Kiss or Kill: Confessions of a Serial Climber

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Extreme climber. Extreme writer. Extreme personality. Mark Twight gives a gripping account of some of his most legendary climbs.

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MARK TWIGHT is one of America's leading alpinists. His gripping accounts have been published around the world and translated into five languages. He is also the author of the best-selling book Extreme Alpinism: Climbing Light, High and Fast, from The Mountaineers Books.


Read [Kiss or Kill] if you have alpine ambitions -- or have a disturbed mind. It's a good read, and you might gleen some perspective from it. (Scree)

If you've delved into the growing body of mountaineering literature by reading books like Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air ... be forewarned: They're like Billy Joel; Kiss or Kill is like the Dead Kennedys ... Prodding the deepest recesses of fear the way he'd stab a wafer-thin ice runnel with the pick of his axe, Twight's Kiss or Kill is an engaging read. (The Vancouver Sun)

With chapter titles such as 'House of Pain' and 'I Hurt, Therefore I Am,' no one would mistake Twight for a member of the Von Trapp family. A bracing tonic for us desk-bound wussies. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

[Twight] is brutally honest, and nobody, including his friends or himself, is safe from his high standards and criticism. Many of these [collected pieces] are gems and shed new light on his earlier work... This is literature about the soul of alpinism, not a blow-by-blow account of climbing drudgery from some tourist peak bagger. (Rock & Ice)

A glimpse into the psychological reasons one person faces extreme danger. (Reference & Research Book News)

Deeply personal, arrogant, grandiose, thrilling and unapologetic, this record of [Twight's] career will gratify and repel extreme athletes, their admirers and detractors. (Publisher's Weekly)

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