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am 29. Juli 2000
This is a terrific book which draws you into David Breashears' world. You follow his development from young rock climber to world class mountaineer and filmmaker. You also see his development as a person, all while drawing you into that exclusive club of mountaineers. He makes you feel his passion for the mountains he so loves. You learn how he combined that passion with the art of cinematography, making him an award winning filmmaker.
You live through the 1996 tragedy on Everest with him, and feel the compassion that he has for those who died on the mountain under such tragic circumstances. The narrative is always compelling and informative, making the book a hard one to put down. His compassion and sensitivity towards those who did not fare well on the ill-fated 1996 Everest climb is palpable, and for his assistance to those who needed it, even though it put him and his expedition in jeopardy, he is truly an unsung hero. This is, without a doubt, a man who leads by example.
David Breashears writes beautifully of his experiences and his book is a must read for all climbing enthusiasts, as well as for those simply interested in the human condition. This is a book that is simply too good to pass up.
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am 20. Juni 2000
Having read almost every book in print regarding Everest mountaineering in the 1990's, and many accounts of Himalayan and "Seven Summits" climbin in general, I consider this work one of the best. Breashears' experiences in the mountains are vividly recounted, including his participation in the 1994 tragedy on Everest. This account differs from those of other authors (like Jon Krakauer's solo work "Into Thin Air" and Anatoly Boukreev's "The Climb") most notably in being authored by an individual both "one step removed" from the tragedy itself, in the sense that Breashears was not himself in the eye of the storm, who nonetheless acted heroically in the face of developing need. Breashears is able to provide a "third-party" account which is telling without being judgmental; I highly recommend this book for anyone who has read other accounts of the '94 disaster.
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am 25. April 1999
Mt. Everest is a passion and a curse, this is the essence of "High Exposure." While spending time developing his childhood, the author eventually gets into the best part of the book; Why climbers climb mountains? The consuming passion for climbing is elequently told by a man who has given us the IMAX images of the world's tallest mountain. His time on the mountain and in climbing recounts the good and the tears of mounteering. Mr. Breashears takes the reader on each climb as if we are taking each step and deciding on every movie shot. The time, talent and sheer guts of filming on Everest is totally facinating. If you have read "Into Thin Air," this selection is A MUST READ. I've been able to see the IMAX film "EVEREST" twice. After reading this book I wish I could go see it again, now with a deeper appreciation.
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am 5. Mai 2000
As one of the few superlative places on earth (the world's highest mountain) Everest has always attracted personality types whose chief characteristic has been an excess of hubris couple with a vast underestimation of what it takes to stay alive on the mountain's flanks. And who can blame them? When even socialites can be dragged up by hired guns and down again, who is to say that anyone can't conquer this symbol of the ultimate? David Breashears is one who can say, and say it he does, in this fascinating autobiography of the life of one born to climb. The book recounts his adolescence as a '70s climbing hippy bouncing from one temporary job to another, each undertaken not to build a career, but to generate the small amount of cash necessary to buy climbing gear and sustain himself in order to make the next few climbs. The account of being a oilfield roughneck paints a chilling picture of an entire community of violent men on the fringes of sanity, portrayed with the literary skill of George Orwell's "Down and Out in Paris & London." Unlike the recent burst of books by amateur climbers (including this writer) who try to climb "The Hill" more as tourists sheltered by the likes of Breashears, David's account is not one of a dysfunction personalities hoping to be cured by dreamed conquests. Rather, his climbing life has been more like an artist compelled to experiment with paints, and with each canvas, daring to use more brilliant color and broader more vigorous strokes. Soon the canvases of his youth are found to be too confining, and he reaches out to make his mark on the largest around. Next thing you know, he's climbed to the summit of Everest four times. Reading about Breashear's life allows one to see through the mantel of macho invincibility in which so many Everest mavens enjoy wrapping themselves. And realize that while there are many wrong reasons to repeatedly tackle extreme Himalayan peaks, David Breashears is one of the few who do so for the right reasons.
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am 27. Mai 1999
Breashears undiluted energy and uncompromising drive move the adventurers' mid-career autobiography along at a page-turning clip. His tone is no-nonsense and his zest for life daunting, yet throughout this memoir Breashears' tales reveal a spiritual quest and an inner journey inspired by the majesty of mountains and the viewfinder of a camera. The book is honest and real, and simply-stated. Rarely recounting pensive moments, as if downtime was impenatrable, the author discovers that for him the greatest clarity comes at the perilous edges of life. His personal and professional lives cross invisible barriers and become one. A 'skinny' kid with a penchant for high and lonely places finds a soulmate in the camera. Pulling into focus vast exteriors and the very depths of solitude, Breashears works his 'tools' (human and technological) to their extreme capacity. His own telling of the 1996 Everest tragedy seems as undistorted as any we've read, yet one detects again and again a crack in his voice where the senselessness of mans hubris confounds him and sends him hurdling back to a painful childhood and an incomprehensibly brutal father. A fiction writer would have a literary feast with the analogies from such a contemplative distance, but how much more profound the curious circumstances of life become when one continually faces them head on, in the awesome manner that Breashears does. "High Exposure" is a steady and electrifying read for the armchair adventurer, and a thought provoking and venerable one for those of heartier inclinations.
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am 30. April 1999
After reading Jon Krakauer's book 'Into Thin Air', like millions I became fasinated with the world of mountaining, and more importantly, the people which derive their passion from climbing. High Exposure looks deeply into this unique and private world. It doesn't just explore the disasters, in particular Everest - May 1996, but more importantly, allows the reader to feel the intense drive of the challenge in climbing and the excitement of the locations as told by someone who has experienced seemingly every aspect of the sport and built an incredeble career around it. Reading Breashear's words made me feel like I was on those mountains with him and his teams. You can feel his thrill of the challanges both personally and professionaly, his sense of loss from the tragegies experienced at Everest and else where, and his soul searching to find the path he needs to follow into his future. That his book ended after only 300 pages was the only disapointment. I wanted to stay on this climb for another 300 pages. BRAVO!
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am 28. Januar 2000
David Breashears has been to Mount Everest eleven times. That's more times than I have visited our local SuperMegaMall. But yet from reading High Exposure, each trip to the Himalayas was far from routine. They all tested the limits of human endurance and perseverence. His eloquence in recounting his life reveals a man of character and discipline, but also a man who has regrets and self doubts. I particularly appreciated his recounting of his early years. Breashears lived in geographic proximity to me (he is an alumnus of my high school), but existed in a vastly different world, the "vertical world". Climbing and bouldering in Eldorado Springs and Boulder Canyon as well as roughnecking in Wyoming were all important in his development into the climber, cinematographer and expedition leader that he became. In High Exposure, David Breashears stands proudly among the growing number of men who have attempted to portray to we laymen the bizarre lifestyle of mountain climbers.
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am 24. August 1999
In my opinion, there are three main genres of mountain books: Those that compile stories of expeditions and summits, like Mike Groom's book. Those that are an emotional tale of a man's life with mountain stories in between, like Jim Wickwire's. And those that have an outstanding mix of the two, like Jon Krakauer's.
Like Jon Krakauer's, I feel Mr. Breashears' book was an attempt to be a mix of the two. Mr. Breashears' book did an outstanding job at writing about expeditions and summits. However, when it came to the emotional side, he was a little off target. This was evident in the stories about his father and "perfect" wife. I wanted some closure on these story lines but didn't get any.
This does not mean I don't recommend the book highly. It was very well written, considering it was Mr. Breashears' first book and I am extremely happy to have read it. He's lead an exciting, and amazing life and having insight into it was a privilege.
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am 17. Mai 1999
From my comfortable perch above the rolling thunder of the ocean, warm breeze blowing across my body, I read David Breashears' tale of climbing the 4,000 ft. frozen vertical face of Kwangde, and how he hangs a hammock there to sleep in when it is too dark to climb.
David Breashears writes a cooly passionate description of a lifetime of challeges. One of the things that stands out is his ability to accept the lowest of the low and turn it into his own highest level of achievement. His humility, discipline, will power, endurance, and attention to detail make for not only a tale about mountaineering achievements, but a spiritual path as well. I would recommend this book to anyone who thinks they are on such a path.
David Breashears story inspires me to make my own life better, to strive for excellence in all I do. It challenges me to pursue my dreams, and maybe even try a bit of low altitude climbing. I'll start with the rocks along the jetty.
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am 13. Juli 1999
I found this autobiography of Breashears's exceptional and seemingly fearless life very compelling. However, I feel as if he was holding back somehow...although he digs into the psychological origins of his fascination with climbing, it seems as though some details are whitewashed or left out. What did he do with all those years unaccounted for? Were there jobs too mundane to be mentioned? And he describes his ex-wife as if she were a plaster saint. Noble, but seems unrealistic.
He touches on his apparent need to be alone a lot, and alludes to good friendships such as his mentor Mr. Bass, and yet his offhand comment about relief from Bass's excessive chatter seems telling.
It can't be argued his life is an amazing string of adventures. Their description alone makes the book worth it. But with more everyday details and self-examination, I feel this book could have been taken to another level, if you'll pardon the pun.
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