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Halfway to Heaven

My White-knuckled - and Knuckleheaded - Quest for the Rocky Mountain High

By Mark Obmascik

Halfway to Heaven
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  • Hardcover: May 2009,
    288 pages.
    Paperback: May 2010,
    288 pages.

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As one man exceeds the physical achievements of his youth, he discovers that age - like summit height - is just a number

Halfway to Heaven is a different kind of mountain climbing book. Unlike Into Thin Air or Touching the Void, which feature well-trained individuals obsessed with the sport, Halfway to Heaven relates the exploits of forty-four year old "everyman" and novice climber, Mark Obmascik. The result is an entertaining look at a challenging activity from a viewpoint to which many of us can relate. This is a book for the weekend warrior, for all of us who watch mountaineering movies from the safety of our couches, and for those who dream of attempting feats of athleticism - maybe tomorrow.

There will be inevitable comparisons between Halfway to Heaven and Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods, and for the most part, they're apt. Both feature middle-age men tackling nature in ways one wouldn't think possible for those in less than peak physical condition. Both authors also see ...

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