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Vlad is a mechanical engineer who has retired from 27 years in the aviation industry. His experience includes engineering design, management, and international business development. He has travelled extensively throughout the world and speaks several languages. He is currently involved in several projects and enjoys reading, writing, and various outdoor activities.
on July 23, 2011 :
Extreme Trekking was an inspiration to read! I have never trekked and I’m not familiar with the sport but this book transported me to the trekker’s world where I felt as if I were living their experience. Vlad and his friends embarked on an incredible adventure that depicts life and its fragilities. He describes how life is about living and remembering the important things that life has to offer. How life is about making choices and how those choices affect you in every moment. Extreme Trekking really is about the journey, not the destination.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on April 20, 2011 :
Vladimir has done a great job with this book. As he was my client (7summits.com Expeditions), I was interested to read his account of this climb.
He described with clarity and detail why Aconcagua should not be underestimated. From a warm home it might appear like a 'walk-up' mountain, but once you are there reality hits.
Team members has to return home for various reasons, a climber from another party lost his life and the remaining members of his team hard a hard time returning to safety themselves.
Sometimes the detail is a bit too much (bowel movements and amounts of water drank), but Vladimir is honest in describing the things going on in his head as well as seemingly minor stupidities that can have great effects at altitude.
I have written a guidebook about climbing Aconcagua, but for a good preparation it is wise to read a true account like this book as well. It might prepare you for the hardships to come, so you might enjoy them once you try to climb this magnificent mountain.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)