David Schaeffer Publishes Second Book: Another Five Big Mountains and Treks
ATLANTA– August 30, 2018, Miles neutral David Schaeffer, Esq. published his second book on mountain climbing: Another Five Big Mountains and Treks. The book is a guide to climbing Mt. Rainier, Everest Base Camp, Mt. Fuji, the Inca Trail/Machu Picchu, and Cho Oyu.
Another Five Big Mountains and Treks was recently featured at the Decatur Book Festival, where David also conducted a book signing. David’s first book, Five Big Mountains, covered his climbs of Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, Vinson in Antarctica, Elbrus in Russia (the top of Europe), Kosciesckzo in Australia and Pico de Orizaba in Mexico. The book sold out of its first hardback printing and is now out in paperback. Both books are available on amazon.com
David Schaeffer recounts the everyday challenges of training, traveling, and attempting to stay up with younger climbers and professional guides, in his attempt to reach the summits of Mount Rainier in Washington State, Mount Fuji in Japan, and Cho Oyu in Western China (the sixth highest mountain in the world), and to complete the strenuous treks to Everest Base Camp and Machu Picchu via the Inca Trail.
Along the way, the author discusses the frustrations of climbs interrupted by snowstorms and avalanches, the glories of reaching the summits, and ultimately his decision to turn around on Cho Oyu when blood pressure and heart rate issues increased the risk beyond acceptable levels. As in his first book, Five Big Mountains, Schaeffer’s recounting of his experiences is both wonderfully written and inspiring.
“I wrote this book from a regular guy’s perspective,” says Schaeffer, who struggled to continue climbing even with mid-life problems: age, weight, fatigue, high blood pressure, and cancer. “Each of the final four climbs described in this book occurred following my diagnosis of prostate cancer, which required one huge surgery, five follow-up surgeries, and thirty-four radiation treatments. I now consider myself to be a regular guy who likes to try to do extraordinary things even as a cancer survivor—and I will never consider myself a cancer victim. Life goes on, so enjoy the read and the adventure, and always aim for the highest heights!”
His first book Five Big Mountains covered his climbs of Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, Vinson in Antarctica, Elbrus, Kosciesckzo, Pico de Orizaba and sold out of its first hardback printing. His second book covers his treks to Everest Base Camp, Cho Oyu, Rainier, Fuji, and the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
-Excerpt from press release issued by book publisher, Mercer University Press
David has participated in hundreds of mediations and arbitrations over his career. He mediates disputes in areas of business litigation, personal injury, medical and professional malpractice actions, and employment.