All Elevations Unknown: An Adventure in the Heart of Borneo

All Elevations Unknown: An Adventure in the Heart of Borneo


“In 1999, while mankind had effectively mapped the outside of the Moon, Venus, and Mars, there have been nonetheless sections of Borneo that guy had not anything to assert approximately except ‘all elevations unknown.’”

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, chanced on themselves deep within the jungles of Borneo on a challenge to climb a mountain that used to be merely rumored to exist. that they had basically their mountain climbing services to depend on and a replica of a little-known ebook titled World Within, written via significant Tom Harrison, a British international struggle II soldier who have been one of many first white males ever to discover the inner jungles of the island and have interaction with its local peoples. He had additionally carried out some of the most bold and strange campaigns in army heritage: In 1945, he have been assigned the near-impossible challenge of parachuting blindly into the thick Borneo rain forests to unite the feuding local tribes–who then had a grisly behavior of removing heads–against the japanese on the way to reclaim the island for the Allies.

A pleasing, totally unique mix of travel-adventure memoir and historic new version, All Elevations Unknown charts Lightner’s exhilarating, frequently harrowing quest to ascend the mountain Batu Lawi within the face of leeches, vipers, and sweat bees, and to maintain his group jointly in a single of the earth’s such a lot treacherous uncharted wallet. alongside the best way, Lightner reconstructs a desirable old narrative that chronicles Tom Harrison’s adventures on Borneo through the warfare and illuminates an dazzling piece of forgotten global warfare II background. Rife with suspense and brilliant element, the 2 intertwining stories open up the island of Borneo, its humans, and its background in a robust, unforgettable means, and take event writing to new heights.

A bold twist at the travel-adventure style that locations the gifted Lightner within the ranks of authors akin to Jon Krakauer, Sebastian Junger, and Redmond O’Hanlon, All Elevations Unknown is finally the awesome tale of 2 adventurers, separated by way of fifty years and united through one mountain.

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