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COMMEMORATIVE BOOK ON NAOMI UEMURA 1985 1st ed Softcover Fine
By Uemura, Naomi
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Japan, 1985, 1st edition. 168 pp, 31 color photos. In Japanese, 2 page summary in English. Small softcover, plastic cover with Dust Jacket, Fine condition. 

This is a book honoring the memory of Naomi Uemura, an extreme climber and adventurer who disappeared on Mt McKinley. The book was written by his many friends, climbing partners, and the rescue teams who searched Denali for him. 

There are many books in Japanese on Uemura listed on the internet, but we were unable to find one that matches this one. 

Naomi Uemura (植村 直己,  February 12, 1941 disappeared February 13, 1984) was a Japanese adventurer who was known particularly for his solo exploits. For example, he was the first man to reach the North Pole solo, the first man to raft the Amazon solo, and the first man to climb Denali solo. He disappeared a day after his 43rd birthday while attempting to climb Denali in the winter.

Before his 30th birthday, Uemura had solo-climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, Mont Blanc, and the Matterhorn, had walked the length of Japan, and summited during the first (1970) Japanese expedition to climb Mount Everest and subsequent disastrous 1971 International Everest Expedition.

In August 1970, Uemura climbed Denali (then known as Mount McKinley) solo, becoming the first person to reach the top alone. Uemura dreamed of soloing across Antarctica and climbing that continent's highest peak, Vinson Massif. In preparation, in 1976 he did a solo sled-dog run from Greenland to Alaska, in two stages and 363 days.[2] He set a record for the long-distance record for a dog-sled journey at 12,000 kilometres (7,500 mi).

Rarely mentioned is the fate of another solo Denali climber, John Waterman (not Jon Waterman the ranger and author.) Waterman had spent considerable solo time camping on the glaciers near Denali in April 1981. It does not appear that he summited Denali. He became overdue, beyond the duration of his known food supply, and despite considerable efforts made in searching by plane and helicopter no trace was ever found of him. The assumption is that he probably had fallen into a crevasse, a very dangerous event when you are alone. John was the son of Guy Waterman, a well known climber and author on the history of east coast US climbing and hiking.  






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