Kiss or Kill: Confessions of a Serial Climber PDF/EPUB

  • Paperback
  • 192 pages
  • Kiss or Kill: Confessions of a Serial Climber
  • Mark Twight
  • English
  • 10 October 2016
  • 9780898868876

10 thoughts on “Kiss or Kill: Confessions of a Serial Climber

  1. Karine Karine says:

    A peek into the mind of the oh so superior Mark Twight or is he?

  2. Eric Eric says:

    I've found Mark Twight's essays on the Gym Jones site inspirational and thought provoking I am only interested in alpine climbing inasmuch as the lessons learned about life from that discipline can be abstracted and applied to my own life In that sense Mark's book was helpful I learned what self assessment and self honesty really means Mark's a great writer and I recommend this book to anyone with a passing interest in the intersection between sport and self knowledge

  3. Tara Tara says:

    Mark Twight is an intense serious climber inspired by punk and here to provoke people I agree with almost everything he says and find him uite inspiring but his ego is pretty massive and occasionally gets irritating If punk attitude and talk of posers annoys you then you may not like this book He tells it like it is and isn't afraid to ruffle some feathers—in fact that's often his intentionA passage I thoroughly enjoyed on the high risk in alpinism and serious climbingDeath plays a huge role in why men climb in the way they climb and why some of them eventually uit climbing in the high mountains Alpinism often means high risk and the loss of life Your friends are up there in the clouds in storms swept away by avalanches or cowering under a volley of stones Perhaps they'll freeze to death at the bottom of a crevasse or sit down to rest and never get up again Alpinism is the story of men and the risks men take the ones they are eual to the ones they barely get away with and those risks that kill them It is about the obsession The danger and the glory the addiction of going harder higher longer Sometimes we get away with it when others do not Death in the mountains can be as ugly as a falling stone surprising an innocent hiker on the trail It can also be as beautiful as seven men struggling through a storm day after day giving everything they have to life and living it But one by one from cold from exhaustion from having fought so hard they die Until three remainI say this is beautiful because the greatest human act is the act of survivalI think this passage is especially relevant given the recent media attention of free soloing But I think it's also a thoughtful perspective on what makes life fulfillingOn a related note Twight rants a bit in this book I forgot to highlight where about how with advancements in technology mountaineering climbing and alpinism aren't nearly as risky or dangerous as they once were and accomplishing the same routes as climbers once did before that technology was available isn't as worthy because those who repeat them do so without commitment Totally agree it's not the same He ends this rant with a snarky comment I can take Sport Climbing—I participate Sport Alpinism though? Yeah Verm it's neitherAn example of his general attitude I found entertainingI laugh hard at French climbers and their media because too much talk and not enough action in France They spend too much time posing and not enough time training The common availability of high uality terrain causes complacency It makes them wait for perfect conditions when all the conveniences coincide before attempting a new route which makes their remaining plums ripe for plucking It just takes a bit motivation than the locals possessHonestly I've thought a little along these lines before in regards to backpacking hiking and climbing If you really love it and are psyched to get after it and be outside you won't care about the weather or the sacrifices You'll go because it's there And then you enjoy it far without the crowds of people who only can stand it with the perfect conditions In regards to climbing sometimes I think about how I live in VirginiaDC where there are next to zero outdoor opportunities nearby and if there are they are kind of garbage and others live in mountain towns surrounded by opportunities Often it seems like they don't take advantage of it while I will take a day trip driving five hours each way with little sleep just to get on some uality rockLastly I just think it's funny and cute that he lists a Soundtrack for Personal Reinvention with a list of punk songs to get rid of complacency inconsistency and incompetency in your life This dude is so over the top in a really fun way

  4. Anthony Anthony says:

    Interesting stories Mark Twight is weird and statistically should be dead The end

