Two-year Mountain: A Nepal Journey by Phil DeutschleTwo-year Mountain: A Nepal Journey by Phil Deutschle

Two-year Mountain: A Nepal Journey

byPhil Deutschle

Paperback | May 1, 2012

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Combining adventure story, travel log, and personal confession, this absorbing account describes a wrenching experience that belies the idealistic expectations of many Peace Corps volunteers. Following a stint as a volunteer teacher in a Nepalese village, Phil Deutschle sets off alone on an expedition to conquer Pharchamo, 20,580 feet high, which has claimed several lives. This trek forms the framework of the book, and into it Deutschle weaves the story of his experiences in sharply etched, swiftly moving, often humorous anecdotes.
A native Californian, Phil Deutschle is currently teaching in Salinas California. The author's other adventures have included cycling across the Kalahari and Namib deserts, getting captured by pirates while canoeing down the Congo River, hunting with Bushmen, and falling through a crevasse while ice climbing unroped in the Andes. Curr...
Title:Two-year Mountain: A Nepal JourneyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 7.75 × 5.25 × 0.68 inPublished:May 1, 2012Publisher:Bradt Travel GuidesLanguage:English

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Read from the Book

'Now I understand these past weeks of manic climbing, heedless to considerations of safety. I've been a zombie, an animated body with a mind long dead, recklessly climbing, trying to complete the small death that the departure from Aiselukharka left only half done. For six weeks I have climbed in a manner leading toward destruction, while at the same time I've reflected on the past two years in a process of reconstruction. I continue to descend.My feet are encased in overboots and crampons, and the strap around my wrist holds the ice axe. The consumption of six days of food and fuel has left my pack feeling relatively light. This combined with the downhill grade, makes progress easy. The Tasi Lapcha is behind me and I work my way down to the northwest, steering clear of the difficult sections in the center of the slope. I must occasionally backtrack in search of a better route. This is the problem with descending - you can't see the troubles until you're on top of them.As I down-climb a gully of snow, the surface abruptly gives way, opening a hole beneath me. As I fall through, my arms shoot out instinctively. My pack and elbows stop the fall, leaving me dangling chest deep. My legs kick desperately in the air, trying to catch a toehold on the side of the hidden crevasse. I hunch forward and dig in with the axe, pulling myself up and rolling sideways out of the hole. My heart beats wildly as I distribute my weight by crawling. The danger is passed before I have fully realized what happened.'

Editorial Reviews

"A remarkable book... Phil Deutschle spent a couple of years having some pretty hair-raising experiences and some rewarding experiences in Nepal... Described in very graphic and downright frightening terms." -Chris South, BBC Radio "I found The Two Year Mountain interesting as much for the writer's own growth in relating to, and valuing a culture, way of life, and traditions so totally in contrast with that of his own North American background. Clearly Phil Deutschle himself grew in moral stature during those two years, as his self questioning shows." -Lord Hunt, Leader of the First Successful Mount Everest Expedition "I have read The Two Year Mountain with pleasure." -Victor Zorza, The Times, London "Phil Deutschle manages the balancing act between frankness and self indulgence with some skill, and his book is well worth reading, especially for anyone intending to trek in Nepal. It tells you far more about that endlessly fascinating country than any half dozen of your average climbing narratives and get perhaps as close as any westerner can to an inside view of its subject. ... If you're remotely interested in the subject, this should be regarded as one of the required texts." -Jim Perrin, High Magazine, British Mountaineering Council "Written with obvious affection." -The Geographical Magazine, The Royal Geographical Society