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The title of this book "Fall of the Phantom Lord" is sadly prophetic.

eloquently charts his own journey from rebellious recklessness to the far more awesome challenges of real-life responsibility. -Richard Meryman, author of Andrew Wyeth: A Secret Life. Some of the freshest and most original writing about climbing in recent memory. -David Roberts, author of The Mountain of My Fear and Moments of Doubt. The title of this book "Fall of the Phantom Lord" is sadly prophetic. Dan Osman fell about 1,200 feet to his death earlier this week while attempting a controlled free-fall from Leaning Tower, Yosemite National Park. My understanding is he was attempting to break his own 1000-foot record set the day before.

Start by marking Fall of the Phantom Lord: Climbing and . Todhunter's book gives the impression of Dan Osman as an innate outlaw. I thought this book taught me a lot about climbing and the kind of thinking that takes over a climbers mind.

Start by marking Fall of the Phantom Lord: Climbing and the Face of Fear as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. Dan comes across as a fugitive, from the law, from life, and sometimes from the author. Perhaps this is because of the criminalisation of climbers, slackliners and BASE jumpers, but maybe there's something more. It talks about fear, and the balance between aliveness and recklessness.

Andrew Todhunter lives in Northern California with his wife and two children. A freelance journalist who has written frequently for The Atlantic, he is the author of Fall of the Phantom Lord and Dangerous Games. ▲. Have a question about this product? Ask us here. Find Related Products.

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Osman, Da. Mountaineering - United States. inlibrary; printdisabled; ; ctlibrary; china; americana. 210 pp. New York: Anchor Books/Doubleday. I have a friend who, for no apparent sane reason, climbs radio towers. He says he does it ''to confront some of my fear issues. He should read ''Fall of the Phantom Lord. In this book, Andrew Todhunter focuses on a world-class rock climber named Dan Osman. In 1989, while lunging for holds on overhanging rock, Todhunter writes, ''Osman took fall after fall.

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Written by. Andrew Todhunter. Manufacturer: Anchor Books Release date: 1 September 1999 ISBN-10 : 0385486421 ISBN-13: 9780385486422. add. Separate tags with commas, spaces are allowed. Use tags to describe a product . for a movie Themes heist, drugs, kidnapping, coming of age Genre drama, parody, sci-fi, comedy Locations paris, submarine, new york.

In 1989, while attempting a new route on a difficult overhanging rock face, climber Dan Osman fell. Again and again, protected by the rope, he fell.

In 1989, while attempting a new route on a difficult overhanging rock face, climber Dan Osman fell. Again and again, protected by the rope, he fell. He decided then that it would not be in climbing but in falling that he would embrace his fear--bathe in it, as he says, and move beyond it.A captivating exploration of the daredevil world of rock climbing, as well as a thoughtful meditation on the role of risk and fear in the author's own life.In the tradition of the wildly popular man-versus-nature genre that has launched several bestsellers, Andrew Todhunter follows the lives of world-class climber Dan Osman and his coterie of friends as he explores the extremes of risk on the unyielding surface of the rock.Climbing sheer rock faces of hundreds or thousands of feet is more a religion than a sport, demanding dedication, patience, mental and physical strength, grace, and a kind of obsession with detail that is crucial just to survive. Its artists are modern-day ascetics who often sacrifice nine-to-five jobs, material goods, and the safety of everyday life to pit themselves and their moral resoluteness against an utterly unforgiving opponent.In the course of the two years chronicled in Fall of the Phantom Lord, the author also undertakes a journey of his own as he begins to weigh the relative value of extreme sports and the risk of sudden death. By the end of the book, as he ponders joining Osman on a dangerous fall from a high bridge to feel what Osman experiences, Todhunter comes to a new understanding of risk taking and the role it has in his life, and in the lives of these climbers.Beautifully written, Fall of the Phantom Lord offers a fascinating look at a world few people know. It will surely take its place alongside Into Thin Air and The Perfect Storm as a classic of adventure literature.

Comments: (7)

Fonceiah
`Fall of the Phantom Lord', rather than being a traditional biography of Dan Osman, leans more towards being a memoir of the authors time spent with Osman. It pays to be aware of this before you buy this book because although this book is good and relatively well written there is very little exploration of Osman's background or life in general and plenty of focus on what the author thinks about various subjects. There was even quite a large chunk of the book that looked at the authors experience riding motorcycles and his own feelings on fear. This may have been interesting to read but not what I signed up for when buying a book about Osman. The parts where Osman features are very interesting and his dedication to his sport is obvious at every point. He has become an inspiration to many climbers since his untimely death and you can see why when you read of his constant drive to grow and develop. His exploits with bridge jumping make for hair raising reading and I couldn't imagine the bottle it must take to do something like that. There are no photos in this book which isn't a major issue, but they are something I have become accustomed to in other climbing books. If you want a book about climbing in general then there are better ones to start with before you come to this (Psychovertical by Andy Kirkpatrick is highly recommended) but if you want to read about Osman specifically then this is the place to go, it is the only one of it's kind as far as I'm aware.

