Sixty Meters to Anywhere

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  • Title: Sixty Meters to Anywhere
  • Author: Brendan Leonard
  • ISBN: 9781680510409
  • Page: 208
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sixty Meters to Anywhere Trailer Live from Brendan Leonard on Vimeo CLICK HERE to sign up and download a free chapter from Sixty Meters to Anywhere 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 realiSixty Meters to Anywhere Trailer Live from Brendan Leonard on Vimeo CLICK HERE to sign up and download a free chapter from Sixty Meters to Anywhere 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.

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    1. Mă gândesc încontinuu la cartea asta. E atât de personală, și totuși mă regăsesc atât de bine în ea. Am înlocuit peste tot cuvântul alcool cu depresie și am avut impresia că citesc despre mine. Cățăratul e unul dintre cele mai minunate lucruri care mi s-a întâmplat și mă bucur tare mult să văd cum i-a salvat și pe alții.

    2. I came to really like Brendan's writing after a friend posted one of his posts up on Facebook. He's a common-sense, funny writer with an excellent short-form style. I picked this book up after hearing it was being released. I was surprised to find the writing, while sometimes funny, was definitely more somber, confessional and reflective. It takes guts and some writing ability to put something like this on paper and publishing it. This is an honest accounting of a flawed dude who made the best o [...]

    3. Each of us has experienced periods of our lives that are consumed by chaos. The chaos of evolving out of one's pre-teen years, the chaos of the loss of a parent, the chaos of losing a partner or love of your life, the chaos of an illness or disease dictating your path. The author was challenged with a number of years of chaos piled upon chaos, and found himself confronting a life quickly heading off the rails - until he was exposed to a new direction, one that provided a life of inspiration, exp [...]

    4. I thought this book would be about climbing with a little bit of alcoholism; as it turns out, it was about alcoholism with a little bit of climbing. It is incredibly dark, and I don't think I've ever read anything that impressed on me just how obsessive alcoholism can be, and just how much it takes over your mind, even after you quit. Details like making obsessive lists of every drink he's ever had really make this story vivid. When he first begins mountaineering, the main draw for him is the ab [...]

    5. Quick engaging read. Brendan talks about finding himself after addiction and how climbing changed his life. Climbing offers him a second chance and opens his eyes to a world he didn't know existed. The book focuses more on addiction and recovery than climbing, an important story that will give you a different perspective.

    6. I appreciated his vulnerability and honesty when discussing both his alcoholism and climbing. The references to familiar climbing areas in Colorado are fun.

    7. Easy read, but supremely interesting. Really enjoyed the author's take on life and how he finally dealt with his demons and turned his life around.

    8. Iowa is pretty great and not really like Brendan described or mentioned in the book. I will get back to that in a bit. I read this book not knowing he was from Iowa. I love adventure stories and reading about challenges and accomplishments. This book is about Brendan's drinking problem and his challenges with the addiction. His love for the outdoors/climbing helped him overcome and conquer that addiction. I loved the book and he kept me completely engaged.Iowa and/or RAGBRAI: RAGBRAI is a bicycl [...]

    9. This book is a must read if you came into the world of mountaineering or rock climbing after a series of poor life choices. If you are like me you found climbing after years of drug and alcohol use and were blown wide open at the love affair that grew in place of a former addiction you will absolutely relate. Read this book if you love memoirs, if you love climbing, if you love stories about going through darkness and making it out on the other side and not just alive but feeling alive for the v [...]

    10. A heartfelt story that is deeply personal, Sixty Meters to Anywhere is a wonderful story about finding what drives you. I've been reading semi-rad articles for about as long as the site has been around, and Brendan is a wonderful writer with a gift for telling stories. I wasn't sure what to think when I got a copy of this book, but I read it all in one sitting (on a plane, so didn't have anywhere to be), and was incredibly moved by the tale. Even if you don't have the same passion for the outdoo [...]

    11. It's tough to give a book about addiction and climbing--two topics that are quite important to me--only three stars. It's possible that my expectations were too high. As the memoir of a recovering alcoholic who discovers climbing can heal and give his life new purpose, I expected to be moved. While there were a few deep passages that I jotted down, I wasn't moved as much as I had hoped. I'm glad I read it but it was a little underwhelming.

    12. I was pretty excited about this book, but I was disappointed in the end. I'm not sure what it was. Maybe I wanted the author to go deeper into his experiences as an addict. He reflected on them, but didn't walk us through it. I am so happy he was able to discover an outlet in climbing. And his path to discovering it was not easy, so kudos to the author for clawing his way to a better life!

    13. .I live by Yosemite and thought it was a good book about climbing, but it took a turn that made me think about life and about how we live it. Reminded me about my youth and the decisions I've made.

    14. While it was a pleasant enough read, and I appreciated him sharing his experiences, it wasn’t as powerful or as moving as I wanted it to be. I felt like the stories he told could have been tied together more strongly. Still, I don’t regret reading it.

    15. I don't even drink, or climb, and this book still touched me. Love Brendan's style of writing, it's sonversational, but less cliche-ey than that sounds.

    16. PhenomenalDefinitely one of the better adventure life stories that I have read in awhile. It is absolutely worth the time and money to read.

    17. As an English major, I read a lot of books. Often I get through maybe three or five pages, and then take a break and calculate how many pages I have left. I often put books down mere minutes after I picked them up. This was not the case with Sixty Meters to Anywhere. I read the majority of this book in two long sessions, only breaking to eat and pee. Leonard's style is engaging, colloquial, and intelligent. He uses some climbing and adventure sports jargon, but doesn't crowd the text with it. Th [...]

    18. Had low expectations for this book, was surprised that after I finished the first chapter I could not put it down. Leonard manages to bring together many important themes in an easy-to-relate to way. While alcoholism and his journey as a recovering alcoholic is central to the memoir, he doesn't ever let that weigh down his writing into anything monotonous or preachy. He uses his outdoor adventures in a clever way to help symbolize the other challenges he is facing with relationships and his care [...]

    19. Brendan Leonard came and talked to the ASU Outdoors Club recently, and I bought his book after the talk. I really enjoyed his presentation and storytelling. Although the book more or less mirrored his presentation, I enjoyed it. The organization and choppiness of the chapters irritated me a bit, but I thoroughly enjoyed it otherwise. Although I can't relate to a lot of his experiences, the awe of a Midwesterner transplanted to the Wild West resonates with me. His outdoor experiences are also ver [...]

    20. I just thought it would be a book about climbing and adventure. As a recreation therapist who works in the world of addiction treatment, I truly enjoyed hearing his story and I'm happy for him. His wit and humor that I've seen in shorter articles and Instagram show through in this book as well. Definitely glad I read it.

    21. More somber than his other writing, but I think it works to his advantage. We certainly share some aspects of our respective youths. Though we ended up taking very different paths out.Glad he made it, appreciated the fortitude to write this out. Not for everyone I'd think.

    22. I really enjoy Brendan's writing style. He engages me. This book is worthy of four stars because of how he talks about his struggle with alcoholism without placing blame or feeling sorry for himself. I understood his struggle and have a better appreciation for those who struggle with addiction.

    23. An honest, and humbling story of addiction and refocusing one's life. Brendan's writing style reads as if he is having a conversation with you, making it difficult to put down. Definitely enjoyed this book and look forward to explore more of his writing.

    24. Inspiring, honest and well-written memoir. Brendan is a great story teller and takes the reader through his story of redemption.

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