By Sam Lightner Jr.
“Sam Lightner, Jr., combines stories of event, one ancient and the opposite modern day in his page-turner . . . With its wealthy experience of position and background, All Elevations Unknown deals an incredibly clean twist to an adventure-climbing tale.” –Climbing Magazine
In the spring of 1999, armed with little greater than an outline from a publication and a map classified “all elevations unknown,” Sam Lightner and his German rock-climbing blood brother, Volker, came upon themselves deep within the jungles of Borneo on a project to climb a mountain that was once merely rumored to exist. What little they knew concerning the mountain that they had discovered from the memoirs of significant Tom Harrisson, a British global conflict II soldier who in 1945 have been assigned the near-impossible undertaking 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 eye-catching, completely unique blend of commute experience memoir and ancient new edition, 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 staff jointly in a single of the earth’s such a lot treacherous uncharted wallet. alongside the way in which, he reconstructs a desirable historic narrative that chronicles Tom Harrisson’s adventures there in the course of the warfare and illuminates an dazzling piece of forgotten international conflict II background. Rife with suspense and brilliant element, the 2 intertwining stories open up the island of Borneo, its humans, and its heritage in a strong, unforgettable manner, taking experience writing to new heights.
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It added up to somewhere near eight-hundred pounds, and I wondered if the captain was having to fudge the numbers a bit so that all of it could be loaded on the Skyvan. Our personal clothing, toiletries, and rock climbing shoes and harnesses would be carried in our own backpacks, with the porters handling the food and most of the equipment. Each of us would carry a few extras to complement the necessities in a personal way. The film guys carried film and cameras. Scott, with the young metabolism, had a bag of energy bars.
Presumably he would be getting help from the local tribes to do this. 3. After convincing the locals that he was their friend and that they had an enemy they had never seen hundreds of miles away, he was to get them to stop supporting the enemy with food supplies. If any Allied pilots were shot down, the guerrillas were supposed to aid them and not take their heads. 4. If all that was completed and Tom was still alive, more members of Australia’s Special Reconnaissance Detachment (SRD) would drop in to support him and do sabotage work behind the Jap defenses on invasion day.
If either climber, in this case Volker or I, were to get sick with any one of the many diseases that Volker was so creatively reminding me of on a daily basis, neither of us could climb. One of us would spend the whole time sitting in the tent, listening to the other moan about diarrhea, or, according to Volker, watching him “cough up the larvae of echinococcus,” a worm that can live in your lungs. We would do all we could to keep from having our bodies invaded by nasty little bugs like the latter, but just to be safe we decided to add a climber to the team.
All Elevations Unknown: An Adventure in the Heart of Borneo by Sam Lightner Jr.