Paperback, 2nd edition. Includes 2013 Note from the Author
Beyond the Mountain spans 18 years of my climbing and personal life. The book starts with the dramatic tale of attempting the 13,500-foot (4,100m) high Rupal Face of Nanga Parbat (26,660′, 8125m) and ends with the story of my ultimate success on that great mountain. That 2004 attempt drove me to re-examine the highs and lows of life as experienced by a man who has set out to become the best alpinist and climber he could become. The 17 chapters in between the first and the last document the journey.
“There are no words of the “climax” on the summit, no words of victory. Instead, Steve tells about suffering through freezing cold bivouacs, the discomfort of high-altitude, the deep emptiness after a high success.”
from the foreword by Reinhold Messner
Winner of the Boardman-Tasker Prize, 2009
Winner of Best Book — Mountain Literature, Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, 2009.