|Pages/Publication Date:||336 / 2018|
What motivates explorers to embark on perilous journeys that push the limits of the human body? And what is the future of such adventure in a world we have mapped from end to end? David Roberts has spent his career documenting voyages to the most extreme landscapes on earth, and in this finalist for the 2019 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing, he reflects on humanity's relationship (and his own) to such risk. Recounting his travels and his battle with cancer, Roberts also pays tribute to such figures as Fridtjof Nansen, who undertook a spartan 18-month polar expedition in the 1890s, and cave diver Bill Stone, who explored some 3,000 feet down in North America's deepest cave.
"Roberts conveys the exhilaration and vitality of adventuring as well as the agony and anger of a cancer diagnosis with equal aplomb, making for a moving narrative that speaks to the glories of the human spirit and the limitations of the human body."—Publishers Weekly