Lim­its of the Known

Climbing - - THE APPROACH OFF THE WALL -

$27, books.wwnor­ton.com

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.

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