By Sam Lightner Jr.
“Sam Lightner, Jr., combines stories of event, one old and the opposite modern day in his page-turner . . . With its wealthy feel of position and historical past, All Elevations Unknown deals 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 e-book and a map categorised “all elevations unknown,” Sam Lightner and his German rock-climbing blood brother, Volker, stumbled on themselves deep within the jungles of Borneo on a undertaking 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 global struggle II soldier who in 1945 were assigned the near-impossible undertaking of parachuting blindly into the thick Borneo rainforest–where the natives had a grisly behavior of removing heads–to try and reclaim the island for the Allies.
A alluring, totally unique blend of trip event memoir and old new edition, All Elevations Unknown charts Lightner’s exhilarating and now and then harrowing quest to ascend the mountain Batu Lawi within the face of leeches, vipers, and sweat bees, and to maintain his group jointly in a single of the earth’s such a lot treacherous uncharted wallet. alongside the way in which, he reconstructs a desirable old narrative that chronicles Tom Harrisson’s adventures there through the struggle and illuminates an miraculous piece of forgotten global conflict II background. Rife with suspense and bright element, the 2 intertwining stories open up the island of Borneo, its humans, and its heritage in a robust, unforgettable method, taking event writing to new heights.
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All Elevations Unknown: An Adventure in the Heart of Borneo by Sam Lightner Jr.