The Hill: A True Story of Tragedy, Recovery, and Redemption on North America's Highest Peak
On December 15, 1981, then 27 year-old Alaskan bush pilot Ed Hommer was piloting a small charter plane with three passengers when it crashed on Denali (“The Hill”). There ensued a dramatic fight for survival including weathering a fierce winter storm. After four harrowing nights on the mountain, Hommer and one other passenger were rescued by a local climbing team. The other two passengers perished.
Left without his lower legs, this is the story of Hommer’s spiral into despair and subsequent determination to come back at nearly full throttle. He relearned walking, cycling and mountain climbing on prosthetics, moving towards his ambition of summiting the mountain that almost killed him. In 1999, on his second attempt, he summited Denali and secured his redemption.
: 296 pages
: Ed Hommer with Daniel Paisner
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