Ever wonder how a novice 45 year old climber would prepare and scale Denali? Ever think about doing a similar mid-life mountaineering feat? Would you be happy just standing at the foot of the mountain or getting halfway up the mountain as you had told yourself you would over and over the six months before? Or would it take nothing less than reaching the top to get you to your goal?
David Brill shares his story in a down-to-earth, witty style that draws you in almost instantly. He’s not quite a beginner having climbed Rainier before but he doesn’t take any chances and repeats Rainier before setting off for Alaska. And interspersed with his preparation for Denali you learn about his 3 Ds: his divorce, his two daughters and his decision that the summit will not be the ultimate goal if it means never seeing his daughters grow up. He runs almost every day and hikes up a nearby mountain weekly wondering if all this will be enough; enough to get him up Denali and, if Denali will be enough.
The rest of the book offers an account of his guided expedition on Denali with all of the typical altitude worries, aches and pains and team problems. You will get to know his teammates and guides, the weather will chill you and you will probably laugh a few times but you feel right there with David as he struggles with great spirit to the top of Denali.
National Geographic Society