May 23, 2012
Climbing the Seven Summits:
A Comprehensive Guide to the Continents’ Highest Peaks
By Mike Hamill, Foreword by Phil Ershler
A lot of people have climbed with IMG Guide Mike Hamill over the years, so naturally most people see him as a guide, climber and mountaineer, but he’s got one more title to add to his growing list, author. Mike has spent the last couple years compiling notes, photos, tips, and gps waypoints; the result is a stunning 320pg. full-color book published by The Mountaineers Books.
“The amount of research, attention to detail and effort required to write this book is tough for even me to imagine. And that’s in addition to the years of training, climbing and guiding that gave Mike the experience, knowledge and skill to write informatively and intelligently about the Seven Summits, all of which put Mike in a category all his own. It’s been a pleasure to share experiences on many of the Seven with Mike and to know that we are in for a treat when Mike’s leading an expedition. ” -Phil Ershler, IMG Partner.
“Since our first trip together in 2003 (to the North Col) I have watched Mike travel the world and develop into a terrific high altitude mountain guide. It is great to see someone continue to push their limits, and writing a book certainly fits that category. This is just one more step on the journey for Mike!” -Eric Simonson, IMG Partner.
“Mike is my kind of lead guide. He guides the world’s highest peaks year after year with skill and determination and somehow always manages to place his teams in the best possible situation come summit day. Underneath his calm and easygoing demeanor is a wealth of knowledge related to high mountains. Mike shares some of what he has learned in this new book, and I for one, am looking forward to reading it cover to cover.” -George Dunn, IMG Partner.
“Mike Hamill’s consummate coverage of the Seven Summits is far more studied and detailed than anything I could have ever written. I feel deeply indebted to him for enabling me to vividly recall, roughly three decades later, each climb and to relive the insightful incidents and many magical moments which Frank Wells and I experienced and shared. Mike’s extraordinary guide will definitely encourage more left-brained, objective realists than usual to participate in the Seven Summits—along with the many right-brained, dreamer adventurers who are naturally attracted to taking such giant leaps into the unknown.” —Dick Bass, first person to climb the Seven Summits.