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The Escapist

How One Man Cheated Death on the World's Highest Mountains

About the Book

Survival comes at a price

In The Escapist, one of Canada’s foremost mountaineers, Gabriel Filippi, shares a life spent in and out of the Death Zone and proves an old axiom true: no climber returns from a summit the same person as when he began his ascent.

The Escapist is an unflinching account of extreme feats and devastating loss that takes you to six continents as Filippi dissects both what it takes to get to the top of the world, and what that quest takes out of you. Over the course of twenty years spent scaling the world’s highest peaks, Filippi has repeatedly cheated death. From a Taliban attack on a mountainside in northern Pakistan that felled ten of his climbing companions to the deadliest disaster in Everest’s history, Filippi has survived again and again.

A story about human perseverance and triumph in the pursuit of one man’s dreams, The Escapist helps to explain why some people will never give up on trying to climb to the top of the world.

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Critical Praise

“An incredible and harrowing narrative about the struggle between life and death as a climber. Risk and death come in many forms. It’s rarely what you might expect.” —Jimmy Chin, climber, photographer and filmmaker

“Most grand adventure stories tell you what they did. A very few try to get at why they did it, and how it changed them. Gabriel Filippi’s story is a profound exploration of the second kind.” —--Cathal Kelly, The Globe and Mail

“When I met Gabriel Filippi in April 2000, he was a man in search of himself. He’s since travelled an astonishing arc, coming face to face with nature’s sublimity and the cruel indifference of fate. The Escapist will amaze you.” —--Charlie Gillis, Maclean's

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443450171
  • ISBN 10: 1443450170
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 10/17/2017
  • Pages: 400
  • List Price: 19.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Adventurers & Explorers
  • BISAC2: TRAVEL / Special Interest / Adventure

The Escapist by Gabriel Filippi, Brett Popplewell

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