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Leif Whittaker - My Old Man and the Mountain

Event date: 
03/25/2017 - 7:00pm

Book Talk
Leif Whittaker, author of 
My Old Man and the Mountain
RESCHEDULED for 
Sat. March 25th at 7pm
at Columbia Center for the Arts (215 Cascade Ave)
Co-Sponsored by Waucoma Bookstore, Columbia Center for the Arts and Double Mountain Brewery

Waucoma Bookstore, Columbia Center for the Arts and Double Mountain Brewery are hosting author Leif Whittaker for a book talk on Sat,, March 25th at 7pm at Columbia Center for the Arts (215 Cascade St., Hood River).  Whittaker will be discussing his memoir My Old Man and the Mountain  My Old Man and the Mountain is Leif Whittakers’ 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.  This community event is free and open to the public. 

About the Book

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 a hero.

My Old Man and the Mountain, is Leif Whittakers’ 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 the 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 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.

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.

Join Leif and Waucoma Bookstore for a book signing in the Lobby after the event. This evening is graciously sponsored by Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom.

About the Author

Leif Whittaker was born in Port Townsend, WA, at the foot of the Olympic Mountains. He reached his first major summit when he was 15 years old; he has since climbed many of the world’s tall mountains. A writer and photographer, Leif’s work has appeared in Powder, The Ski Journal, and Backcountry. Leif lives in Bellingham, WA, and is a seasonal USFS climbing ranger on Mt. Baker. Visit him online here.

 

 

My Old Man and the Mountain: A Memoir Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781680510683
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mountaineers Books - October 1st, 2016

Event address: 
Columbia Center for the Arts
215 Cascade Ave
Hood River, OR 97031