In early 2003, a young Wall Street investment banker named Bo Parfet set out to accomplish something very few had done before - climbing the highest mountain on every continent. He was not a professional climber, but what began as a casual interest would soon become a lifelong passion and in just over four years, Bo would overcome the odds and conquer all of the mountains - Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, Denali, Vinson Massif, Elbrus, Carstenz Pyramid, Kosciusko, and Everest - with courage, unbridled passion, and determination.
Combining the gripping narrative of Into Thin Air with the adrenaline-fueled drama of Vertical Limit, Die Trying is the incredible story of one man's battle against his own limitations. From dodging avalanches to crossing a ladder over a seemingly bottomless crevasse, to making his way through the Khumbu Icefall and burying a dead teammate at 27,000 feet, we experience all of the author's exhilarating, often terrifying climbs first-hand. We travel with him during his near-death experiences when falling into a crevasse in New Zealand and nearly-drowning in crocodile-infested rapids during a canoe race in Belize. And we share the terror of his confrontations with corrupt army officials, cannibalistic tribesmen, and local militia groups. Harrowing and uplifting, Die Trying is a riveting memoir that will inspire all of us to defy the odds and fulfill our dreams.
Story lacks real emotions. Such an epic story deserves revealing deeper meaning. Being a climber and guide, there is so much deep meaning and discovery in challenges such as this.
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Where does Die Trying rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
It's one of the ones I can listen to over and over
What did you like best about this story?
The fact that it's more humorous than other mountain books. I know one reviewer mentioned that it lacked deeper meaning, and I suppose it does. Then again, most other mountain books are rather serious, and this is refreshing. It's slightly more along the lines of a travel book than pure mountaineering book, and I really enjoyed it. The narrator is good, too.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
The Indonesian bit, when he struggles to even get to the mountain he's trying to climb.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
There were many moments that made me laugh.
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Any additional comments?
This is a really interesting, engaging book. We listened to it on a long journey and were totally inspired by Bo's attitude and achievements. The stories are interesting and written in a frank and funny way. The narration is good and well-paced. I would definitely recommend this book to anybody with a love of the mountains, travel-writing and stories of an ordinary guy going on an extraordinary adventure!
I found this book fairly interesting but wouldn't put it in the greats of mountaineering literature.
started off slow ish but picked up speed very quick and had me hooked. great story. great tales of adventure. well recommended
great take on mountaineering stories. bo has a great sense of humour that carries well in this book.