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By Scott McGee
Aug 14, 2011

Iím hoping you can help me find a story that I was exposed to in High school that apparently had a big impact on me, as I now guide in the Tetons.

I donít know the author or title of this short story that was in an English Literature (?) anthology in 10th or 11th grade.

Setting: Europe/Alps (?), in the 50ís?... Story goes like:

Old guy, mountaineer decides heís too old, and itís time to die. So heíll go climb something hard and fall off to his death.

He gets to an overhanging crux on an ice climb and is about to lose his grip.

Just then, he hears a scream and some ice falls past him.

He is needed.

He climbs through the crux and comes to the rescue of a younger couple.

Life has new meaning.

I would be very grateful if you can help me re-connect with this story.

Thanks!

All my best,

Scotty


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By Woodchuck ATC
Aug 14, 2011
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008

Banner in the Sky' by James Ramsey Ullman is the best climbing book that many have read when they were young. Not sure if that scene is from the story (it sounds familiar somehow), but 'Banner has had chapters included in middle school literature texts for quite awhile now. In paperback everywhere still today.


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By Lee Smith
Aug 14, 2011
You can love your rope but you can't "LOVE" your rope! <br />(Back by Popular Demand.  There you are Mom) <br /> <br />

"Banner in the Sky" was renamed "Third Man on the Mountain" after Disney made the movie (which is really pretty good). I looked at my copy and couldn't find this scenario anywhere. But it sure does sound Ullman-esque.


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By E Wydeven
From Austin, TX
Aug 14, 2011

This is a bit off topic, but I wanted to share it with climbers and this forum seems a good venue.

As a climber and high school English teacher I often jones for literature that expresses the feeling of climbing. I have read many climbing books and climbing stories but the one that best gets to the heart of what it feels like to climb, the scenarios that go through a climber's head while climbing, the connection to the rock and nature, and the reasons why some of us climb, are detailed in James Salter's Solo Faces. Those of you looking for some climbing fiction by a real writer who has also spent a bit of time on the rock, check it out.


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By Woodchuck ATC
Aug 14, 2011
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008

Disney may have changed the name for their film version, but the book is still under the original title. New copies available to kids through the Scholastic book club sales they hold in schools. Just saw them last year in a Jr high library.
My climbing buddy was given this book to read by his Dad when he was a kid. It sold him on trying the whole climbing thing when he got older.


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By Lee Smith
Aug 21, 2011
You can love your rope but you can't "LOVE" your rope! <br />(Back by Popular Demand.  There you are Mom) <br /> <br />

I didn't realize this was still available as "Banner in the Sky". My copy is "Third Man on the Mountain" and it has a picture of the guy who played Dano on Hawaii Five-O on the cover. He was a Disney contract actor apparently.

This book was a big inspiration to my climbing career.


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By Joe banks
Feb 4, 2013

Scott
I've been looking for that title myself for a number of years, and its NOT banner in the sky...any luck with your search yet. You may want to read "East of the Mountains" a novel by the same guy who wrote snow falling in cedars ( cant remember the name)...similar story.

Jsb


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By Royal
From Henderson, NV
Feb 4, 2013
Free Willy (Salt Point)

Woodchuck ATC wrote:
Banner in the Sky' by James Ramsey Ullman is the best climbing book that many have read when they were young. Not sure if that scene is from the story (it sounds familiar somehow), but 'Banner has had chapters included in middle school literature texts for quite awhile now. In paperback everywhere still today.


Banner is the sky is fantastic read. I loved reading that as a kid.


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By Marc H
From Lafayette, CO
Feb 4, 2013
The Cathedral Spires in RMNP, left to right: Stiletto, Sharkstooth, Forbidden Tower, Petit Grepon, The Saber, The Foil, The Moon & The Jackknife.

I've got an old copy of Third Man on the Mountain that I'm happy to donate to someone if they want it. Especially if that someone has a child they want to give it to. Just drop me a PM if you're interested.


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By Steve Bond
Feb 4, 2013
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Is this it? www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&fie>>>


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