By Mark Obmascik
Fats, forty-four, father of 3 sons, and dealing with a vasectomy, Mark Obmascik may by no means have guessed that his subsequent circulation will be up a 14,000-foot mountain. but if his twelve-year-old son will get bitten by way of the hiking trojan horse at summer season camp, Obmascik can't withstand the chance for a few high-altitude father-son bonding through climbing a height jointly. After their first joint climb, addled by means of the skinny air, Obmascik comes to a decision to maintain his head within the clouds and check out scaling all fifty four of Colorado's 14,000-foot mountains, often called the Fourteeners -- and to do them in lower than one year.
The result's midway to Heaven, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Obmascik's rollicking, witty, occasionally harrowing, usually poignant chronicle of an outrageous midlife experience that's no sure bet, even if occasionally it's A stroll within the Woods -- yet with extra sweat and no more oxygen. part one million humans attempt mountain climbing a Colorado Fourteener each year, yet in basic terms twelve hundred have suggested summiting all of them. Can an obese, stay-at-home dad develop into No. 1,201?
With his ebullient character and glowing prose, Obmascik brings us contained in the quirky, colourful lifestyle of climbing obsessives who summit those mountains 12 months after 12 months. Honoring his involved wife's orders to not climb on my own, Obmascik drags previous acquaintances up the slopes, a few of them lifelong flatlanders tasting skinny air for the 1st time, and lures pro Rockies junkies into taking over a huffing, puffing beginner by way of bribing them with unfastened beer, lunches, and automobile washes. one of the new buddies he makes are an ex-drag racer attempting to practice a headstand on each summit, the lead oboe participant in a Hebrew salsa band, and a climber with the counterproductive pre-climb ritual of gulping down 4 beers and a burrito. alongside the way in which, Obmascik studies the uncooked, rowdy, and barely obvious intimacy of male friendship, braced through the double intoxicants of adrenaline and altitude.
Though hazard is often current -- the Colorado Fourteeners have killed extra climbers than Mount Everest -- Mark is aware his getting older scalp can't find the money for the hair-raising adventures of Jon Krakauer's Into skinny Air, and his quest turns into a narrative of relatives, friendship, and fraternity. In Obmascik's summer time of mountaineering, he loses fifteen kilos, unearths a number of dozen man-dates, and earnings appreciate for the background of those storied mountains (home to cannibalism, gold rushes, shoot-outs, and one of many nation's most renowned non secular shrines). As a lot approximately midlife and male bonding because it is set mountains, midway to Heaven tells how weekend warriors can live on all of them as they achieve for these so much far-off issues -- the summits of mountains and a teenage son. And as one guy exceeds the actual achievements of his formative years, he discovers that age -- like summit peak -- is simply a host.
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Halfway to Heaven: My White-Knuckled--and Knuckleheaded--Quest for the Rocky Mountain High by Mark Obmascik