Review: The Escapist – Cheating Death on the World’s Highest Mountains 9781443450164

Review: The Escapist – Cheating Death on the World’s Highest Mountains 9781443450164

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Title: The Escapist: Cheating Death on the World’s Highest Mountains
Author: Gabriel Filippi
ISBN: 9781443450164
Price: $32.99
Publisher: HarperCollins

Review by Mark Lindenberg

Written by Montréal-based climber, guide and speaker Gabriel Filippi with acclaimed sportswriter Brett Popplewell, this mountaineering memoir is at times introspective, often harrowing, periodically exhilarating and always interesting.

The first chapter begins with Filippi’s childhood in Lac-Mégantic and quickly describes his early adulthood, his training to be a flight service specialist and his first deployments to Sept-Îles and Radisson.

The second chapter details his very first climb. Subsequent chapters describe his climbs, as a novice, of Chimborazo and Aconcagua, two of South America’s highest peaks, and his experiences of gaining confidence and learning from fellow alpinists.

Filippi acknowledges that climbing is a dangerous sport, where even the fittest athlete can regularly face death. He also speaks about why he climbs, and provides a sometimes graphic glimpse of the effect that his chosen métier  has on those who love him.

We see the psychological toll that mountain climbing takes, but also witness the impact that mountaineering has on the physical environment, often in the form of discarded oxygen bottles, trash, traffic jams of climbers, and bodies on the mountainsides.

Mount Everest looms large in this narrative. Why? “Because it’s there” ends up being far too simplistic a reason.

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