book about so much than just climbing Everyone should read this book, then read it again.


  6. D. Elliott D. Elliott says:

    Steve House lets nothing get in the way of his mountaineering, and he deserves his position as one of the foremost extreme alpinists in the world Readers of Beyond The Mountain will be awestruck by his commentaries on daring and difficult exploits with routes up demanding mountains in various parts of the globe Steve House recalls his amazing adventures and achievements in fearsome and formidable detail and there is no doubting his total commitment and eminent capabilities As a writer his narrative is episodic and he deliberately introduces sudden time shifts like recounting the descent before the ascent as on Nanga Parbat Occasionally his stories appear inadequate as with information withheld after a crevasse incident above Chamonix These aspects may be awkward for some readers though generally Steve House writes bluntly in a business like manner He clearly has strong feelings and without complete answers he hints at the motivation that has driven him to the apex of the extreme alpinist game, giving explanations on relationships and trust with partners as well as insights to solo epics Throughout his climbing career he has striven to be the best mountaineer he can be, and when confessing to inadequacies he does not downplay his courage and he does not belittle his accomplishments Always Steve House s accounts are pragmatic, but in telling it as it is his narrative seems stark and somewhat lacking in humour, and to me this suggests a degree of arrogance He professes to dislike a title bestowed on him as The great white hope but perhaps signs of self glorification and false modesty may be detected There are contradictions to Steve House s character shown by his criticism of the award of the Piolet d Or for a Russian expedition style ascent of Jannu, yet the next year he accepts the award albeit for a minimalist alpine style ascent of Nanga Parbat Other possible flaws peep through such as the superiority expressed over another climber on Cho Oyu or condescending exchanges with skiers after North Twin However there may be discrepancies between noble intent and what is actually written and what is written makes an excellent mountaineering book And what do I know Beyond The Mountain is already widely appreciated, having won the 2009 Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature.


  7. Jerome Ryan Jerome Ryan says:

    Winner of the 2009 Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature Nanga Parbat book ends Steve House s climbing career with his early attempt on Nanga Parbat in 1990, and his successful ascent in 2005 with Vince Anderson of a new route on the extremely difficult Nanga Parbat Rupal Face Central Pillar, done in five days plus two down, in alpine style, making them winners of the famous Piolet d Or that year.In between, Steve chronicles his climbs, including the unclimbed Denali Father and Son Wall in 1995, a new route solo on Denali Washburn Wall in 1996, the second ascent of the Barely Legal ice pillar in 1995, his harrowing escape from a crevasse on the Nant Blanc Glacier near Petit Dru in 1996, an attempt on the Emperor Face of Mount Robson in 1997, ascent of Howse Peak in 1999, attending Alex Lowe s funeral in October 1999, a 60 hour alpine push on the Denali Slovak Direct route in June 2000, a fast 25 hour ascent of the Mount Foraker Infinite Spur in 2001, an attempt on the Nuptse South Face in 2002, an attempt on Masherbrum and K7 in 2003, the third ascent of the Twin Tower in 2004, the second ascent of K7 in one single 42 hour push on his seventh attempt in 2004, a failed attempt on Nanga Parbat in 2004, and the North Face of Mount Alberta with Vince Anderson in 2008 There are 20 pages of colour photos, 60 pages of bw photos, and 3 maps.After climbing in Slovenia, House participated in his first attempt on Nanga Parbat on a Slovene expedition trying the Schell Route On July 31, 1990 Marija Frantar and Joze Rozman reached the summit via the Schell Route After a failed attempt in 2004, House was back with Vince Anderson to attempt a new route on the extremely difficult 4100m Rupal Face in 2005 House switches back in forth in time from the ascent to the dangerous descent to the ascent as he highlights the challenge and success.Steve House and Vince Anderson reached the summit of Nanga Parbat via the 4100m Rupal Face on September 6, 2005 Just before the top, I kneel in the snow, overwhelmed by emotion Years of physical and psychological journey to make myself strong enough, to discover whether I am brave enough all fold into this one moment It seems sacrilegious to step onto the summit frozen tears fall to the snow at my feet, becoming part of Nanga Parbat, as it became part of me so many years ago In that moment, I understand that on the outer edge of infinity lies nothingness, that in the instant I achieve my objective, and discover my true self, both are lost Steve and Vince became the first North Americans to win the Piolet d Or for the first rapid alpine style ascent of the Rupal Face of Nanga Parbat.House s writing is intelligent, honest, illuminating his progress as a climber and his innermost thoughts on the dangers of climbing The stories are short and to the point, keeping them taught and interesting The photos are very good and plentiful enough to help visualize the stories.


  8. Nicolaï Michel Nicolaï Michel says:

    I ve read dozens of mountaineering books, and this one stands with the best Steve House writes candidly about the crucial moments of his climbing career, the joys of success, and the sadness of losing many friends to the mountains The concise yet descriptive prose, combined with the excellent photos, vividly bring to life the increasingly risky endeavours undertaken by the author My only criticism is that events are organized out of chronological order within the chapters, which I thought interrupted the tension which could have been built as one reads about a climb not knowing the outcome Despite this minor flaw, I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to find out what it takes to climb at the highest level, and to those who enjoy good mountaineering literature.


  9. sadovidsporn.co Kunde sadovidsporn.co Kunde says:

    In diesem Buch wird die Entwicklung von Steve House von den ersten alpinen Erfahrungen bis hin zu seinen extremsten Besteigungen beschrieben Zum Teil sind die Beschreibungen sehr detailiert und emotional, sodass man richtig mitfiebern kann und die Gedanken bzw Entscheidungen in Extremsituationen nachvollziehen kann Weiter verstehe ich nun gut, warum er und wahrscheinlich auch viele andere Alpinisten immer wieder ans Limit gehen Er scheint ein sehr bescheidener Mensch zu sein, was ihn umso mehr von extrovertierten Alpinisten wie Reinhold Messner auf positive Weise abhebt F r mich bisher das beste Buch zum alpinen Bergsteigen.


  10. jorge t. jorge t. says:

    Great book Good condition.


  11. Anonymous Anonymous says:

    An absolutely amazing read


  12. Moritz Brack Moritz Brack says:

    A great insight in House s mind I enjoyed the read It s a little dark at times, which I like There is no posing and shiny summits I would recommend it.


  13. D. Morin D. Morin says:

    This book is awesome.Steve tells us about his past, his passion, his spirit with his style.I would not pay him for guiding since he s such a hater and and elite lover but his book is one of the good mountaineering books


  14. Craig Dorin Craig Dorin says:

    Excellent


  15. Jason Jin Guan Pheh Jason Jin Guan Pheh says:

    Can t reccommend the book strongly enough to anyone with an interest in alpinism While not a technical manual, it s definitely a worthwhile read