"Todhunter has the writing style of a good climber on steep rock–calm, precise, and apparently effortless. By the end of this extraordinary book, I had a much greater appreciation of a fundamental truth, that people risk their life not because they want to die, but because they want to live."
–Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm
"Todhunter has produced a work of clear beauty and a true adventure of the soul."
"Andrew Todhunter…eloquently charts his own journey from rebellious recklessness to the far more awesome challenges of real-life responsibility."
–Richard Meryman, author of Andrew Wyeth: A Secret Life
"Some of the freshest and most original writing about climbing in recent memory."
–David Roberts, author of The Mountain of My Fear and Moments of Doubt
"Andrew Todhunter writes like an angel…"
–Kenneth S. Lynn, author of Hemingway and Charlie Chaplin and His Times
From the Hardcover edition.