By Sam Lightner Jr.
“Sam Lightner, Jr., combines stories of event, one historical and the opposite modern day in his page-turner . . . With its wealthy experience of position and heritage, All Elevations Unknown deals 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 categorized “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 in simple terms rumored to exist. What little they knew in regards to the mountain they'd discovered from the memoirs of significant Tom Harrisson, a British international conflict II soldier who in 1945 have been assigned the near-impossible challenge 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 appealing, completely unique blend of go back and forth experience memoir and old new version, 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 way in which, he reconstructs a desirable old narrative that chronicles Tom Harrisson’s adventures there throughout the warfare and illuminates an fabulous piece of forgotten global battle II historical past. Rife with suspense and brilliant element, the 2 intertwining stories open up the island of Borneo, its humans, and its heritage in a robust, unforgettable approach, taking event writing to new heights.
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Trying to survive in the jungle for an unspecified amount of time, with the Japanese Army on one side and Dayak headhunters on the other, seemed a near suicidal mission. The only way it had a prayer of working was if they sent in a small commando force led by someone with experience in Borneo’s interior. If possible, that man needed to speak one of its many languages. No one in the Australian Army, at least no one who they deemed qualified as a commander, fit that description. The military planners expanded the search, pulling personnel résumés from Allied forces all across the globe.
Sounds cool,” he said. “I have a possible Everest expedition scheduled then, but I’m sure I can get out of it. ” I explained that I didn’t have much information yet and that I was in the process of looking for sponsors. Chris reminded me that potential sponsors would want a formal-looking proposal complete with pictures and maybe even a bar graph or two. The North Face, the big cash cow for climbing expeditions, wouldn’t get involved if they didn’t see a lot of exposure through their participation.
Theirs had been a noble quest to save lives, but it had nevertheless been an outside influence on the culture. The next army to explore Borneo, the Japanese Imperial Army, had intentionally caused a great deal of hardship. They were followed soon after by the Allies, in the form of Tom Harrisson. He had been to Borneo on a scientific expedition, but had returned as a soldier, shepherded to the island by the world’s most lucrative sponsor, The Dogs of War. It seemed that sponsorship was as much a part of exploring Borneo as vipers and rain, so despite the advice of the old guys, I pushed on in my quest.
All Elevations Unknown: An Adventure in the Heart of Borneo by Sam Lightner Jr.