Die Trying: One Man's Quest to Conquer the Seven Summits

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AMACOM, Feb 12, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
In early 2003, a young Wall Street investment banker named Bo Parfet set out to accomplish something very few had done before—climbing the highest mountain on every continent. He was not a professional climber, but what began as a casual interest would soon become a lifelong passion and in just over four years, Bo would overcome the odds and conquer all of the mountains—Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, Denali, Vinson Massif, Elbrus, Carstenz Pyramid, Kosciusko, and Everest—with courage, unbridled passion, and determination. Combining the gripping narrative of Into Thin Air with the adrenaline-fueled drama of Vertical Limit, Die Trying is the incredible story of one man's battle against his own limitations. From dodging avalanches to crossing a ladder over a seemingly bottomless crevasse, to making his way through the Khumbu Icefall and burying a dead teammate at 27, 000 feet, we experience all of the author’s exhilarating, often terrifying climbs first-hand. We travel with him during his near-death experiences when falling into a crevasse in New Zealand and nearly-drowning in crocodile-infested rapids during a canoe race in Belize. And we share the terror of his confrontations with corrupt army officials, cannibalistic tribesmen, and local militia groups. Harrowing and uplifting, Die Trying is a riveting memoir that will inspire all of us to defy the odds and fulfill our dreams.

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This book was pure torture. The mountaineering stuff kept me going (just barely), but it reads like a 300-page MBA admissions essay by a not-terribly-bright trustafarian. Avoid!

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Kept me reading. Sometimes made me think he was a little egotistical but he says that himself that he is. So in the end it was a fun read and a fast read.


1 Getting to the Mountain
2 Kilimanjaro
3 Aconcagua
A Quick Adventure
5 Denali
6 Elbrus First Attempt
7 Vinson Massif
8 Everest First Attempt
9 Elbrus Second Attempt Plus Exploits
10 Carstensz Pyramid
11 Kosciuszko and Some Major Side Adventures
12 Everest Second AttemptOn Top of the World
The Seven Summits Gear List

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About the author (2009)

Bo Parfet was a Postgraduate Research Fellow at the Financial Accounting Standard’s Board, and an Investment Banking Analyst for J.P. Morgan. He summited Kilimanjaro in 2003 and has been climbing ever since.

Richard Buskin (Chicago, IL) is a New York Times bestselling author whose books include the biographies Sheryl Crow: No Fool to This Game and Princess Diana.

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