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Leif Whittaker

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Leif Whittaker seeks adventure in all aspects of life. Born in Port Townsend, Washington among the glaciated spires 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 tallest mountains, including Aconcagua, Mount Vinson, and Mount Everest twice.

Mountaineering is not his only passion. His love of skiing, rock climbing, sailing, kayaking, rafting, hiking, photography, and food has led him to many remote corners of the globe. He is a talented writer and photographer whose work has appeared in various media worldwide, including Powder, Backcountry and The Ski Journal. His first book, My Old Man and the Mountain, will be published by Mountaineers Books in October, 2016.

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Leif Whittaker When I followed in my father’s footsteps to the summit of Mount Everest, the story was too good not to write about. Still, I needed five years to…moreWhen I followed in my father’s footsteps to the summit of Mount Everest, the story was too good not to write about. Still, I needed five years to shape it into a book. I would have done it much faster if I wasn’t paralyzed by the fear that someone might read it. Months of obsessive writing were followed by weeks without a single glance at the story. When I did look at it again, I inevitably hated it, and I convinced myself that a complete overhaul was required. After dozens of these cycles, I realized I needed to let go. Nevertheless, without a deadline from the publisher, I would probably still be tinkering. (less)
Leif Whittaker I shut down my computer and go for a walk in a nearby park with a small notebook and pen in my pocket. I try not to think about my writing project,…moreI shut down my computer and go for a walk in a nearby park with a small notebook and pen in my pocket. I try not to think about my writing project, but when I move my body through nature, my mind clears and the sentences, phrases, and ideas inevitably arise. Even one good sentence can be enough to unlock the flood of words. (less)
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4.24 avg rating — 136 ratings — published 2016 — 3 editions
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My Old Man and the Mountain by Leif Whittaker
"Great book about adventure, mountain climbing, endurance, and growing up in the shadow of a famous father. Although I am not a mountain climber myself--yet--I enjoyed the book, including the details about climbing, reaching the summit of Mt Everes..." Read more of this review »
My Old Man and the Mountain by Leif Whittaker
"What I simply call a really nice book to thoroughly enjoy. Leif's book took me through his journey and shared the simple joys of being part of such a local legendary wonderful family. A good friend got me this autographed book for my birthday this..." Read more of this review »
My Old Man and the Mountain by Leif Whittaker
"I love mountain climbing books and this one was wonderful. Written by Jim Whittaker's son Leif after he climbed Mt. Everest, 49 years after his famous father. He gives a youthful take on his climb (25 years old the first time and then climbed it a..." Read more of this review »
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