By Sam Lightner Jr.
“Sam Lightner, Jr., combines stories of experience, one historical and the opposite modern day in his page-turner . . . With its wealthy feel of position and historical past, 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 publication and a map classified “all elevations unknown,” Sam Lightner and his German rock-climbing blood brother, Volker, came across themselves deep within the jungles of Borneo on a undertaking to climb a mountain that used to be simply rumored to exist. What little they knew concerning the mountain that they had realized from the memoirs of significant Tom Harrisson, a British global struggle II soldier who in 1945 have been assigned the near-impossible project 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 pleasing, totally unique mixture of go back and forth experience memoir and ancient 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 workforce jointly in a single of the earth’s such a lot treacherous uncharted wallet. alongside the best way, he reconstructs a desirable old narrative that chronicles Tom Harrisson’s adventures there in the course of the battle and illuminates an superb piece of forgotten international conflict II background. Rife with suspense and shiny element, the 2 intertwining stories open up the island of Borneo, its humans, and its background in a strong, unforgettable approach, taking experience writing to new heights.
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Extra info for All Elevations Unknown: An Adventure in the Heart of Borneo
Tom Harrisson of the British Special Air Service, or SAS. As I pressed on through its pages, searching for clues about our mysterious spire, I found myself irresistibly drawn into one of the most amazing stories I’d read in my ten years of world travel. As the war unfolded, Allied Command in the Pacific and Indian Oceans—then comprised of American, British, Australian, and New Zealand troops—paid little attention to Borneo. It was known to be the source of most of Japan’s oil, but our policy for defeating Japan did not include retaking Borneo.
Unfortunately, the buffoonish figureheads who appear to run things, such as the vice president of the United States, do have the ability to throw wrenches into the day-to-day business of your average nation. At a gala dinner in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, held just a week after I was granted permission to climb Benerat, Al Gore insulted the prime minister of Malaysia on national TV in a way that would have made Don Rickles blush. With that, all “special favors” for Americans were rescinded, and the prime minister himself slammed the door on our climb.
Not only that, they are tough. Aussie men play football without pads and surf with great white sharks and saltwater crocodiles. Needless to say, if anyone can put up with the great hardships and obvious stresses that go with fighting a war in the jungle, it’s an Australian. Unfortunately, Ligh_0767907566_3p_01_r1_qxd 5/2/01 1:44 PM Page 21 All Elevations Unknown 21 to fight a war successfully you need plenty of knowledge about the area you are going to fight in, and the Australians didn’t have that in Borneo.