Halfway to Heaven: My White-knuckled--and Knuckleheaded--Quest for the Rocky Mountain High

By Mark Obmascik

Fats, forty-four, father of 3 sons, and dealing with a vasectomy, Mark Obmascik might by no means have guessed that his subsequent circulate will be up a 14,000-foot mountain. but if his twelve-year-old son will get bitten by way of the mountaineering computer virus at summer season camp, Obmascik can’t face up to the chance for a few high-altitude father-son bonding via mountain climbing a top jointly. After their first joint climb, Obmascik, addled by way of the skinny air, comes to a decision to maintain his head within the clouds and take a look at to scale all fifty-four of Colorado’s 14,000-foot mountains, often called the Fourteeners—and to do it in lower than twelve months. The result's Halfway to Heaven, a rollicking, witty, occasionally harrowing chronicle of an outrageous event that's no sure bet. This "hilarious midlife picaresque" (Publishers Weekly) has garnered vast severe acclaim, was once named an "Editor’s choose" by means of Parade, won the 2009 nationwide open air booklet Award for outside Literature, and made one reviewer giggle so challenging he "blew beer out of [his] nostril" (Colorado Daily). just like the author’s severely acclaimed debut, The substantial 12 months, it brings a prepared eye and sharp humor to an obsessive way of life: climbers who proportion the author’s crazed ardour of scaling all fifty-four of the famed and feared Fourteeners.

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