Addicted to Danger: A Memoir

Addicted to Danger A Memoir Adventurist Jim Wickwire an eyewitness to glory and terror above feet has braved bitter cold blinding storms and avalanches to become what the Los Angeles Times calls one of America s most

  • Title: Addicted to Danger: A Memoir
  • Author: Jim Wickwire Dorothy Bullitt
  • ISBN: 9780671019914
  • Page: 138
  • Format: Paperback
  • Adventurist Jim Wickwire, an eyewitness to glory and terror above 20,000 feet, has braved bitter cold, blinding storms, and avalanches to become what the Los Angeles Times calls one of America s most extraordinary and accomplished high altitude mountaineers Although his incredible exploits have inspired a feature on 60 Minutes and a full length film, he hasn t told hisAdventurist Jim Wickwire, an eyewitness to glory and terror above 20,000 feet, has braved bitter cold, blinding storms, and avalanches to become what the Los Angeles Times calls one of America s most extraordinary and accomplished high altitude mountaineers Although his incredible exploits have inspired a feature on 60 Minutes and a full length film, he hasn t told his remarkable story in his own words until now Among the world s most fearless climbers, Jim Wickwire has traveled the globe in search of fresh challenges He was one of the first two Americans to reach the summit of K2, the world s second highest peak, the toughest and most dangerous to climb But with the triumphs came tragedies that haunt him still During several difficult climbs, he was forced to look on helplessly as four of his climbing companions lost their lives A successful Seattle attorney, Wickwire climbed his first mountain in 1960 Deeply compelled by the thrill of risk, he pushed himself to the limits of physical and mental endurance for thirty five years, before facing a turning point that threatened his faith in himself and his hope in the future How he reassessed his priorities and rededicated his life to his family and his community completes a unique and moving portrait of one man s courage and commitment Addicted To Danger is a tale of adventure in its truest sense.

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    1. Meh, it was okay. The writing was nothing spectacular and the descriptions of the climbs were only interesting insofar as they added another viewpoint to other more eloquent portrayals. There was also this rather uncomfortable thread that I'm not sure should have been included in the memoir. Throughout the book, Wickwire writes about loving his wife and his regret for constantly leaving her for the mountains, but we readers don't see evidence of this love, since nowhere does he depict her as any [...]

    2. I read this book in one sitting. And thought the whole time I didn't like it. But I realized I didn't like Jim Wickwire. I am familiar with some of the other climbers he writes of, and continue to find this addiction to danger fascinating which may have enhanced my overall satisfaction with the content. However, I would like to see more perspective from the family members. And I wonder, if Wickwire reveals he is this much of a jerk in his own memoir that is seemingly guarded at points, what is h [...]

    3. I was propelled by the excitement of the first half of the book into the funk of the second. Unable to stop reading a book that far completed I drug my ass through to the finish. While having it's suspense, it's tragedy and it's triumphs the book wasn't very well written and at times failed to spur my imagination. Conclusion, Wickwire climbs mountains much better than he writes about climbing mountains.

    4. Jim Wickwire writes that the title of his memoir, Addicted to Danger, came to him as he recalled his repeated promises to stop climbing and his inability to follow through, despite small children at home and the deaths of several companions. He admits that he climbed not only for the solitude, beauty and physical exertion, but also because "of an attraction to danger." Wickwire's book provides ample proof of the truth of those words. Was he addicted to danger? Judge for yourself.In 1971, Jim Wic [...]

    5. About Jim Wickwire's life and mountain climbing career, this autobiography takes you though the many years and many climbs that defined his life. At points, a friend reminded me that he is of a different generation -- his early views of marriage were jarring, at the least. But this book got better with each page, as Wickwire grew and changed with each mountain expedition. Like other mountain climbing books I've read, I'm again shocked by the risks and tragedies that occur. How could anyone in th [...]

    6. Some of the most gruesome accident detail I've read in any climber bios, this book really makes you question the sanity of mountaineers. It's gripping, for sure, although the author is a completely selfish man in a way that many of us are probably both disgusted by and envious of. The main drawback is that writing style is your basic sports writing; simplistic and with a lot of faux-modesty and passages like "After the tradgedy on Mt McKinley, I vowed to climb Everest in his memory" or whatever. [...]

    7. rereading this one. it's amazing what this man has been through yet he can't stay away from the mountainster reading this book, i'm glad i'm not addicted to danger.a great read if you're interested in trying to figure out what drives people to do high elevation climbing. through out the book he is asking himself this question with every climb he attempts. i loved it, and even though at times i wanted to reach into the book and strangle hime first american to climb k2 deserves some props.

    8. This book details two good climbing adventures. The rest are repetitous recounts of hanging out in base camps, who he likes and who bugs him. I was shocked at the disregard the author shows for his wife and children. He seems more addicted to himself than anything else. I came to the conclusion his wife preferred him to be gone for months at a time on his adventures, as a guy with this level of narcissism had to be hard to have around.

    9. Good mountaineering literature must be able to present selfish and vainglorious behavior as heroism. Since Wickwire does not know how to do this, he comes off as a self-centered jerk.

