Couple of notes from the world of the outdoors…
You can remember some of the posts I made about Ed Wardle, a filmmaker who is the star of the upcoming National Geographic show “Alone in the Wild.” I had some videos posted with that one, and a Nat Geo Web site allowed viewers to follow his exploits in the backcountry of the Canadian Yukon.
The news: “Alone in the Wild” premieres at 8 p.m. Central on Sept. 23. The program will follow Wardle’s attempts to make it in the wilderness by himself. In “Survivorman” fashion, he does all the filming himself and has no on-site assistance. He did, however, keep in touch with his producers, and malnutrition forced him to end his experiement earlier than the planned three months.
Should be interesting stuff. Check it out Saturday night, ir record it on your DVR. I’ll be watching weekly, and will share my thoughts on each episode.
Anyone up for some serious adventure reading? On Oct. 13, American mountaineer Ed Viesturs’ new book comes out. Viesturs is arguably America’s finest high altitude mountaineer, having reached the summit of all 14 of the world’s 8,000 meter peaks. He’s also reached the top of Mount Everest numerous times. His previous book, “No Shortcuts to the Top,” chornicled his journey from a beginner climber to one of the world’s legends in mountaineering.
One thing he didn’t go into much detail about was his ascent of K2, the world’s second-highest mountain and considered by many to be the most dangerous. He’s does that now, and in a month everyone will be able to read about his journey to the top as well as stories about other, sometimes tragic tales from this Pakistani giant.
“K2: Life and Death and on the World’s Most Dangerous Mountain” looks like it will be intriguing. I’ve got an advance copy and will be reading it soon. I’ll do a review here when I’m finished.
I’ve got high expectations for this one. I enjoyed Viesturs’ first book, and there just doesn’t seem to be a much out there about K2. Stay tuned…
Some info on Viesturs and his latest book: