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By Laurence Leamer

Willi Unsoeld, a legend between mountaineers--a guy whom invoice Moyers calls one of many few giants he has ever met--fearlessly challenged the world's maximum peaks and encouraged a new release of climbers along with his legacy.

Ascent is the tale of his life--a exciting story of actual and religious event that captures the hypnotic strength in the back of this impressive character. From his victorious conquest of Everest's forbidding West Ridge to the tragic lack of his daughter at the treacherous slopes of Nanda Devi to his ultimate, deadly try out at Mount Rainier, we see Willi as guru and consultant, lover of possibility and thinker of risk--a guy whose indomitable spirit brought on such devotion that individuals him fearlessly to impressive heights and, occasionally, even to their deaths. A dramatic saga of bravery, bold, and the hunt for non secular fact, Ascent brilliantly captures the mythic determine of Willi Unsoeld.

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Then it was time to visit my classroom. ” I thought that Willi would discuss the Peace Corps, or John F. Kennedy, or development. Instead, he launched into a talk about the Everest climb, a subject almost as strange to my students as baseball. ” Willi asked, hovering over my ninth-graders, who sat wearing white shirts, long pants, and bewildered looks that attested to my achievements as a language teacher. ” he asked again, this time speaking far more slowly. I stood beside Willi knowing that only the son of the town’s richest merchant would understand.

Bill was quiet and reserved. He was small for his age, with slicked-down red hair, freckles, blue eyes, and an earnest manner. He had a broad expressive face that telegraphed his emotions like a semaphore, a big mouth, and a tough muscular body that exuded health. Grace Scully, who boarded at the Unsoelds while in college, thought that Bill was about the laziest human being she had ever seen, lying on his back while his mother worked. What Bill was doing was reading the greatest mountain-climbing literature.

And all of a sudden it became a very extraordinary reality for us. And as I look at these people now and as we look at each other, I think that we all sense that. “And as I said I think that’s the ultimate lesson that we could have learned from Willi and it also completes the circle that we’ve all been talking and thinking about earlier. And just one last thing. I think that for all of us now as a group of people, there’s a lot of power. There’s a lot of strength that we feel. And that what we as a group are grappling with now, and what we’re struggling with now, and what we’re attempting to learn and deal with is how to share that strength with you people, the people around us.

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