All Elevations Unknown: An Adventure in the Heart of Borneo by Sam Lightner Jr.

By Sam Lightner Jr.

“Sam Lightner, Jr., combines stories of experience, one historical and the opposite modern day in his page-turner . . . With its wealthy experience of position and heritage, All Elevations Unknown deals a shockingly clean twist to an adventure-climbing tale.” –Climbing Magazine

In the spring of 1999, armed with little greater than an outline from a booklet and a map classified “all elevations unknown,” Sam Lightner and his German rock-climbing blood brother, Volker, stumbled on themselves deep within the jungles of Borneo on a challenge to climb a mountain that was once in simple terms rumored to exist. What little they knew in regards to the mountain they'd discovered from the memoirs of significant Tom Harrisson, a British international struggle II soldier who in 1945 were assigned the near-impossible venture of parachuting blindly into the thick Borneo rainforest–where the natives had a grisly behavior of removing heads–to try and reclaim the island for the Allies.

A appealing, completely unique mixture of shuttle experience memoir and ancient new version, All Elevations Unknown charts Lightner’s exhilarating and from time to time harrowing quest to ascend the mountain Batu Lawi within the face of leeches, vipers, and sweat bees, and to maintain his workforce jointly in a single of the earth’s so much treacherous uncharted wallet. alongside the best way, he reconstructs a desirable ancient narrative that chronicles Tom Harrisson’s adventures there in the course of the struggle and illuminates an wonderful piece of forgotten global warfare II historical past. Rife with suspense and shiny aspect, the 2 intertwining stories open up the island of Borneo, its humans, and its background in a robust, unforgettable approach, taking event writing to new heights.

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During the wars fought in Italy from 1494 both Germans and Swiss got as far over the Alps and into the Lombard plain as they could; Mountains split countries, but they did not suggest limits to expansion. Even tries the sea did not stop Henry VII from still considering Calais a part of England and trying to add Boulogne, or Aragon from seeking to control the kingdom of Naples. Theorists, again, tried to claim that language acted as a natural frontier; but in praaice no ruler used this argument as more than an excuse for conquest; even within individual nations there was no fepling tiat all the subjects of one prince should speak the same language.

For time to come, on the other hand, there were no guide lines save those, potentially ominous, projected forward by the church. There was no concept of secular progress save in the sense of a more effective (to take a recovery of the past : the consolation of ancient wisdom, the spur to emulate ancient achievements. There was no notion that man could improve creased, disease routed, his physical lot, that food could life made more convenient or be in- com- Both the humanitarian and the technological motives for planning hopefully for the future were lacking.

On the other hand the possession of an acquired skill and the ability to serve an apprenticeship, did make travelling worth while. An analysis of two London companies showed that nearly half their apprentices had come from northern England. Some men could travel, indeed had to travel, in the fairly confident expectation of being employed. Village clocks were made by itinerant clockmakers and churches often by itinerant masons: the great mosques of Contantinople were built by renegade Christians, just as the guns that had shattered the city wall in 1453 had been forged by renegade Christian gunsmiths.

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