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Last Breath - The Limits of Adventure

Peter Stark

Sudden, extreme deaths have always fascinated us-- and now more than ever as athletes and travelers rise to the challenges of high-risk sports and journeys on the edge. In this spellbinding book, veteran travel and outdoor sports writer Peter Stark reenacts the dramas of what happens inside our bodies, our minds, and our souls when we push ourselves to the absolute limits of human endurance. Combining the adrenaline high of extreme sports with the startling facts of physiological reality, Stark narrates a series of outdoor adventure stories in which thrill can cross the line to mortal peril. Each death or brush with death is at once a suspense story, a cautionary tale, and a medical thriller. Stark describes in unforgettable detail exactly what goes through the mind of a cross-country skier as his body temperature plummets-- apathy at ninety-one degrees, stupor at ninety. He puts us inside the body of a doomed kayaker tumbling helplessly underwater for two minutes, five minutes, ten minutes. He conjures up the physiology of a snowboarder frantically trying not to panic as he consumes the tiny pocket of air trapped around his face under thousands of pounds of snow. These are among the dire situations that Stark transforms into harrowing accounts of how our bodies react to trauma, how reflexes and instinct compel us to fight back, and how, why, and when we let go of our will to live. In an increasingly tamed and homogenized world, risk is not only a means of escape but a path to spirituality. As Peter Stark writes, "You must try to understand death intimately and prepare yourself for death in order to live a full and satisfying life." In this fascinating, informative book, Stark reveals exactly what we're getting ourselves into when we choose to live-- and die-- at the extremes of endurance. From the Hardcover edition.

Sudden, extreme deaths have always fascinated us-- and now more than ever as athletes and travelers rise to the challenges of high-risk sports and journeys on the edge. In this spellbinding book, veteran travel and outdoor sports writer Peter Stark reenacts the dramas of what happens inside our bodies, our minds, and our souls when we push ourselves to the absolute limits of human endurance. Combining the adrenaline high of extreme sports with the startling facts of physiological reality, Stark narrates a series of outdoor adventure stories in which thrill can cross the line to mortal peril. Each death or brush with death is at once a suspense story, a cautionary tale, and a medical thriller. Stark describes in unforgettable detail exactly what goes through the mind of a cross-country skier as his body temperature plummets-- apathy at ninety-one degrees, stupor at ninety. He puts us inside the body of a doomed kayaker tumbling helplessly underwater for two minutes, five minutes, ten minutes. He conjures up the physiology of a snowboarder frantically trying not to panic as he consumes the tiny pocket of air trapped around his face under thousands of pounds of snow. These are among the dire situations that Stark transforms into harrowing accounts of how our bodies react to trauma, how reflexes and instinct compel us to fight back, and how, why, and when we let go of our will to live. In an increasingly tamed and homogenized world, risk is not only a means of escape but a path to spirituality. As Peter Stark writes, "You must try to understand death intimately and prepare yourself for death in order to live a full and satisfying life." In this fascinating, informative book, Stark reveals exactly what we're getting ourselves into when we choose to live-- and die-- at the extremes of endurance. From the Hardcover edition.
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Travel

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Sudden, extreme deaths have always fascinated us-- and now more than ever as athletes and travelers rise to the challenges of high-risk sports and journeys on the edge. In this spellbinding book, veteran travel and outdoor sports writer Peter Stark reenacts the dramas of what happens inside our bodies, our minds, and our souls when we push ourselves to the absolute limits of human endurance. Combining the adrenaline high of extreme sports with the startling facts of physiological reality, Stark narrates a series of outdoor adventure stories in which thrill can cross the line to mortal peril. Each death or brush with death is at once a suspense story, a cautionary tale, and a medical thriller. Stark describes in unforgettable detail exactly what goes through the mind of a cross-country skier as his body temperature plummets-- apathy at ninety-one degrees, stupor at ninety. He puts us inside the body of a doomed kayaker tumbling helplessly underwater for two minutes, five minutes, ten minutes. He conjures up the physiology of a snowboarder frantically trying not to panic as he consumes the tiny pocket of air trapped around his face under thousands of pounds of snow. These are among the dire situations that Stark transforms into harrowing accounts of how our bodies react to trauma, how reflexes and instinct compel us to fight back, and how, why, and when we let go of our will to live. In an increasingly tamed and homogenized world, risk is not only a means of escape but a path to spirituality. As Peter Stark writes, "You must try to understand death intimately and prepare yourself for death in order to live a full and satisfying life." In this fascinating, informative book, Stark reveals exactly what we're getting ourselves into when we choose to live-- and die-- at the extremes of endurance. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Length:

6h 1m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:48


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:11


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:23


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:05


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:51


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:45


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:19


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:38


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:40


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:17


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:55


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:59


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:05


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:30


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:42


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:56


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:49


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:42


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:49


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:35


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:07


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:09


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:04


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:07


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:52


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:52


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:42


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:54


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:08


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:04


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:46


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:01


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:44


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:03


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:52


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:17


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:42


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:41


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:39


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:39


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:15


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:50


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:58


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:00


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:55


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:01


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:33


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:21


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:33


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:29


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:27


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:10


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:09


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:54