The Roskelley Collection by John Roskelley
(Legends and Lore)

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The Roskelley Collection includes legendary climber John Roskelley's three acclaimed books, together for the first time in one volume and all written with opinion, self-reflective humor, and spellbinding adventure. Also included are three new essays about Roskelley's more recent climbs with his son: an ice climb (Slipstream) in Alberta, Canada and to the summit of Everest and as ascent of Sarmiento in Tierra del Fuego with Tim McCartney-Snape, Stephen Venables, Jim Wickwire and Charlie Porter
STORIES OFF THE WALL This is Roskelley's autobiography, told in a series of essays that includes accounts of attempts and ascents on the North Face of the Eiger, in the Russian Pamirs, in Yosemite, and in the Himalaya. It also features stories about his blue collar work in an eastern Washington mine and a hunting buddy who dies of cancer. Throughout, Roskelley's thoughts on risk, friendship, and values are portrayed.
NANDI DEVI A compelling and emotionally raw page-turner, this is about the 1976 expedition, co-led by Ad Carter and Willi Unsoeld, on which Unsoeld's daughter, Nanda Devi Unsoeld, died on her eponymous mountain. It describes the party of thirteen and their heartbreaking experience in attempting a difficult new route on the main peak of Nanda Devi.
LAST DAYS Recounts two legendary climbs in the Himalaya: one a successful first ascent of Tawoche in Nepal with Jeff Lowe, the other an attempt on Menlungste with Jim Wickwire, Greg Child, and Jeff Duenwald.
 

About John Roskelley

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John Roskelley was born in Spokane, Washington in 1948. In 1965 he asked his father's permission to sign up for the Spokane Mountaineers basic climbing course, and within months John had climbed Mounts Rainier, Shuksan, and Moran. From that point he moved headlong into the world of climbing: Some of his most notable climbs include the 1973 third ascent of the northeast ridge of Dhaulagiri; the 1976 first ascent via the northwest face of Nanda Devi; and a 1989 new route on the Northeast face of Tawoche. His climbing partners have included, among others, Jim Wickwire, Greg Child, and Jeff Lowe. Roskelley still resides in Spokane.
 
Published May 10, 2012 by Mountaineers Books. 672 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction