He made the risky choice to push toward the summit. Perhaps in that he had no choice. Ed Viesturs no doubt would have made a different choice.
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But Scott Fischer had a different outlook on life. His was indeed a "life lived on high," tinged with "madness" and lived exuberantly, but with awareness and acceptance of the consequences. Friends would say that Scott Fischer lived more in his 40 years that most people live in 80, and that is doubtless true. He paid a high price for his decisions, but lived the life he wanted to live.
Mountain Madness is the story of that life, and an invitation to us all to have the courage to live the lives we want to live, and to live them remembering that no one is guaranteed tomorrow. View 2 comments. Apr 16, Jennifer Pritzker rated it it was amazing. Incredible tribute to an amazing climber, mentor, father, and most important Scott Fischer was so much more than the '96 Everest Disaster only one of 21 chapters is dedicated to that experience , and I already cannot wait to reread this! Super Inspiring!! Aug 03, Katia rated it it was amazing.
Steve Fischer was a mountaineer, the owner of Mountain Madness, a husband and a father, and a Bruce: He was on Everest when a storm struck, The season when Into thin air , by Jon Krakauer, happened One of his many friends tells us about him. May 12, Beate. Comm rated it it was amazing. For many Scott Fischer is a symbol of hubris.
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In this book he is described as a person taking very good care of his fellow climbers and being a very responsible guide. It is a book everyone should read who liked the Krakauer book "Into thin air". Krakauers point of view seems to be very narrowminded. Feb 11, Lisa Miller Mintz rated it liked it. Slow read. May 25, Rasoul Emadi rated it liked it. Aug 09, Fridhaaaaaa rated it it was amazing. It deserves 5 stars because it is one of the sweetest and truer statement to friendship ever.
Jan 10, Amar Pai rated it really liked it. This account of Scott Fischer's joyful, short, selfish, compelling life really gets at the fascinating dilemma of mountain climbers who have children. Part of me thinks "why would you have kids? Not everybody has to have kids But, how do you decide who should and shouldn't have kids? And how can you tell someone to deny their soul? Mountain climbers know they're crazy but they're a This account of Scott Fischer's joyful, short, selfish, compelling life really gets at the fascinating dilemma of mountain climbers who have children.
Mountain climbers know they're crazy but they're also the happiest having type 2 fun, type 3 fun. There's a reason there's so much mountaineering literature. There's just something basically interesting about self reliance, struggle for survival and obeying the instinct to go to the top.
The National Outdoor Leadership School sounds really interesting, too. I'm definitely going to check out 30 Days to Survival , the movie that drew Fischer and many others to NOLS and launched them into their outdoor lives. Final note: I though it was funny that Fischer marries a woman with last name Price, and then throughout the book Birbky refers to them as the "Fischer-Price" household. Was he laughing as he wrote this? Jun 17, John rated it really liked it. Maybe Birkby, as a close friend, just found it too painful.
I will leave it at that. Jun 01, Jennifer rated it really liked it Shelves: travel. I love mountaineering stories, and the biography of Scott Fischer was no different. The story gave more detail to Scott's life rather than his death, which is chronicled in Krakauer's Into Thin Air. Scott lived his life with an energy that most people can't even imagine in thier dreams.
As evident by the 2 memorial services attended by roughly people, Scott touched many lives in his short 40 years. Dec 06, Sam Page rated it really liked it. I thought this was a fascinating biography of a larger-than-life individual.
Though he apparently had a big personality, when I had the good fortune of hanging out with him for a few days in the Himalayas in , I found him to be unassuming and even quiet. Perhaps he was just tired from his recent ascent of Ama Dablam.
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Feb 16, Jerry rated it it was amazing. Does a great job of illustrating the thought process and obsession with mountain climbing. Birkby gives background info from personal interaction with Scott Fisher. I pray that his family is doing well today in spite of their loss. Jan 10, Rohan Panse rated it really liked it.
Mountains are forever, footsteps of a mountaineer are visible only for little time. Nov 29, Kate rated it it was amazing. The story of Scott Fischer, well-told. Birkby was a friend, who wanted to portray him beyond his infamy generated by the events of Mt. Everest, An amazing man. Mar 31, Bobbi rated it it was amazing. I loved this biography of Scott Fisher. I cried because I knew that when the end of the book would come, that Scott had to die. It is a wonderful tribute to an amazing mountaineer. Mar 03, John rated it it was amazing.
I read several books on the Everest disaster. This was by far the best, though not specifically about just that. Mar 12, Susie Rangel rated it really liked it Shelves: nonfic. Awe inspiring story of an inspiring man! Apr 05, Steve rated it really liked it.
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