Die Trying: One Man's Quest to Conquer the Seven Summits by Bo Parfet, Richard Buskin

By Bo Parfet, Richard Buskin

In early 2003, a tender Wall highway funding banker named Bo Parfet got down to accomplish anything only a few had performed before--climbing the top mountain on each continent. He used to be now not a qualified climber, yet what started as an informal curiosity may quickly develop into a lifelong ardour and in precisely over 4 years, Bo may conquer the chances and overcome the entire mountains--Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, Denali, Vinson Massif, Elbrus, Carstenz Pyramid, Kosciusko, and Everest--with braveness, unbridled ardour, and resolution.

Combining the gripping narrative of "Into skinny Air" with the adrenaline-fueled drama of "Vertical Limit," "Die Trying" is the very good tale of 1 man's conflict opposed to his personal barriers. From dodging avalanches to crossing a ladder over a possible bottomless crevasse, to creating his means in the course of the Khumbu Icefall and burying a lifeless teammate at 27, 000 ft, we event all the author's exhilarating, usually terrifying climbs first-hand. We go back and forth with him in the course of his near-death reports while falling right into a crevasse in New Zealand and nearly-drowning in crocodile-infested rapids in the course of a canoe race in Belize. And we percentage the fear of his confrontations with corrupt military officers, cannibalistic tribesmen, and native armed forces teams. Harrowing and uplifting, "Die Trying" is a riveting memoir that might encourage we all to defy the percentages and satisfy our desires.

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When I saw it fall into the water, I dived in, pulled it out, and gave it CPR. The dream was vivid, and I had it at least three times before I concluded that the baby was my younger sister, Emily, whom I’d twice saved from drowning—once in a pool, another time in the Atlantic Ocean—when we were kids. Only later, at the top of the mountain, did I realize that it was really about me. I was the one who for many years had felt helpless and needed saving, and now I was pulling myself out of the water, opening my eyes, and seeing the world in a different light.

Given the bug-infested locales in which many climbs take place, poop talk is a common means of helping the participants to bond. And in this case, as my stools gradually increased in firmness, so did the morale of our team. However, just getting through that whole affair was agonizing. I don’t even remember what the ground looked like or anything else that went on around me. It was pure torture. On and on we hiked, until finally the sun began to rise. It was a wonderful thing. As a warm glow enveloped the mountain, I looked to my left and saw an absolutely huge, monolithic slab of ice that resembled a long white tongue slithering near the summit: the ancient Furtwängler Glacier that, because of global warming, as well as an ongoing chemical process of sublimation, is rapidly vaporizing into the atmosphere.

Nevertheless, while agriculture accounts for the bulk of its exports and employment, the country has struggled economically in the face of droughts, as well as a topography that limits cultivated crops to only 4 percent of the overall land area. The rest of the country includes Kilimanjaro in the northeast, the wildlife-rich Serengeti Plain in the northwest, and numerous other national parks and preserves. 28 D I E T RY I N G Accordingly, with a free day before the climb and no desire to spend more time than necessary bonding with the mosquitoes in my crappy little hotel room, I went on a short safari around the Tarangire National Park, close to the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater—the world’s largest unbroken, unflooded volcanic caldera—and was just knocked out to see all of the free-roaming wildebeest, rhinos, buffalos, elephants, lions, leopards, impalas, gazelles, zebras, and giraffes.

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