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The Escapist: Cheating Death on the World’s Highest Mountains

Author(s): Filippi, Gabriel

Copyright: 2016, Canada
Specifications: 1st, 8vo, pp.xiii, 364, 39 color & 6 bw photos, blue cloth
Condition: dj corners bumped from shipping, else dj & cloth new

Filippi, one of Canada’s foremost mountaineers, presents a gripping, heartfelt and inspiring memoir in which he shares a life spent in and out of the Death Zone and proves an old axiom true: no climber returns from a summit the same person as when he began his ascent.

The Escapist is an unflinching account of extreme feats and devastating loss that takes you to six continents as Filippi dissects what it takes to get to the top of the world, and what that quest takes out of you. In the course of 20 years spent scaling the world’s highest peaks, (Aconcagua 1995, Alpamayo & Huascaran (1996), Assiniboine & Bugaboos (1997), Nanga Parbat (1998), Everest (2000, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015), McKinley (2002), Kilimanjaro (2003), Mont Blanc (2003), Elbrus (2003), (Carstenz Pyramid (2006), Kosciusko (2006), Lobuche (2010, 2011, 2012), Mera Peak (2011), Cho Oyu (2011), Filippi has repeatedly cheated death. From a 2013 Taliban attack at a Nanga Parbat base camp that felled ten of his climbing companions to the deadly 2015 avalanche near Everest, Filippi has survived again and again.

A story about human perseverance and triumph in the pursuit of one man’s dreams, and helps to explain why some people will never give up on trying to climb to the top of the world.





















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