Limits of the Known

Limits of the Known

by David Roberts

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Overview

“If you’ve run out of Saint-Exupéry and miss the eloquent power of his work, then you are ready to read David Roberts.” —Laurence Gonzales, author of Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies and Why

David Roberts has spent his career documenting voyages to the most extreme landscapes on earth. In Limits of the Known, he reflects on humanity’s—and his own—relationship to exploration and extreme risk. Part memoir and part history, this book tries to make sense of why so many have committed their lives to the desperate pursuit of adventure. What compelled Eric Shipton to return, five times, to the ridges of Mt. Everest, plotting the mountain’s most treacherous territory years before Hillary and Tenzing’s famous ascent? What drove Bill Stone to dive 3,000 feet underground into North America’s deepest cave? And what is the future of adventure in a world we have mapped and trodden from end to end? In the wake of his diagnosis with throat cancer, Roberts seeks answers with new urgency and “penetrating self-analysis” (Booklist).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393356595
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 02/26/2019
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 761,363
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

David Roberts is a climber and mountaineer and the author of thirty books about mountaineering, exploration, and anthropology. His books have won the Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature, the Grand Prize at the Banff Mountain Book Competition, and been shortlisted for the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing. He lives in Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Prologue xi

1 Farthest North 1

2 Blank On The Map 47

3 Prehistoric 5.10 85

Interlude: The Quest For The Other 121

4 First Descent 133

5 First Contact 171

6 The Undiscovered Earth 207

7 The Future Of Adventure 253

Note on Sources 299

Acknowledgments 303

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