Limits of the Known
Part memoir, part history,
Limits of the Known is a beautiful contribution by legendary climber/author David Roberts. Roberts shares his relationship with risk and mortality by reflecting on past adventures, and his recent diagnosis of throat cancer. The book also retells classic tales of famous explorers and heroic expeditions, such as Shipton and Tilman’s exploration of the Karakoram, and the undiscovered potential in New Guinea, the caves of the Mayan underworld, and the cosmos. As Roberts writes, “Climbers and other explorers are notoriously inarticulate when it comes to explaining why they spend their lives pursuing phantom goals. Yet in the end, why is the ultimate question.” Roberts delivers compelling and honest answers, ones that will reaffirm your desire to explore.