  5. Gabriel Lando Gabriel Lando says:

    I spent days sueezing my mind in order to reach a conclusion regarding this book Interestingly one aspect of it doesn't really depend on the book itself but on the author actually it doesn't depend on the author himself but on what he and people like him representMark Twight is a serious climber hardened by the cold defined by the ice troubled by the choice Each and every person that hits a certain plateau in climbing has to choose between keep doing it and risk everything or stop give way see the mission as accomplished Weirdly the few that do hit the life or death plateau often choose to keep climbing until they die instead of backing off Twight mentions several times that than 40 of his friends are already dead and that he's tired of finding out how much a person means to him by what he feels after he or she dies To the non climber this might sound absurd I can't imagine being in the skin of someone who doesn't understand the drive towards the mountain the need to pursue the summit the beauty that's born out of both success and failure I'm part of those who see no harm in choosing to risk life in order to reach the unimaginable state of bliss fear anxiety and relief that climbing provides It's not only worth it it's also a need a must an addiction It might be a disease since it often leads to deathReading Twight is definitely amusing Being able to relate to many situations he describes the following stories touched me deeply Glitter and Despair I Hurt Therefore I Am Heaven Never Laughed A Lifetime Before Death The Reference Point Interview with Jean Christophe Lafaille and No Time to Cry Some of those stories like No Time to Cry are an integral part of a climber's life we simply can't run away from them It's a curse that comes with the choice of being in the mountainsMy problems with the book summarized in Twights' own words are we all pass judgement when we feel threatened I suppose this is human nature and might never change Well Twight might feel threatened all the time then As a individualistic activity climbing opens the door to extreme egocentrism the sport is rotting from the inside Twight is at least honest enough to admit he suffers deeply from this but most of the time he's ranting about other climbers' actions instead of his own Even though I agree with 99% of his ranting I could not believe his level of self proclamation in some passages such as the torch of alpine climbing has been passed to me or as a leading role model I had to give the best example I simply cringed having to sometimes interrupt the reading due to the high levels of sheer disgust his words caused in me I don't dispute any of his ascents nor undervalue Twight as a climber but I think being humble is not only sophisticated but also even admirable when you're such a top notch climber Humbleness only adds value and if people find out the route you opened up in the Himalayas is a grade 9 by trying it they'll be even surprised than if they found out by reading a stupid article where you undervalue their ascents and overvalue yours Twight goes from blaming good ice conditions to better euipment by people that are climbing harder than him and at the same time complains about how the ego war is strong within the climbing community Well guess what? This book contributes to inflate a culture of egocentric narcissistic people that have a strong pull in the direction of advertising their success by downgrading everything elseIn resume if the book was constituted by the stories I mentioned I'd have given it a 5 star rating Some of the stories I didn't mention were 5 stars that is some of the worst pieces of text I've ever read Twight thinks people dislike his stories because they might be too honest for them but I insist that's not the case I disliked most of his stories mainly because I felt like his ego was wiping its ass with my eyes

  6. Sam Ritchie Sam Ritchie says:

    Mark is an intense dude a punk who wants to wake you up and force you to examine your motivations and kill activities that you're not willing to pursue with full force It's a tough ideal to matchThis book spoke to me as someone making the first steps toward bigger adventures in the mountains and out of training against a stopwatch on limited tracks I'm in awe of the big mountains but I don't really know what it takes to succeed there or even have a framework for what that meansKiss or Kill is a collection of essays describing Twight's growth as an alpinist; significant climbs the friends he's lost and the relationships he's shattered to continue to climb hard In a number of the essays he hints that he knows he's a little bit of a caricature and goes a little overboard to wake up the reader Still the honesty in the book and the uncomfortable feeling of reading someone not afraid to tell you you're wasting your fucking time was welcomeCheck it out if you're interested in what drives someone to go into the mountains and suffer Then read Steve House's Beyond the Mountain I enjoyed seeing Steve and other characters he mentions through Mark's eyes and vice versa Definitely goes on the adventure list though maybe not as comfort reading on some gnarly first alpine adventure

  7. Alex Rogers Alex Rogers says:

    Interesting entertaining and at times very absorbing this is a decent read for climbers I wouldn't recommend it outside those interested in climbing or extreme sports Twight eventually annoyed me with his extreme attitude towards risk fulfilling ones potential etc and his evident enjoyment in taking extreme positions to gain a reaction He is undoubtedly brave and a very serious climber and so has earned insights into himself that few people do But he extrapolates from that into extreme positions that few people will agree with and fewer survive

  8. Jen Jen says:

    Rather than gorgeous vistas or morality tales this book gets at the insanity that motivates some climbers that drive that just won't shut up This book made me feel sane than most

