EVENT: Leif Whittaker Comes to Carbondale, Colorado

Rock and Ice Magazine and Ragged Mountain Sports present: A Q&A, presentation and book signing with author and mountaineer Leif Whittaker, PLUS FREE BEER!

By Rock and Ice | April 24th, 2017

Rock and Ice Magazine and Ragged Mountain Sports present: A Q&A, presentation and book signing with author and mountaineer Leif Whittaker, PLUS FREE BEER!

  WHERE: Ragged Mountain Sports
902 Highway 133, Carbondale, CO, 81623

WHEN: April 27th, 2017 at 6 p.m. (MST)

WHAT: Join us in a Q&A and book signing with Leif Whittaker. This is a free event. Beer will be provided!

RSVP on Facebook event page

 

ABOUT LEIF WHITTAKER:

Leif Whittaker was born in Port Townsend, Washington, at the foot of the Olympic Mountains. He reached his first major summit when he was 15 years old; he has since climbed many of the world’s tall mountains. A writer and a photographer, Leif’s work has appeared in Powder, The Ski Journal, and Backcountry. Leif lives in Bellingham, Washington, and is a seasonal USFS climbing ranger on Mount Baker. Visit him online at leifwhittaker.com.

 

ABOUT MY OLD MAN AND THE MOUNTAIN:

My Old Man and the Mountain is Leif Whittaker’s engaging and humorous story of what it was like to “grow up Whittaker”—the youngest son of Jim Whittaker and Dianne Roberts, in an extended family of accomplished climbers. He shares glimpses of his upbringing and how the pressure to climb started early on. Readers learn of his first adventures with family in the Olympic Mountains and on Mount Rainier; his close yet at times competitive relationship with his brother Joss; his battle with a serious back injury; and his efforts to stand apart from his father’s legacy. With wry honesty he depicts being a recent college grad, still living in his parents’ home and trying to find a purpose in life—digging ditches, building houses, selling t-shirts to tourists—until a chance encounter leads to the opportunity to climb Everest, just like his father did.

Leif heads to Nepal with all the excitement, irony, boredom, and trepidation that are part of high-altitude climbing. Well-known guides Dave Hahn and Melissa Arnot figure prominently in his story, as does “Big Jim.” But Leif’s story is not his father’s story. It’s a unique coming of age tale on the steep slopes of Everest and a climbing adventure that lights the imagination and fills an emotional human endeavor with universal meaning.

 

Excerpt from My Old Man and the Mountain

 


 

Book Tour Calendar

My Old Man and the Mountain is coming to a bookstore near you! I will be doing talks and book signings throughout the western United States this winter and spring. More events will be added to this calendar, so please check back often. I hope to see you there!

  • The author.March 30 – Western Washington University – Bellingham, WA – 7 p.m. presentation at the PAC Concert Hall with Q&A and book signing to follow. Proceeds benefit the Jake Merrill Scholarship Fund!
  • April 7 – Port Townsend Library – Port Townsend, WA – 7 p.m. presentation with Q&A and book signing to follow.
  • April 10 – University of Oregon – Eugene, OR – 7 p.m. presentation with Q&A and book signing to follow.
  • April 13 – Alpenglow Sports – Tahoe City, CA – Presentation at Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema with Q&A and book signing to follow.
  • April 18 – Origin Climbing and Fitness – Las Vegas, NV – 7:30 p.m. presentation with Q&A and book signing to follow. Proceeds benefit The Juniper Fund!
  • April 23 – Back of Beyond Books – Moab, UT – 7pm presentation with Q&A and book signing to follow.
  • April 25 – Maria’s Bookshop – Durango, CO – 6:30pm presentation with Q&A and book signing to follow.
  • April 27 – Ragged Mountain Sports – Carbondale, CO, with ROCK AND ICE – 7 p.m. event with Q&A and book signing.
  • April 28 – Estes Park Mountain Shop – Estes Park, CO – 7 p.m. presentation with Q&A and book signing to follow. Special appearance by legendary mountaineer Tom Hornbein!
  • May 1 – REI – Sandy, UT – A 6:30 p.m. presentation with Q&A and book signing to follow.
  • May 4 – Stio Outdoor Apparel & Gear – Jackson, WY – 6:30 p.m. presentation with Q&A and book signing to follow.
  • May 7 – Country Bookshelf – Bozeman, MT – 4 p.m. presentation with Q&A and book signing to follow.
  • May 9 – The Community Library – Ketchum, ID – 6 p.m. presentation with Q&A and book signing to follow.

 

Watch My Old Man and the Mountain – Book Trailer 2017

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