Highest and Hardest: A Mountain Climber’s Lifetime Odyssey to the Top of the World: Kopczynski, Chris
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Highest and Hardest: A Mountain Climber’s Lifetime Odyssey to the Top of the World

Author(s): Kopczynski, Chris

Copyright: 2022, US
Specifications: 1st, 8vo, pp.xi, 357, frontis, 71 bw photos, pictorial cloth
Condition: signed, issued w/o dj, cloth new

At the age of 16 Kopczynski carved into his ice axe handle: Everest/Eiger”, setting his pathway to climb the mountains known as the “highest and the hardest.” He accomplished his goal at the age of 33, becoming the ninth American to summit Everest, and the first American to summit both the North Face of the Eiger and Everest. With the climbing addiction in his blood, he set new goals and became the twelfth person in the world to climb the highest peaks on seven continents.

Chris’ book relies heavily on his copious diaries and world-class photography. This is a long prose-poem of perseverance and survival, an odyssey for the armchair adventurer chronicling what it takes to achieve your dreams and stand on the summit of some of this planet's greatest peaks.

Kopczynski has climbed with John Roskelley for over 55 years. From their early days bouldering around Spokane, tackling the vertical and technical big walls of the Pacific Northwest to more challenging peaks around the world, they grew to become all-around mountaineers. Kopczynski recounts climbs, attempts, and summits of every continent’s highest, hardest, and most significant mountains. He gives readers stories of perseverance and survival as he pursued his dreams on the Matterhorn, Eiger, Robson, Pamirs, Eiger, Denali, Makalu, Everest, Vinson, Aconcagua, Elbrus, Kosciuszko, Kiliminjaro, and Carstenz Pyramid. Roskelley calls Chris the most underrated American mountaineer. With the publication of Chris’s life story, the climbing world can recognize and applaud the accomplishments of this premier world climber.

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