Icefall Adventures at the wild edges of our dangerous, changing planet

John All

Book - 2017

"In May 2014, the mountaineer and scientist John All fell into a crevasse near Everest and took a series of videos as he struggled to climb out 70 feet of ice and snow with fifteen broken bones - including 6 cracked vertebrae, internal bleeding, a severely dislocated shoulder, and his face covered in blood. The videos of him went viral and appeared in newscasts all over the world: CNN, BBC, Australia, Brazil, Israel, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, etc. and every website imaginable - from People... Magazine to National Geographic. NPR called him "a badass for science." Yet this story is only the latest of All's adventures. He's also won a footrace for his life with a wild hyena, stepped on a black mamba in the African bush, and scaled Everest - all in pursuit of his true passion: the future of adaptation to our world's changing climate. Icefall is more than a fascinating adventure story-it is a report from the extremes, which hold new lessons about the impact of climate change. It is about the collapsing Andean glaciers, the hidden jungles in Honduras where native people have learned about surviving hurricanes, and the highest points on earth, where more scientific secrets lie. The result is a thrilling adventure memoir with profound lessons for how humans will adjust as our world continues to change beneath our feet"--

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Published
New York : PublicAffairs 2017.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
viii, 221 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 25 cm
ISBN
9781610396936
1610396936
Main Author
John All (author)
Other Authors
John Balzar (author)
  • Part I: Icefall. Alone on the ice ; Lhotse
  • Part II. Climber science. Adaptation ; Paradise lost ; Bugged
  • Part III: Fieldwork. Up and up ; Here, there, and beyond ; Sunsets ; Everest ; The stuff ; Top of the world ; Letters ; The unknown
  • Part IV. Survival. Alive ; Harry Potter ; Findings.
Review by Choice Reviews

This unique book combines scientific details about the impact of global climate change in some of the world's more remote places and a very personal, adventurous narrative by All (mountain environmental science, Western Washington Univ.) and coauthor Balzar, a seasoned writer. This text follows All as he travels, documenting the effects of a changing climate in some of the world's most extreme and remote environments, from the Everest massif to the jungles of Costa Rica. The book is an easy read, and the authors make the topic of climate change very approachable, not only through the intrepid narrative but also through the description of All's relationships with the people he works with and meets through his travels. The authors present an extremely thoughtful account of the relationship humans have with the planet and how adaptation and resilience will be needed as more climate change challenges are encountered. The book is enthusiastically recommended for a wide variety of readers. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers.--W. Weston, San Diego State UniversityWil WestonSan Diego State University Wil Weston Choice Reviews 55:02 October 2017 Copyright 2017 American Library Association.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"In May 2014, the mountaineer and scientist John All fell into a crevasse near Everest and took a series of videos as he struggled to climb out 70 feet of ice and snow with fifteen broken bones - including 6 cracked vertebrae, internal bleeding, a severely dislocated shoulder, and his face covered in blood. The videos of him went viral and appeared in newscasts all over the world: CNN, BBC, Australia, Brazil, Israel, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, etc. and every website imaginable - from People Magazine to National Geographic. NPR called him "a badass for science." Yet this story is only the latest of All's adventures. He's also won a footrace for his life with a wild hyena, stepped on a black mamba in the African bush, and scaled Everest - all in pursuit of his true passion: the future of adaptation to our world's changing climate. Icefall is more than a fascinating adventure story-it is a report from the extremes, which hold new lessons about the impact of climate change. It is about the collapsing Andeanglaciers, the hidden jungles in Honduras where native people have learned about surviving hurricanes, and the highest points on earth, where more scientific secrets lie. The result is a thrilling adventure memoir with profound lessons for how humans willadjust as our world continues to change beneath our feet"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The executive director of the American Climber Science Program, famed for his life-risking viral videos documenting climate change, shares dramatic accounts of some of his most significant experiences while outlining how humans will be adapting to dynamic environmental shifts.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

John All has survived encounters with black mamba snakes, run-ins with wild jungle animals, and a brush with death in an icy tomb. No one knows the outer limits of our changing planet quite like him. In May 2014, the mountaineer and scientist John All plunged into a crevasse in the Himalayas, a fall that all but killed him. He recorded a series of dramatic videos as he struggled to climb seven stories back up to the surface with a severely dislocated shoulder, internal bleeding, a battered face covered in blood, and fifteen broken bones--including six cracked vertebrae. The videos became a viral sensation, an urgent and gripping dispatch from one of the least-known extremes of the planet. Yet this climb for his life is only the latest of John All's adventures in some of Earth's most hostile climates. He has also been chased by a wild hyena, scaled Everest, and narrowly missed being hit by an avalanche, all in pursuit of his true calling: the study of how we can master the challenge of our world's changing climate. Icefall is a thrilling adventure story and a report from the extremes of the planet, taking you to collapsing Andean glaciers, hidden jungles in Honduras, and the highest points on Earth. In this gripping account, our changing climate is not a matter of politics; it's a matter of life and death and the human will to survive and thrive in the face of it.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

John All has survived encounters with black mamba snakes, run-ins with wild jungle animals, and a brush with death in an icy tomb. No one knows the outer limits of our changing planet quite like him.In May 2014, the mountaineer and scientist John All plunged into a crevasse in the Himalayas, a fall that all but killed him. He recorded a series of dramatic videos as he struggled to climb seven stories back up to the surface with a severely dislocated shoulder, internal bleeding, a battered face covered in blood, and fifteen broken bones--including six cracked vertebrae. The videos became a viral sensation, an urgent and gripping dispatch from one of the least-known extremes of the planet.Yet this climb for his life is only the latest of John All's adventures in some of Earth's most hostile climates. He has also been chased by a wild hyena, scaled Everest, and narrowly missed being hit by an avalanche, all in pursuit of his true calling: the study of how we can master the challenge of our world's changing climate. Icefall is a thrilling adventure story and a report from the extremes of the planet, taking you to collapsing Andean glaciers, hidden jungles in Honduras, and the highest points on Earth. In this gripping account, our changing climate is not a matter of politics; it's a matter of life and death and the human will to survive and thrive in the face of it.