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Bajinn
If you are expecting a biography of Dan Osman, this really isn't it. Although the author gives details of Osman's life, the book is really about the author's own journey; balancing his risk-taking activities with family responsibilities and his relationship with Dan Osman. The Phantom Lord is a metaphor the author uses for one's own fear; ie the book is about the author and Osman dealing with their fears. Therefore, the book is half about Osman and half about the author. For what it delivers, the book is very well written. In retrospect to Osman's subsequent death, it is very interesting. If you are uninterested in the author's journey, as I was, the sections where he talks about himself are easily skipped. The parts, about Osman, that I found interesting are fairly short and I'd recommend climbers to borrow it. He spends quite a number of pages explaining various climbing terms; therefore, I'd also recommend it to the general reader for its excellent writing.
GWEZJ
Sadly, I received the book as a gift from my son after Dan passed away. My son is the Jason mentioned. Until I read Andrew's details I guess I chose not to think about what they were doing. My son along with Dan's other climbing friends are taking his death badly. Dan left a 12 year old daughter, Emma. Jason and Dan's friends held a raffle just before Christmas to try and help with Emma's upcoming education. They plan to have another shortly.
My son's comment to me upon telling me of Dan's death was that Dan was "the expert" and he would never think of doing the free falling, or base jumping without Dan's expertise. Thank you Andrew Todhunter for your book and for enlightening me on exactly what my son has been doing. I can only pray that the deaths stop with Dan.
Kelerius
The title of this book "Fall of the Phantom Lord" is sadly prophetic. Dan Osman fell about 1,200 feet to his death earlier this week while attempting a controlled free-fall from Leaning Tower, Yosemite National Park. My understanding is he was attempting to break his own 1000-foot record set the day before.
I know Dan's father. No doubt this book's tribute to his son's skill and daring means a great deal to him. Dan died where he wanted to be, doing what he loved to do. He celebrated life to the fullest and put his own unique value upon it. In the years to come without him, I hope his family will find some comfort in this knowledge.
Grosho
Todhunter's book is well written and gripping. In the light of Osman's subsequent death, it's tempting to read foreshadowings of doom into the story: Does Osman's forgetting an appointment with Todhunter presage some kind of deterioration on his part, perhaps contributing to his fatal fall? Truthfully, probably not, but it's impossible not to speculate.
The fact that Todhunter is a recreational, not a fanatical, climber, makes the book more accessible and keeps him from sensationalizing the sport as a whole. Still, many people seem not to realize, and it's worth reiterating, that Osman died rope jumping, not rock climbing.
This book is definitely worth your time.
Gandree
THE LIFE OF DAN OSMAN, IS A LIFE AS EXCITING AS IT GETS. A GREAT BOOK ABOUT A MODERN DAY PIONEER, WHO WAS AS GREAT OF A PERSON AS YOU COULD FIND. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK. IT HELPS YOU GET UP IN THE MORNING TO SET A GOAL YOU ONCE THOUGHT UNATTAINABLE. I LOVED IT!
Goldfury
Toddhunter's conjuring gift is unparalleled. His verbal portraits of settings and situations are incredibly vivid. His ability to capture the nigh mistical qualities of climbing along with the faith and reverence held by the climbers themselves is astonishing. As a climber, I was repeatedly amazed as Toddhunter managed to capture, isolate, and articulate the philosophics of climbing. We know we are reading a book by someone who understands. His portrait of a modern hero is truly moving. By the time you finish the book, it will have changed you for the better. Fantastic.
The book is easy to follow and is interesting, but it's not entirely about Dan Osman, around half of it is just autobiography of the writer itself. At the begging it makes sense for the author to write about his experience, but after a while it just gets too much!

It wasn't exactly what I was expecting.
Fall of the Phantom Lord: Climbing and the Face of Fear download epub
Writing Research & Publishing Guides
Author: Andrew Todhunter
ISBN: 0385486421
Category: Reference
Subcategory: Writing Research & Publishing Guides
Language: English
Publisher: Anchor; 1st edition (August 17, 1999)
Pages: 224 pages