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MY OLD MAN AND THE MOUNTAIN: A MEMOIR Leif Whittaker 2016 1st ed New Hardcover SIGNED by Leif Whittaker
By Whittakker, Leif
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WA, 2016, 1st edition. 284 pp, b/w and color photos. New hardcover with dust jacket. 

SIGNED by Author Leif Whittaker. 

When your father was one of the first people to climb Mount Everest, you have to do it yourself. The sons of Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay and Barry Bishop have climbed it. But the pressure on Leif Whittaker was especially intense because his father was the first American to climb Mount Everest. 

In 1963, the world followed the first American Mount Everest Expedition, and watched as “Big Jim” Whittaker became the first American to stand on top of the world. He returned home a hero.

My Old Man and the Mountain is Leif Whittaker’s engaging and humorous story of what it was like to “grow up Whittaker” ― the youngest son of Jim Whittaker and Dianne Roberts, in an extended family of accomplished climbers. He shares glimpses of his upbringing and how the pressure to climb started early on. 

Readers learn of his first adventures with family in the Olympic Mountains and on Mount Rainier; his close yet at times competitive relationship with his brother Joss; his battle with a serious back injury; and his efforts to stand apart from his father’s legacy. 

With wry honesty he depicts being a recent college grad, still living in his parents’ home and trying to find a purpose in life ― digging ditches, building houses, selling t-shirts to tourists ― until a chance encounter leads to the opportunity to climb Everest, just like his father did.

Leif heads to Nepal with all the excitement, irony, boredom, and trepidation that are part of high altitude climbing. Well known guides Dave Hahn and Melissa Arnot figure prominently in his story, as does “Big Jim.” But Leif’s story is not his father’s story. It’s a unique coming of age tale on the steep slopes of Everest and a climbing adventure that lights the imagination and fills an emotional human endeavor with universal meaning.

“My Old Man and the Mountain is Leif Whittaker’s engaging and humorous story of what it was like to “grow up Whittaker” - the youngest son of Jim Whittaker, the first American to summit Mt. Everest, and Dianne Roberts, in an extended family of accomplished climbers.” - Rock and Ice

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