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In-store Event: A Fine Line by Graham Zimmerman

October 17, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Please join us for this in-store author event. Tickets can be purchased through the Eventbrite link here OR in the bookstore. Please call 541.306.6564 with any questions.

How do we reconcile our love of outdoor adventure with the inevitability of loss in high-risk sports? Still in his thirties, Graham Zimmerman has made first ascents from Alaska to Pakistan, and in 2020 he received the Piolet d’Or for his climb on Pakistan’s Link Sar with Steve Swenson. A sponsored athlete who is sought out as a climbing partner, Zimmerman knows that he must find a balance between his ambitions as an alpinist and his social responsibilities–as a husband, climate advocate, and community leader. His generation has faced devastating grief in the mountains, and his cohort has witnessed firsthand the effects of climate change in the form of disappearing glaciers and increasingly erratic weather. Zimmerman writes of the exhilaration he feels while climbing but also the painful realization that summiting at all costs is an outdated model. As A Fine Line traces Graham’s journey, mountain lovers everywhere will see themselves in this coming-of-age story of adventure and personal reckoning.

“Vivid descriptions of climbs and conditions are thoughtfully paired with the author’s growth as a sportsman and a person. Highly recommended for readers of memoirs, sports narratives, and outdoor adventures.” -Catherine Lantz / Library Journal

A Fine Line reveals the realities of climbing and highlights an intentional approach to reaching the tallest pinnacles and living a balanced, meaningful life.” -Wendy Hinman / Foreword Reviews

As a professional climber, GRAHAM ZIMMERMAN is one of the most acclaimed alpinists of his generation. After graduating from Otago University in 2007 with a degree in geography, he focused on alpinism, a pursuit that has taken him on expeditions to Alaska, Patagonia, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, and all over the lower 48 and Canada. His awards include the 2020 Piolet d’Or, 2016 Cutting Edge Award for Excellence in Alpine Climbing, 2014 Piolet d’Or Top 5 Finalist, and 2010 New Zealand Alpinist of the Year. Dedicated to using his platform for good, he holds leadership roles in a range of nonprofits and outdoor companies, including the American Alpine Club and Protect Our Winters. He lives in Bend with his wife, Shannon, and their dog, Pebble.

One time a card carrying member of the International Off Road Cycling Professional Athletes Association, these days Barry Wicks can usually be found roaming around his home mountains in Bend, Oregon on skis, bikes or just his two feet. Inspired to exist primarily outdoors in childhood by his ski patrolling father, Barry’s love for the mountains is still a driving force in the way he chooses to live his life, treading delicately through the throne rooms of the  mountain gods and searching for enlightenment through physical efforts. When he is not deep in the Three Sisters Wilderness in Oregon, Barry can be found working as a sous chef and caretaker at Talus Lodge in BC, Canada or catching tiny fish on barbless hooks in Oregon’s small mountain streams.


October 17, 2023
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


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Roundabout Books
900 NW Mt Washington Dr
Bend, OR 97703 United States
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