All Elevations Unknown: An Adventure in the Heart of Borneo by Sam Lightner Jr.

By Sam Lightner Jr.

“Sam Lightner, Jr., combines stories of event, one ancient and the opposite modern day in his page-turner . . . With its wealthy experience of position and heritage, All Elevations Unknown bargains a shockingly clean twist to an adventure-climbing tale.” –Climbing Magazine

In the spring of 1999, armed with little greater than an outline from a booklet and a map categorized “all elevations unknown,” Sam Lightner and his German rock-climbing blood brother, Volker, came upon themselves deep within the jungles of Borneo on a undertaking to climb a mountain that was once purely rumored to exist. What little they knew concerning the mountain they'd realized from the memoirs of significant Tom Harrisson, a British global warfare II soldier who in 1945 have been assigned the near-impossible challenge 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 appealing, completely unique blend of commute event memoir and ancient new version, All Elevations Unknown charts Lightner’s exhilarating and from time to time harrowing quest to ascend the mountain Batu Lawi within the face of leeches, vipers, and sweat bees, and to maintain his staff jointly in a single of the earth’s such a lot treacherous uncharted wallet. alongside the way in which, he reconstructs a desirable ancient narrative that chronicles Tom Harrisson’s adventures there in the course of the warfare and illuminates an incredible piece of forgotten international battle II historical past. Rife with suspense and bright aspect, the 2 intertwining stories open up the island of Borneo, its humans, and its heritage in a robust, unforgettable means, taking event writing to new heights.

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For several years countless numbers of men were lost in frontal attacks that might at best gain a few yards. In January 1915, Ambassador Page wrote Wilson: The horror of the thing outruns all imagination. Yet somehow nobody seems to realize it—men marched into the trenches to as certain slaughter as cattle when they are driven into the killing house in a stockyard. . There’s nothing of the old “glory” of war—the charge, the yell, the music, the clash, and the giving way of one side or of the other.

Justice could only be attained, the former president insisted, by the exercise of power. ” Such procedures, warned TR, would cause the United States to wait in idle helplessness while a potential enemy “could make a Gibraltar” of one of the West Indian islands or of Magdalena Bay off the coast of Mexico. Better, he continued, to rely on the time-tested Monroe Doctrine, which was keeping America out of the current conflict, than choose the chimera of arbitration. The former president had his followers.

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