LIMITS OF THE KNOWN
In a book that is part memoir and part history, David Roberts looks back at his personal relationship to outdoor adventuring, as well as a broader global history of exploration, hoping to make sense of the ultimate question: why?
In the wake of his diagnosis with throat cancer, Roberts seeks the answer with sharp new urgency. He explores his own lifelong commitment to adventuring, as well as the cultural contributions of explorers throughout history: What did it mean in 1911 for Amundsen to reach the South Pole, or in 1953 for Hillary and Norgay to summit the highest point on earth? What is the future of adventure, if any, in a world we have mapped and trodden all the way to the most remote corners of the wilderness? Why do we do it? Why do we care? Does it matter? In this book Roberts answers these questions for himself.
Veteran mountain climber,David Robertsis the award-winning author ofAlone on the Ice,The Lost World of the Old Ones, andTrue Summit, and twenty-six other books about mountaineering, exploration, adventure, and Western history and anthropology. He is also the co-author of Alone on the Wall with Alex Honnold. He lives in Massachusetts.
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