    10. I found this book very interesting. Unlike most books written by climbers, this was written after a life of climbing in order to explore the author’s strengths and weaknesses and choices. I have read a lot of books on climbing, and Wickwire discusses aspects that I have never seen addressed before. The quote at the beginning of the book is attributed to Euripides: “A man who has been in danger, when he comes out of it forgets his fears, and sometimes forgets his promises.” I see why he beg [...]

    11. This was the first climbing / mountaineering book I've ever read. I enjoyed it thoroughly, but those considering reading it should be forewarned that Jim Wickwire did more than his fair share of very challenging and dangerous climbs, and though he lives to write about it, too many of his companions did not have the same fate.As I read this, I started thinking about life slightly differently. I still don't know much about climbing and mountaineering, but it is clear that almost no ascent succeeds [...]

    12. I really enjoyed reading this book. It definitely isn't for everyone. Some say it is too reflected; however, I enjoyed both the climbing stories and the reflection. You get a glimpse of what mountain climbers are like and what is required, besides technical skill, to achieve such accomplishments. It seems the degree to which Jim had control over his mind largely effected the success of his climbing. I was interested by how religiously he wrote in his diary. It seemed common among climbers to kee [...]

    13. Sometimes frightening in its detail, particularly of the accidents that he encountered and was involved in, Jim Wickwire's story of his mountaineering experiences is gripping and difficult to put down. It does taper away towards the end when he is retiring from, dare I call it, the sport but is still entertaining. Amongst his many achievements, he reached the summit of K2 but, despite several attempts failed to make the summit of Everest, much to his eternal regret. While all this was going on h [...]

    14. Well written, an easy read, but almost every chapter had a sad moment. It is amazing what people go through intentionally, and the losses experienced by them even when engaged in an activity they love. Climbing has always fascinated me, especially the danger climbers put themselves in, and to read how easy it is to lose your life if one false move is made. You can feel connected to Jim while reading this book, it is a great account of an interesting life, and the stories of each climb are intrig [...]

    15. This book is disturbing to read but worthwhile. In his many years of mountain climbing, Wickwire has seen quite a number of his companions fall to their deaths (not his fault, it's a dangerous sport).Often after a tragedy, he decides to quit climbing, but that decision fades once he's back home and his desire to climb returns.He is self-aware of his emotions and his addiction. The attraction of climbing seems not to be the immediate thrill (unlike skydiving) but rather providing a sense of purpo [...]

    16. I like almost any mountaineering book. However, this was kind of a weird memoir for a number of reasons. Being a lawyer, he comes off as always arguing his case. I guess everyone does that to some degree, but Wickwire seems kind of clueless and almost inappropriate. The number of people who have died climbing as his partner also seems to say something about how much he was focused on his objectives when in the mountains.

    17. Mais um relato sobre homens e montanhas, e como não poderia deixar de ser, real e cruel.Interessante perceber que embora o autor soubesse dos perigos de sua atividade e testemunhasse alguns acidentes terríveis, muitos que levavam à morte de alguns de seus melhores amigos, não conseguia diminuir a atração que as montanhas tinham sobre ele, sempre planejando a próxima expedição, almejando o pico mais difícil, mais alto

    18. I really enjoy well-written books about mountaineering, and this book is one of the better ones out there. Wickwire presents stories of his climbs of some of the tallest peaks on earth, and stories of the friends he lost while doing so. He explores the conflict between climbing and being there for his family; for most of his life, mountain climbing beat out his family. A good read if you are a fan of books about mountain climbing.

    19. This book was interesting.if you can get past the self-involved narcissism of the author. Seldom have I disliked an author more than Wickwire. He has no regard for his own family (Despite his protestations otherwise), and seemed to be a burden on his climbing partners (despite his self-proclaimed expertise).

    20. Easily readable book about one guy's mountaineering obsession. Unfortunately he is not a very likable person for most of the book. The mountaineering stuff is interesting and there are pictures throughout, which is nice. The writing leaves quite a bit to be desired, but I guess that's to be expected. Overall, just ok.

    21. Great drama, everything you would expect and more in a mountain climbing book! Jim Wickwire continued to climb throughout his livetime, even as he personally witnessed many die in the mountains. Father of five children he missed many family holidays and special occasions because he was gone on expeditions, but he was truely addicted to the dangers of the high mountains.

    22. Amazing! I loved Jim's journal entries, his vivid language when describing his ordeals on the mountains, and all of the pictures of his adventures. I made me want to try mountain climbing, although maybe not to the extent that he did! :)

    23. This is a good book with a story that at times is difficult to read but very interesting. What keeps it from being a great book is the up front arrogance that the author seems to express at every turn. Still worth the read but are aware.

    24. I read this a long time ago, but absolutely loved it. It is pretty tragic, but by far my favorite mountaineering book. LOVED IT! Even if you are not interested in mountaineering this book will still be very intriguing.

    25. I found this book riveting from start to finish. WIthin the first 10 pages you get the feeling the ground has fallen out from under your feet and your stomach is in your throat. An amazing and exciting inside perspective on what drives mountaineers.

    26. I picked this up in a used book store on a whim expecting to flip through it but read it cover to cover and very much enjoyed it.

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