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1. Summer of ’75—Falling in Love with High Places   1
2. Who I Am...and Who Iím Not   5
3. Baby Steps   10
4. Making the List   16
5. The Decision—Donít Tell Anyone...Yet   18
6. FWA   21
7. Iím Going to Climb Mt. Everest—Now What?   25
8. Guess Whoís Coming to Dinner?   30
9. Playing Lhotse Face in New Hampshire   33
10. If I Make High Camp, It Will Be A Success   36
11. Tears at the Airport   39
12. K-K-K-Kathmandu   42
13. Nepalís Mountain of Sorrow   45
14. Heading to Base Camp and the Dead Yak in Room 5   48
15. Iím Not Going to Make it to Base Camp   52
16. A Khumbu Wake-Up Call   57
17. A Camp 3 Wake-Up Call   64
18. Death on EverestóOur Dirty Little Secret
(And How It Could Never Happen to Me)  
73
19. Big Head Todd, the Monster   78
20. When to Go? Or, Hurry Up and Wait   81
21. Camp 3 to Camp 4—The Major Miscalculation   85
22. May 16, 2002—The Day I Stayed in the Tent   90
23. Injury to Insult   95
24. Iím Through with Big Mountains Forever—Iím Finally Cured   99
25. Cheesedick at LAX—Welcome Home   102
26. Maggieís Rebuttal   107
27. The Cure Doesnít Take   109
28. Anger Turns into Resolution   112
29. Preparing for Everest—An Adirondack Adventure   115
30. The Advantages of Failure   119
31. To Russia with Love   121
32. My Dadís Dying   125
33. Here We Go Again   131
34. Old Home Week   134
35. Trekking with a Purpose   140
36. Reindeer Copulation Hat   144
37. April Foolís Day on Chukhung Ri—Or Danís Disappointment   146
38. Back at Base Camp (Puja Time Again)   151
39. The Team   155
40. It Sucks Being Sick   159
41. First Foray   162
42. Beating Base Camp Boredom   168
43. Potty Talk   172
44. Second Foray   176
45. Life at the Khumbu Country Club   181
46. Rockiní Through the Icefall   185
47. To Camp 3   188
48. Camp 3 to Camp 4   191
49. Countdown at High Camp   194
50. Windy City   199
51. Out of the Tent   202
52. It All Started Out So Well   205
53. A Couple of Little Things Go Wrong   209
54. My Watch Says 10:30 A.M. Already   211
55. South Summit   215
56. True Summit   217
57. Iíll Just Bivy Here   222
58. Kevin, Please...   226
59. Headlamps at the Balcony   228
60. High Camp at Last   232
61. The Long, Slow Trip to Base Camp   234
62. Grown Men Crying   238
63. Permission to Feel Good   242
64. First Helicopter Ride   247
65. Donít Rot in Kathmandu   252
66. More Tears at the Airport   255
67. The True Heroes of Everest   260
68. That Guy Who Climbed Everest   263
69. Postscript: The Goodness of So Many People   267


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Chapter 32: My Dad's Dying
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