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I found the story of Tomaz Humar intresting but the writing style was rahter poor This surprised me as I read Bernadette McDonald s Freedom Climbers a couple of years ago and thoroughly enoyed it I am impressed by the spirit of the mountaineers It is not my first book about extreme climbers and probably not the ast I still try to grasp what is their motivation to understand the feeling that these climbs in such extreme conditions give them I do not think there is much understanding just a fascination Amazingly all speak of finding themselves On The Mounting Their the mounting their strenght and also that you need to be aligned spiritually mentally and physicallyIndeed an interesting world to travel too The story of this egendary mountaineer is fascinating of course but I found the writing style to be uite mediocre Ever since a fellow climber casually mentioned I somewhat resemble Tomaz Humar in facial features I had been wanting to find out about this icon of high altitude mountaineering Online searches Silver Tower / Strike Force / Shadow Command led me to the excellent biography penned by now renowned Himalayan author Bernadette McDonald but waiting for it to be available at myocal ibrary was futile My patience finally ran out and I ordered the book from delving into it as soon as it up at my doorIt is a fast and compelling read alternating the inadeuate and ultimately harrowing events ed to Humar s being trapped on the Rupal Face of Nanga Parbat with the story of his Shadowbridge (Shadowbridge, life up to that point with everything well referenced in historical political and cultural contexts The unprecedented helicopter rescue itself was a spectacular success that provoked extended discussions worldwide on the kind of expectations it would set for future alpinists to take even greater risks knowing they could be potentially bailed out from what used to be impossible situationsHumar s reputation was that of someone who was willing to face inordinate dangers to climb difficult but elegantines which were and still are considered suicidal This ability to take incredible risks resulted in some spectacular successes but also opened him to criticism from the international climbing community especially when he enthusiastically agreed to share every stage of his adventures with the entire world via the internet In essence Humar turned his Academia de Rowan (A Tapeçaria later expeditions particularly the one to Nanga Parbat into a In August 2005 Tomaž Humar was trapped on a narrowedge at 19000 feet on the formidable Rupal face of Nanga Parbat He had been attempting a new route directly up the middle of the highest mountain face in the world solo After six days he was out of food almost out of fuel and freuently buried by avalanches Three helicopters were poised for a brief break in the weather to pluck him off the moun.

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But that you always stand up continue and ook forward into the future This was not the typical mountaineeringendurance I was expecting While I d heard of Tomaz before I really didn t know much about him I was surprised to hear that he came from Slovenia an area my mother s side of the family comes from The beginning of the book talks about his time growing up there the war in Kosovo the breaking up of the countries in that area taught me uite a bit I didn t know This part might not even register with someone not t know This part might not even register with someone not in the region but I Found It Was One Of My Favorite it was one of my favorite of the bookTomaz was a controversial climber He s most known for a climb of his where he became stranded in a snow cave had to be plucked off the mountain in a very dangerous high altitude helicopter rescue The rescue was controversial not only because of it pushing the imits of rescue the ethics of involving others to save him in a sport where doing it on your own is the expected but because he used media to cover his climbs in realtime both the internet satellite calls into base camp Tomaz did become a national hero to many but was also despised by manyThe story also details how Tomaz was hurt not while climbing mountains but while working on his house the story of his recovery As with Eat Run I could relate to this uite a bit Another major topic was the struggle Tomaz had between his family the mountainsOne thing I didn t Two Reels And A Crank like about the book was that it switched back forth between his time on the wall other Himalayan climbs With the plethora of Himalayan mountains out there their difficult names I found this confusing I have to imagine someone who doesn t have any familiarity with the area might struggleThe book was also written by the same author as Il Call You in Katmandu the Elizabeth Hawley Story one that I d started but not finished I Queens Gambit (The Tudor Trilogy, llikely go back to it nowOverall if you re into mountaineeringendurance stories it s certainly one you should read To be honest without access to my notes I can t remember that much detail of this book or the rescue which is frustrating but I did read it years ago along with ots of other similar books I gave it three stars so it must have been a ago along with ots of other similar books I gave it three stars so it must have been a read Just wish I could say about it Amazing biography amazing story about this extraordinary Slovenian alpinist Very inspiring I highly recommend it A page turner. Onscripted into a dirty war that he despised where he observed brutal and inhumane atrocities that disgusted him Finally he did the unthinkable he eft and finally arrived home in what had become a new country Slovenia He returned to climbing and within very few years he was among the best in the world Reinhold Messner among others called him the most remarkable mountain climber of his generatio. Lobal reality show with multiple episodes One positive was that the notoriety of the climber helped move the gears of international cooperation faster so that his rescue was achieved in the nick of time However it also opened him to sharp criticism from people both in Slovenia and around the #world on his decision to dilute the spirit of climbing by #on his decision to dilute the spirit of climbing by sharing it with the entire mass of humanity Prior to reading Humar I had not realized the protagonist was such a controversial figure in the climbing community which marveled at each one of his not realized the protagonist was such a controversial figure in the climbing community which marveled at each one of his accomplishments but also could not understand his modus operandiIn the end the overwhelming odds caught up with him and Humar perished on Langtang Lirung before another helicopter rescue effort could get him off the mountain only a year after the publication of this book The saddest part of his demise for me after finishing the book was that each close call got him closer to abandoning solo high altitude climbing but the pull of the mountain was too strong and ultimately Absalom, Absalom! lethal Neither saving his marriage seeing his children grow up or overcoming a debilitating injury succeeded in curbing his intent to play the game at the highestevelTomaz Humar was a brilliant star that shone brightly for a ittle while and was then extinguished by the indifference of the highest mountain ranges in the world Luckily there is still much we can earn about him and about ambition dedication and vision through McDonald s excellent biography at hand Odli na knjiga o Black Stone legendarnem pokojnem slovenskem alpinistu s predgovorom svetovno znanega alpinista Reinholda MessnerjaAvgusta 2005 je Toma Humar ujet prezebal vedeni On Liberty luknji 6300 metrov visoko v mogo ni Rupalski steni na Nanga Parbatu v Himalaji Sam je sku al po novi smeri preplezati najvi jo steno na svetu Po estih dneh mu je zmanjkalo hrane iz rpanega in premo enega do ko e so ga zasipavali sne eni plazovi Ljudem po vsej zemeljski obli je zastajal dih bo to najbolj spektakularen re evalni podvig v zgodovini alpinizma Ali pa bo gora zahtevala smrtni davek pred o mi vsega svetaNapeta ganljiva in navdu ujo a zgodba ooveku za katerega dobi ivljenje resni en smisel ele z bli ino smrti a very easy read about a man s passion for climbing Two weeks before finishing the book he died climbing In the book he said It isn t important how many times you fall. Tain Because of the audacity of the climb the fame of the climber the high risk associated with the rescue and the hourly reports posted on his base camp website the world was watching Would this be the most spectacular rescue in climbing history Or a tragic and very public death in the mountains Years before as communism was collapsing and the Balkans slid into chaos Humar was unceremoniously

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