By Sam Lightner Jr.
“Sam Lightner, Jr., combines stories of experience, one ancient and the opposite modern day in his page-turner . . . With its wealthy experience of position and background, All Elevations Unknown bargains 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 ebook and a map categorised “all elevations unknown,” Sam Lightner and his German rock-climbing blood brother, Volker, came upon themselves deep within the jungles of Borneo on a undertaking to climb a mountain that was once basically rumored to exist. What little they knew concerning the mountain that they had discovered from the memoirs of significant Tom Harrisson, a British global battle 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 attempt to reclaim the island for the Allies.
A attractive, completely unique mix of go back and forth event memoir and old new edition, All Elevations Unknown charts Lightner’s exhilarating and every now and then 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, he reconstructs a desirable ancient narrative that chronicles Tom Harrisson’s adventures there through the warfare and illuminates an unbelievable piece of forgotten global conflict II heritage. Rife with suspense and brilliant aspect, the 2 intertwining stories open up the island of Borneo, its humans, and its historical past in a strong, unforgettable means, taking event writing to new heights.
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Extra info for All Elevations Unknown: An Adventure in the Heart of Borneo
In 1945, Borneo, all 287,000 square Ligh_0767907566_3p_01_r1_qxd 5/2/01 1:44 PM Page 23 All Elevations Unknown 23 miles of it, was almost completely covered by dense forest that would rip a parachute apart well before a man reached the ground safely. A few large clearings were near the coasts, but they would no doubt be patrolled and monitored by the Japanese. The interior held few clearings large enough for parachutists to aim for, and even if they found one there were other considerable dangers.
The rajahs never kept the tribes from knowing about the outside world, but they refused to let its more pushy forces, such as missionaries, work their way through the interior. Even scientists, like Alfred Wallace, who by the late nineteenth century were becoming quite interested in Borneo, were often kept at bay and rarely given the right to enter. Sadly, this protection came to an end on Christmas Day, 1941. Without doubt the ugliest part of Sarawak’s history began that day in 1941 when the Japanese invaded.
I haven’t gotten my license yet, but I’m pretty close. ” “Oh, that’s fine,” he replied while walking out to see how the loading of our bags was going. “You’re qualified to fly the Skyvan. ” he yelled over his shoulder. Volker and I both nodded at his humor, thinking of the bits of abuse we had hurled at nervous novice climbers from time to time. Thinking back over what I knew of the flight into the Kelabit Highlands, I was reminded that our position was fairly tame compared to what Tom Harrisson had gone through to arrive in Bario.
All Elevations Unknown: An Adventure in the Heart of Borneo by Sam Lightner Jr.