By Sam Lightner Jr.
“Sam Lightner, Jr., combines stories of experience, one old and the opposite modern day in his page-turner . . . With its wealthy feel of position and background, All Elevations Unknown bargains an incredibly clean twist to an adventure-climbing tale.” –Climbing Magazine
In the spring of 1999, armed with little greater than an outline from a publication and a map categorized “all elevations unknown,” Sam Lightner and his German rock-climbing blood brother, Volker, came across themselves deep within the jungles of Borneo on a challenge to climb a mountain that used to be purely rumored to exist. What little they knew in regards to the mountain that they had realized from the memoirs of significant Tom Harrisson, a British international conflict II soldier who in 1945 have been assigned the near-impossible undertaking of parachuting blindly into the thick Borneo rainforest–where the natives had a grisly behavior of removing heads–to attempt to reclaim the island for the Allies.
A pleasing, completely unique mixture of go back and forth event memoir and historic new version, All Elevations Unknown charts Lightner’s exhilarating and every now and then harrowing quest to ascend the mountain Batu Lawi within the face of leeches, vipers, and sweat bees, and to maintain his workforce jointly in a single of the earth’s such a lot treacherous uncharted wallet. alongside the best way, he reconstructs a desirable historic narrative that chronicles Tom Harrisson’s adventures there throughout the warfare and illuminates an mind-blowing piece of forgotten global warfare II historical past. Rife with suspense and brilliant aspect, the 2 intertwining stories open up the island of Borneo, its humans, and its historical past in a robust, unforgettable approach, taking experience writing to new heights.
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It didn’t really look like it could fly, having the aerodynamics of a coffin and the appropriate name of Skyvan. Sadly, it was a shoe box we would soon be climbing aboard for our flight to Bario. Even worse, we would already have been in the box on our way to Bario if thunderstorms hadn’t socked in the airstrip and forced all flights to wait for a weather break. Getting on an odd-looking plane in the Third World was bad enough, but getting on one to fly into severe thunderstorms seemed as dangerous as falling asleep next to Jack Kevorkian.
C’mon,” the pilot said quickly. “I thought you guys were supposed to be big, famous climbers who feared nothing. ” Ligh_0767907566_3p_01_r1_qxd 5/2/01 1:44 PM Page 38 38 SAM LIGHTNER, JR. His demeanor was reassuring and it perked me up a bit. “I have some flying experience,” I said, thinking he might let me ride up front in the thing. “I haven’t gotten my license yet, but I’m pretty close. ” “Oh, that’s fine,” he replied while walking out to see how the loading of our bags was going. “You’re qualified to fly the Skyvan.
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All Elevations Unknown: An Adventure in the Heart of Borneo by Sam Lightner Jr.