A Life on the Edge: Memoirs of Everest and Beyond is Jim's courageous, no-punches-pulled autobiography and a look at a peripatetic, sometimes difficult life. Beyond the glory of the Everest summit and his other extraordinary climbing feats, including the first American summit of K2, he openly describes his personal, "everyman' experience of social upheaval in the 1960s and 70s, an early divorce, family strife, a passionate new love later in life, bankruptcy, and business triumphs and losses. Jim tells it all with verve and honesty and, true to his nature, turns every set-back into the stage for new adventure. This special 50th Anniversary Edition celebrates the story of Jim's life and features a new foreword by Ed Viesturs, as well as a new final chapter that brings readers up-to-date, including details of his trek to Everest Base Camp in 2012 and his son Leif's recent successful summits of Everest.Jim Whittaker's philosophy and the way he has lived his life is captured in his favorite phrase: "If you aren't living on the edge, you're taking up too much space.' His is a profoundly human story of success, failure, redemption, and inspiration.