John Quillen


I am a lover of all things outdoors and occasional chaser of big mountains. My home is in the Southern Appalachians where I channel the energy of what was once the tallest chain of peaks on this earth.

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Father of Ice Mountains
Price: $6.00 USD. Words: 25,140. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Mountaineering
A 2011 ski ascent of 24,747 foot Muztagh Ata in the Chinese Pamirs. We follow in the footsteps of legendary climber Eric Shipton for an expedition to the top of the "Ice Mountain Father". Frostbite and fistfights are all part of the landscape here in China's back of beyond.
Tempting the Throne Room
Price: $6.00 USD. Words: 39,350. Language: American English. Published: October 10, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Mountaineering, Nonfiction » Travel » By region
2013 was the deadliest season ever seen in the Karakoram. When John Quillen found his climbing partner lying face down with a shattered leg in the snow high on the flanks of Broad Peak, the drama had just begun. See what transpired through first hand accounts of the deaths of three team members on this ill fated expedition to the Throne Room of the Mountain Gods.

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  • Denali Nights: A Commercial Expedition to Climb Mt McKinley's West Buttress on Nov. 13, 2014

    Mark captures the essence of ascending the "High One" from basic expedition routine to the anguish of weather and personalities when roped in close proximity for weeks. I always know when I am reading Mark's accounts, they are candid and humorous. His breadth of experience shows in his writing style. My only complaint is that he doesn't charge enough for his writing. How the hell can you expect to finance the next climb when you give away your stories! Great reading, as usual, from a great writer.