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When Brendan Leonard finished substance abuse treatment at age 23, he was lost. He knew what not to donot drink alcohol and not get arrested again. But no one had told him what it was that he could do. He quickly realized that he had to reinvent himself, to find something other than alcohol and its social constructions to build his life around.
A few years later, Brendan was sober and had completed a graduate degree in journalism, but he still felt he was treading water, searching for direction. Then his brother gave him a climbing rope. And along that sixty-meter lifeline, Brendan gradually found redemption in the crags of the American West. He became a climber, someone who learned to push past fear, to tough it out during long, grueling days in the mountains; someone who supported his partners, keeping them safe in dangerous situations and volatile environments; someone with confidence, purpose, and space to breathe.
Sixty Meters to Anywhere is the painfully honest story of a life changed by climbing, and the sometimes nervous, sometimes nerve-wracking, and often awkward first years of recovery. In the mountains, Leonard ultimately finds a second chance.
|Publisher:||Mountaineers Books, The|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Brendan Leonard is a writer whose work has appeared in Alpinist, Climbing, Outside, Men's Journal, High Country News, Adventure Cyclist, National Geographic Adventure, and dozens of other publications. He is a contributing editor at Climbing, Adventure Journal, and the podcast The Dirtbag Diaries. He divides his time between Denver and a roaming 2005 Chevy Astrovan.
Table of Contents
Author's Note ix
1 Loser 1
2 Reconstruction 11
3 Criminal 27
4 Big Sky 37
5 Sorry 55
6 Elevation 67
7 Oxygen 85
8 Doubt 99
9 Up 105
10 Closure 125
11 Can't 139
12 Identity 151
13 Forever 163