I’ve always been skeptical about mountain climbers, especially those who climb places that are truly death-defying. I think this might have something to do with the female in me, because my primeval instinct to these particular challenges is “stupid, selfish.”
Why? Climbers who die on top of mountains have left behind not just grieving mother or fathers, but children who will never really know their parent. So it doesn’t surprise me that the people who are driven to climb to such heights are also, sometimes, given to other selfish and greedy traits.
I am curious about this book, because I think it might reveal something about the nature of the person who chases death.
If you are in the Fairfield County area, you can meet Michael Kodas at reading events in Westport today or New Canaan on the 24th. Here’s the website.