  9. Ethan Ethan says:

    I first heard of Mark Twight back into 2010 through Gym Jones a cultgym in Salt Lake City Their approach to and mindset about training was uite different from Globo Gyms of course and even other non conventional training methods like Crossfit You can see about Gym Jones philosophy hereKiss or Kill is not a traditional book but rather a series of Twight's essays concatenated together with pictures of various mountains climbing and other things such as this photo captioned Saying hello and goodbye to France and the press in general These essays were all penned pre 2001 publication date so Twight includes a 2000 Author's Note at the end of each to reflect on what he thinks of the essays now and anything left unwrittenThe essays are a combination of Twight's philosophy and climbing stories with his philosophy indirectly explained His obsession that's what it is no less with climbing is impressive He ruined relationships both friendships and marriages and risked in his life many a time in pursuit of pushing the limits of alpining He remains cognizant of his decisions and how they affected both himself and others yet continues in this fashion to keep doing what he loves climbing mountainsHis writing is surprisingly good both in describing his thought processes and the insane climbs he and others completed and attemptedTwitching With Twight 5 min read does the best job of describing Twight's philosophy without embedding it into a climbing story Twight lives by this without deviation He learned the reality of his own selfishness He lived with commitment to his climbing career and nothing else Most importantly he lived for himself and no one else not surprisingly he acknowledges Ayn Rand at the endOverall any mountaineeralpinist would likely enjoy this book for its history aspect Twight made the first ascents on uite a few routes while non climbers may still find it interesting for its imagery Climbing aside everyone can learn something from his philosophy

  10. Mihai Mihai says:

    I had long heard the praises sang to this collection of magazine articles and opinion pieces from one of the premier American climbers of the 1980s and 1990s and one of the strongest exponents of the alpine style Kiss or Kill didn't blow me away in terms of content though Twight is an excellent writer riding a fine ability to convey his thinking and his honesty into engaging and at times hilarious prose But ultimately the book is unable to become than just the sum of its parts; there's nothing bringing it together so to speak it The earlier essays are not much than the rantings of an angry young man who tries to harness his inner drive by taking on increasingly extreme challenges that he survives either by luck or by will Unfortunately a life constantly on the edge is not sustainable a conclusion he arrives at as he is getting older and the number of friends or fellow climbers that perish in the mountains increasesIt is somewhat ironic to reconcile the idealist climber from 20 years ago with the today's owner of Gym Jones a high end fitness business that caters mainly to Hollywood film making industry The firm commitment to the purity of the alpine style as emphasized over and over again in Kiss or Kill is not as appealing when one realizes that top mountaineering reuires acceptance of commercial sponsorship at least in getting around the worldTwight's contribution to climbing is undeniable and was finally recognized in 2016 when he was awarded the by the American Alpine Club The writings in this book provide a fascinating insight into how Twight became a climbing legend being willing to take incredible risks while also benefiting from an incredible dose of luck

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Kiss or Kill: Confessions of a Serial Climber➵ Kiss or Kill: Confessions of a Serial Climber Read ➼ Author Mark Twight – 2001 Banff Mountain Literature Award WinnerMark Twight's collected works some never before published in North America Includes dramatic black and white mountaineering photos Features brand new epilogu Banff Mountain Kill: Confessions MOBI · Literature Award WinnerMark Twight's collected works some never before published in North America Includes dramatic black and white mountaineering photos Features brand new epilogues to all of the stories They call him Dr Doom Raving and kicking against mediocrity his anger and pain simmer close to the surface He speaks and writes the language of the punk music that defined him He is extreme alpinist Mark Twight and he doesn't back down from the truth He's a one man literary punk band If you have any doubt here Kiss or PDF \ comes his knockout punch the only collection of writing Twight swears he'll ever publish Kiss or Kill Confessions of a Serial Climber is raw unfiltered Twight These author's cut are the real deal not the homogenized fluff or Kill: Confessions of a Epub / offered up by magazine editors who are often unwilling to offend Twight's words make it clear that climbing is only distantly about the summit Several of these pieces are new to US readers Twight edited all of the selections and appended each with a current author's note; confessing his inspiration events that followed and lessons or Kill: Confessions PDF ↠ learned or not learned some might say It adds up to a frightfully lucid look into Twight's personal life as both man and hardcore alpine climber The dissection scares me sometimes Whether railing against the spinelessness of American siege style mountaineering admitting addiction to pushing the bounds of the possible or reveling in his ability to cut away anything in life that holds him back Twight never blinks Along the way there is the drama of new and epic routes unbreakable bonds between climbing partners and Twight's evolution as a climber and or Kill: Confessions of a Epub / a man He tells every story in a uniue in your face styleKiss or Kill is not an easy read It may scare some readers but that's the point I want this book to help you recognize your own anger which will help you understand mine says Twight Somewhere out there somebody understands these words and knows they matter They were written in blood learned by heart.