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 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....
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Fall of the Phantom Lord: Climbing and the Face of Fear Reviews
I became fascinated with mountain climbing after reading about the Everest climbs. This book was even better. Osman is a fascinating individual completely consumed with rock climbing. His feats of free-fall are bizarre and will leave you mezmerized. But if you test fate too much, bad things happen.
`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.
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.
I bought this book with a desire to learn more about the mind behind the man, Dan Osman. I read the book prior to Osman's accidental death rope jumping in Yosemite. I thought the book was an ok casual read, but as a long time climber, I was annoyed at the continual attempts by Todhunter to "educate" the reader with the basics of climbing and ropework. It takes away from the message the book professed to relay. I thought Todhunter delved too much into his own background to draw conclusions about Osman's motivation and life. As a reader, I wanted to hear the message from Osman himself as Todhunter was able to learn over a two year period. For people looking for GOOD writing about climbing, motivations, and feelings, go out and buy yourself any book written by David Roberts. He is a far better writer.
That's what I got from the authors take on Dan Osman. The title leads you to believe it's about Dan. That's wrong most of the time. I felt the author's main goal was to write an autobiography but believing no one would read it used Dan Osman to suck us in.
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.
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.