Sixty Meters to Anywhere (Paperback)

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If you run in outdoor social circles, you may have heard of a guy who goes by the moniker Semi-Rad. He’s an adventure and outdoor journalist known for posting minimalist, dry, witty cartoons about running and being in nature on his website and Instagram. But the guy who runs ultra-marathons and writes for Outdoor magazine started his adult life on a very different track - two DUIs, a few days in an Iowa jail cell, and court-mandated rehab. Leonard’s book reads like a confession. His musings on the reasons why he, of all people, has such a hard time with alcohol seems to touch on the common thread of the addictive personalities that seem to migrate to mountain towns. By the time I finished the last paragraph, I was itching to dust off my climbing shoes and go find a mountain that scares me. 


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When Brendan Leonard finished substance abuse treatment at age 23, he was lost. He knew what not to do--not drink alcohol and not get arrested again. But no one had told him what it was that he could do. He quickly realized that he had to reinvent himself, to find something other than alcohol and its social constructions to build his life around.

A few years later, Brendan was sober and had completed a graduate degree in journalism, but he still felt he was treading water, searching for direction. Then his brother gave him a climbing rope. And along that sixty-meter lifeline, Brendan gradually found redemption in the crags of the American West. He became a climber, someone who learned to push past fear, to tough it out during long, grueling days in the mountains; someone who supported his partners, keeping them safe in dangerous situations and volatile environments; someone with confidence, purpose, and space to breathe.

Sixty Meters to Anywhere is the painfully honest story of a life changed by climbing, and the sometimes nervous, sometimes nerve-wracking, and often awkward first years of recovery. In the mountains, Leonard ultimately finds a second chance.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781680510409
ISBN-10: 1680510401
Publisher: Mountaineers Books
Publication Date: May 1st, 2016
Pages: 208
Language: English