David Breashears, celebrated filmmaker and member of the climbing
elite, has spent his entire life preparing for the challenge of
reaching Mount Everest's summit. Like myriad legendary mountaineers
before him, from George Mallory to Sir Edmund Hillary, Breashears
is drawn to the sure promise of adventure and unforgiving physical
demands the world's highest mountain peak holds. For Breashears,
climbing has never been a question of bravery -- rather, it is the
pursuit of excellence and a quest for self-knowledge. And
certainly, this unending determination characterizes everything in
Breashears' life, from his climbing to his filmmaking.
In this most captivating of memoirs, Breashears looks back on
his life -- the climbing adventures, the development of his film
career, and the tragic mistakes and heroism of the now famous 1996
Everest disaster (during which nine people, including some of
Breashears' closest friends, lost their lives). Moving and
engrossing, High Exposure goes beyond Mallory's famous quip,
"Because it's there", to find meaning and hope at the top of the
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