New title: Two Shadows

We’re pleased to announce the release of a new book by Charlie Winger:

Two Shadows – The inspirational story of one man’s triumph over adversity
(Table of Contents)
This autobiographical book is filled with Charlie’s adventures during 35 years of mountaineering, climbing rock & ice, and world travel. People who have met Charlie, attended one of his slideshows, or read his guidebooks will recognize his knack for telling stories. Some are hair-raising, some are a little crazy, and some will have you laughing out loud.

But Two Shadows is about more than climbing. It is the story of a boy who grew up under very bad circumstances and who made many bad choices in life — and how he “was able to so completely turn his life around, from someone who was headed on a downward spiral from which no good outcome could be expected, to the positive role model he is today…”

“Although this is an autobiography, the story Charlie tells in this book could be considered as an allegory for whatever personal summits we are attempting to scale. The mental fortitude, perseverance, and bonds of friendship needed to scale the peaks described here are no different than the qualities needed to excel in life in general. It is on the mountain that a person’s true nature is laid bare. It has been said that character is revealed not by one’s successes, but by how one responds to failure. Charlie shares with us both his successes and failures, and it is apparent that neither has done anything to diminish his indomitable spirit. It is this same spirit that has allowed him to “bounce back” (sorry Charlie) from the illness and fall that would have ended most other climbers’ careers.”

(from the Introduction by Dave Cooper)

We’re waiting for our initial inventory to arrive, and expect to start shipping around Oct. 15, 2010 from The Winger Bookstore (autographed copies)

Copies are available NOW from Amazon:

For those who use Kindle, the book will be available for downloading very soon at Amazon:

Two Shadows – Contents

What’s inside the autobiography, Two Shadows?  We’re glad you asked…


In the Beginning

Chapter 1 The Windy City
Life in the Trenches
Chapter 2 This Land of Oz
Now You See Me, Now You Don’t
Chapter 3 Crossbars Hotel
On the Inside Looking Out
Chapter 4 Free at Last
Return to Oz
Chapter 5 Second Chances
Transformation and New Beginnings

Climbing Adventures

Chapter 6 Special Relationships
Climbing Partners
Chapter 7 Ecuador – Climbs in the Andes
Cotopaxi, Chimborazo, & Tungurahua
Chapter 8 Denali – The Great One
West Rib & West Buttress
Chapter 9 Argentina – Chile
Chapter 10 Africa
Mt. Kilimanjaro & Mt. Kenya
Chapter 11 USSR – Russia – Climbs in the Pamirs
Peak Communism & Mt. Elbrus
Chapter 12 India
Chapter 13 Nepal – Climbs in the Himalaya
Annapurna Sanctuary, Fluted Peak, Gokyo Ri
Chapter 14 Peru – Climbs in the Cordillera Blanca
Pisco, Chopicalqui, Huascarán Sur
Chapter 15 Bolivia – Climbs in the Cordillera Real
Huayna Potosi, Illimani, & Condoriri
Chapter 16 European Blitz – Climbs in the Alps
Matterhorn, Mount Blanc, Grossglockner
Chapter 17 Scandinavia
Land of the Midnight Sun
Chapter 18 El Picacho del Diablo
A Devil of a Peak
Chapter 19 High Mountains & Slot Canyons
Boundary Peak & The Subway
Chapter 20 One Last Time (The Finale)
Ama Dablam & Ishinca
Chapter 21 Here, There & Everywhere
A Collection of Vignettes

Reality Check

Chapter 22 The Old One-Two Punch
The Big “C” and Falling is a Catchy Term
Chapter 23 Pardon Me?
Resolution & Rehabilitation

e-books and the future of “real” books

Now that we’ve played around with a Kindle, we’re becoming more convinced that traditional books will continue to lose market share. We read recently that Amazon is selling more Kindle downloads than hardback books now.

Still, books with photography in general and color (for the time being) in particular will certainly have more appeal in their traditional mode. 

What are your thoughts? Will physical books still be published very much 5 years from now? 10?