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really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  69 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
"In 1999, when mankind had successfully mapped the surface of the Moon, Venus, and Mars, there were still sections of Borneo that man had nothing to say about other than 'all elevationsunknown.'"
In the spring of 1999, armed with little more than a description from a book and a map labeled "all elevations unknown," Sam Lightner and his Germanrock-climbing buddy, Volker, fo
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Published September 18th 2001 by Broadway Books (first published 2001)
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Sherryl
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book had a bit of a bad start with me:

"At just over six feet tall, Amat was average sized for a Kelabit." Six feet is really tall for any Sarawakian, even a Kelabit. He must have noticed this because later in the book, he wrote that everyone he met was shorter than him.

And then, he mentioned that the Tuai Rumah was the chief of all the longhouses. In the hierarchy, Tuai Rumah is a longhouse chief (just the one longhouse), Penghulu is the region's chief (which can have several longhouses), an
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Jennifer
Jun 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Sam Lightner sets off to climb a mountain that no one is sure even exists. The only evidence he has is a photograph in a WWII memoir and some legends from the Borneo locals. He finds the mountain, and his account of the trip to and up it is interwoven with the story of how an Australian force parachuted into Borneo and tried to organize the local tribesmen into an anti-Japanese guerilla force.

Great tone with a sardonic humor, full of interesting historical information, and a fast read.
Joe
Jul 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the coolest ways to read about history. The author talks about climbing a little known mountain in the jungles of Borneo and every other chapter is about an Austalian special forces mission that took place in the same areas during WWII.
Ruby
Mar 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those travel memoirs that gets lost in the shuffle that should have way more recognition than it does. A brilliant mix of history and his experience with a small team climbing an obscure peak in Borneo.
Felly
3.5 stars honestly. I don't know but seems Borneo super wild in this book! Past and modern plot maybe making this books not really boring. Well all in all, good book to read on from professional climbers.
Thomas Lang
Interesting book. Great to learn a little bit more about the history of WWII but overall the writing was sub-par
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