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Up the Down Volcano

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  595 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews
In her first full-length essay since her second book, How Did You Get This Number, New York Times bestselling author Sloane Crosley attempts to overcome the biggest hurdle of her life. Literally. Crosley’s “Up the Down Volcano" delivers a hilariously honest account of her trip to South America to climb one of the highest volcanoes in the world. Armed with a prescription fo ...more
Kindle Edition, 34 pages
Published December 9th 2011
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Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel
A fun quick read - not as good as her essay collections but still quite funny. I love Crosley 's writing and sense of humor. She also has a way of conveying deeper thoughts in a way that is not overly sentimental.
This is a good three not a bad three. It was funnish but not a perfect little essay. At 34 pages of attitude, you really can't go wrong confirming that mountain climbing will probably never be your thing. By you I mean me. My poor ears can barely handle weather systems coming through at a "normal" altitude and I get vertigo climbing two flights of open stairs. As much as I chuckled at the writer's responses to what she got herself into, this (me and mountain climbing = bad idea) was a sad realiz ...more
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: humor, essays, kindle-read
Can't get more accurate than "it was okay".

If you're interested in her work, check out 'I was told there'd be cake'. I gave it 5 stars and I'm pretty sure I almost peed my pants.

'How did you get this number?' was 4 stars for me.

This is a quick read and has its moments though.
Mar 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Sloane Crosley, writer on assignment in Quito, Ecuador, decides to scale Cotopaxi two days after she arrives with no equipment, experience or acclimatization. Sounds like something my step mother would do.

I enjoyed this novella. It's witty, observant and fast paced. I gave it three stars simply because I can't remember much of it a week after I read it. Perhaps it's my jet-lag or maybe it's more like a good joke that leaves your brain as soon as you finish laughing. There were some typos which
Mar 29, 2014 rated it liked it
I can imagine that if no one had asked me how long I had been in the country, I might not have remembered reading somewhere that you can altitude sickness, and it's a really scary thing. But how do you figure that you need to start taking malaria pills on the side of a mountain that is covered in snow? Mosquitoes were definitely the least of her problems.

Funny essay, well written, would definitely consider reading more of Crosley's stuff.
Feb 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, 2012
The first thing I bought on my Kindle. It is a good introduction to Crosley's wit and writing style. This is an honest account of her trip to South America to climb the second highest volcano in the world armed only with a bikini, malaria pills, a fleece vest, and a few tampons. Traveling with a guide who speaks little English, she narrowly escapes death while climbing the second highest volcano. She redifines the term unprepapred.
Dec 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
When I read the news that Sloane Crosley was releasing a new essay as a Kindle Single, I was so bummed out. She has quickly become one of my favorite authors after reading her two full length essay collections I Was Told There'd Be Cake and How'd You Get This Number this year. My mom tried unsuccessfully to convert me to an e-reader after holding the fact that I had no way to read Up the Down Volcano without one I finally realized that I can easily download the Kindle App to my Android phone ... ...more
After having read her other two books, and having just about liked them (Yes, I still don't think she is God's gift to book-world), there was no way I would've paid for this Kindle Single (is there a way I can publish them too, since that's what bloggers seem to be doing these days?), had it not been for the extreme love the husband carries for anything that has Crosley's name. I am in half a mind to think its her looks he likes and not her writing style, but I cannot totally strike off her writ ...more
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the antidote to those sprawling adventure novels about harrowing stoicism and bravery in the face of almost certain death. When the writer, a NYC-er, decides to climb one of Ecuador's highest peaks on a whim, and without a shred of mountain climbing experience, you know you're in for an adventure. She retells the experience in such a way that it's not only perilous, but hilarious. She finds the funny, even in the midst of severe altitude sickness.

Her guide speaks little English, and mak
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Dec 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: travel, kindle-single
I expected more of this humorous travel story and was disappointed. There's been a lot of good humor/travel writing in the last few years like Eat Pray Love, An Idiot Abroad, Italian for Beginners, and Undress Me In the Temple of Heaven. It's not as funny or exciting as any of those titles. If you're looking for something similar, you will be disappointed. It was just OK. No big laughs, although the situation is humorous. I would also have welcomed a couple of more pages at the end of reflection ...more
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Sloane Crosley is the author of the New York Times bestsellers I Was Told There'd Be Cake (a Thurber Prize finalist) and How Did You Get This Number. The Clasp is her first novel. A frequent contributor to The New York Times, she lives in Manhattan.
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“A lot of people are lonely. A lot of people are lonely even when they’re surrounded by other people.” 5 likes
“There is something inherently manly about climbing a mountain. Though, taken literally, that would make a deep sea dive the most feminine activity on the planet.” 3 likes
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