Seven Summits


Seven Summits
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Seven Summits
Manufacturer Dick Bass & Frank Wells with Rick Ridgeway
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Page Type Jan 14, 2010 / Jan 14, 2010
Object ID 6772
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Product Details

Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (November 1, 1988)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0446385166
ISBN-13: 978-0446385169 Editorial Review

Dick Bass was a successful entrepreneur. Frank Wells was a Hollywood studio president. Together they set out to accomplish what no one else ever had: climbing the highest mountain on each of the seven continents. The fact that both men had so little climbing experience turned out to be their greatest strength: since they had no idea what they were in for, they never considered their task out of reach.

Rick Ridgeway, an accomplished climber in his own right, chronicles their journey, allowing readers to decide if these adventures are the result of midlife crisis or simply about men pursuing a dream with unshakeable resolve. Whatever the case, Ridgeway's fast-paced adventure provides gripping descriptions of the world's tallest peaks. We see the logistical nightmares of Antarctica's Mt. Vinson, the unpredictable weather of McKinley, and the extreme altitude of Everest's 8,848 meters. Ridgeway continues up Aconcagua, Elbrus, Kilimanjaro, and Kosciusko with lively accounts that capture the day-to-day operations of expedition life, and more intriguingly, the growing bond between two driven men.

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alpinelight - May 14, 2010 11:39 am - Voted 5/5

A good read
I enjoyed reading this book. It is a well written tale of Dick and Frank's quest to be the first to climb the Seven Summits. Their determination makes up for their lack knowing what they set out to do. Inspirational read!

silversummit - Aug 14, 2010 3:20 pm - Voted 4/5

Different kind of book
When this book came out there were far fewer people trying to attain the 'seven summits' so it was more of a novelty. I enjoyed reading this book but compared to most efforts and accounts of travel to the world's highest places it is very disjointed. Bass and Wells continue to live very active business lives which are detailed in the book which was interesting at times but also distracting to me.

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