By Sam Lightner Jr.
“Sam Lightner, Jr., combines stories of event, one historical and the opposite modern day in his page-turner . . . With its wealthy feel of position and heritage, All Elevations Unknown bargains an incredibly clean twist to an adventure-climbing tale.” –Climbing Magazine
In the spring of 1999, armed with little greater than an outline from a publication and a map categorised “all elevations unknown,” Sam Lightner and his German rock-climbing blood brother, Volker, discovered themselves deep within the jungles of Borneo on a project to climb a mountain that used to be simply rumored to exist. What little they knew concerning the mountain they'd discovered from the memoirs of significant Tom Harrisson, a British international struggle II soldier who in 1945 have been assigned the near-impossible venture of parachuting blindly into the thick Borneo rainforest–where the natives had a grisly behavior of removing heads–to try and reclaim the island for the Allies.
A desirable, completely unique mixture of commute experience memoir and ancient new edition, All Elevations Unknown charts Lightner’s exhilarating and now and then harrowing quest to ascend the mountain Batu Lawi within the face of leeches, vipers, and sweat bees, and to maintain his staff jointly in a single of the earth’s such a lot treacherous uncharted wallet. alongside the way in which, he reconstructs a desirable historic narrative that chronicles Tom Harrisson’s adventures there throughout the conflict and illuminates an outstanding piece of forgotten international battle II heritage. Rife with suspense and shiny element, the 2 intertwining stories open up the island of Borneo, its humans, and its historical past in a robust, unforgettable manner, taking event writing to new heights.
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Extra resources for All Elevations Unknown: An Adventure in the Heart of Borneo
It’s the strangest damn thing,” he said shaking his head. “The plane was delivered in a large box by a bunch of Frenchmen. ” He chuckled as we both turned to him and stared blankly. His white teeth stood out against his copper Malay skin and he carried himself with that high level of selfassurance you often see in pilots. He wore a spiffy blue uniform with one of those little pilot hats that have a small brim and only look right on older men. It was all nicely pressed, but a bit heavy for the 90 degrees and 95 percent humidity of coastal Borneo.
As one of the most respected photographers in the outdoor industry, Chris had covered expeditions for Outside, National Geographic, and Men’s Journal. That kind of work makes retail marketers drool like a Saint Bernard in a meatpacking house. Drool money, that is. However, I didn’t expect Chris to actually be interested in the trip. We had learned enough about the weather patterns of Borneo to know that our expedition would take place in February or March, the months that a photographer of Chris’s stature would be preparing for some Himalayan nightmare-climb.
The hard thing was trying to figure out how to run from the snake over rough terrain with his eyes shut. That same squirtable toxin is deadly when injected, killing a man in as little as an hour, and the snake wouldn’t have given the first treatment if he weren’t ready to give the second. The eye squirt is little more than a warning compared to the bite. My friend escaped, but to this day he has eye problems. The king cobra also makes Borneo its home. King cobras are the largest species of poisonous snakes, regularly reaching lengths of eighteen feet.