• Life Lived Wild

  • Adventures at the Edge of the Map (Patagonia)
  • By: Rick Ridgeway
  • Narrated by: Rick Ridgeway
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (195 ratings)

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Life Lived Wild

By: Rick Ridgeway
Narrated by: Rick Ridgeway
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A life worth living is lived at the edges where it is wild.

At the beginning of his memoir Life Lived Wild: Adventures at the Edge of the Map, Rick Ridgeway tells us that if you add up all his many expeditions, he’s spent over five years of his life sleeping in tents: “And most of that in small tents pitched in the world’s most remote regions.” It’s not a boast so much as an explanation. Whether at elevation or raising a family back at sea level, those years taught him, he writes, “to distinguish matters of consequence from matters of inconsequence.” He leaves it to his listeners, though, to do the final sort of which is which.

Some of his travels made, and remain, news: the first American ascent of K2; the first direct coast-to-coast traverse of Borneo; the first crossing on foot of a 300-mile corner of Tibet so remote no outsider had ever seen it. Big as these trips were, Rick keeps an eye out for the quiet surprises, like the butterflies he encounters at 23,000 feet on K2 or the furtive silhouettes of wild-eared pheasants in Tibet.

What really comes through best in Life Lived Wild, though, are his fellow travelers. There’s Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard, and Doug Tompkins, best known for cofounding The North Face but better remembered for his conservation throughout South America. Some companions don’t make the return journey. Rick treats them all with candor and straightforward tenderness. And through their commitments to protecting the wild places they shared, he discovers his own.

A master storyteller, this long-awaited memoir is the bookend to Ridgeway’s impressive list of publications, including Seven Summits, The Shadow of Kilmanjaro, and The Big Open.

©2021 Rick Ridgeway (P)2021 Random House Audio

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The hypocrisy and boasting ego. Blood boiling.

I had to stop with chapters left. I couldn’t listen to another word of this author talking at me in his patrarchical and egotistical tone about his legend and name dropping every article ever written on himself. My breaking point was when he questioned (after their party gunning down a matriarch elephant with automatic rifles) if it was worth it to go on out-of-car safaris in order to make “connections” with animals. Of course it’s not, you just unnecessarily killed an endangered species (and leader of a pack with critical information for survival for the others) and they don’t want you in their natural habitat just so you can make money writing articles. My blood will forever boil at this Buffoon.

And don’t get me started on the irony of wanting to save the earth yet flying all over on helicopters, planes and chartered boats. I’m so disgusted with this sport after reading this book. Go climb something local. This is simply a sport for rich, entitled, white men with unlimited resources. They would never want to climb these peaks if they knew they couldn’t tell anybody about it and couldn’t bask in all of its glory. Using capitalism to flaunt fame. I was looking for something more original.

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Puts together puzzle pieces of…

…many lives and personalities. I enjoyed that, and found having Rick read it added a true emotional sense for scenes et. There are many facets I could comment on but one stuck with me. Rick’s treatment of the aid he received when near death by a missionary and his pilot left me wondering why he was so cold, almost spiteful that he needed help from these persons. They risked their lives (at least the pilot husband did) to serve/save him. Yet he can’t recall their names, comment on how grateful he was, or find them a loving group he felt indebted to? This was truly sad. Chouinard and many of my heroes in the climbing and adventure community have disdain for Christianity, and I was left wondering if Rick is similar. Consider, by comparison, his reverential treatment of the Dalai Lama (sp). He refers to him with great deference, respect, and seems pleased to call him Holiness. Perhaps the humble missionary was more holy? Perhaps he showed greater love and caring for Rick than the forehead to forehead touch the author takes pains to reflect on? Sherpas we’re once treated in the mountaineering community with dismissive ambivalence (or worse). This reader found it sad that persons who sacrificed to save his life were so similarly treated. It may not be kosher in deep ecology and the Do Boy circle to admire certain faiths, but it’s a true pioneer who thinks for himself in such regards.

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Terrible reader!!!

Why would you have such a terrible reader with a speech impediment read such a wonderful story!!!!!!

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A beautiful story

Beautiful story of friendship, love, loyalty and adventures. Magnificently narrated by its author, who conveys the deep emotions he felt throughout each experience of his life.

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Amazing book!

Absolutely love this book! Incredible story, inspiring and engaging. Loved that it was read by the author.

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A life Lived with Adventure Integrity and Love

I am so glad I listened to Rick tell his stories of adventure and his love of life. But it was so much more. He shares so much love for humanity; his dear wife, Jennifer and his go-to adventure friends. He evolves as a lover of nature including animals to the preservation of nature in all its forms that was most endearing. I have Re

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Incredible

One of the most incredible, touching and inspiring piece I’ve had the privilege to experience.

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Great stories from a world class adventurer

Ridgeway is an excellent storyteller, descriptions that put you right there as well as poignant observations and introspections of his own life and those around him. These are chapter versions of his pervious books, various other adventures and brushes with danger. He also describes how important the preservation of nature and the earth's animals are to our true enjoyment of wilderness. I usually skip around among several books at a time, but not with this one - I couldn't stop listening.

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Captivating, interesting, and inspirational!

I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing…

Too often when you read adventure biographies the books can either get overly dry with nauseating levels of irrelevant details; or the author inserts exaggerated bull-shit to embellish his/her accomplishments.

Thankfully the tone and approach of the author was one of humility and grace.

This is a fantastic book!

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So, so wonderful!!

An adventurer's gem. Everyone has their own level of adventurous spirit, but Rick is the iconic example. I just couldn't stop listening. And oh, what an ending... dang!

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  • 12-26-21

A beautiful exquisite book

I absolutely loved this book. I know I will return to it again and have made so many notes to carry with me. It’s one of those audiobooks that really benefits from hearing in the writer’s own voice. It made me laugh and cry with its honest account of a life lived wild

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  • 12-12-21

A wild journey in every sense 😍

A truly captivating journey, beautifully and articulately narrated by the author.

As Rick leads you through his incredible life, it will make you sit back and give pause, to appreciate how his life has incredibly entwined with so many remarkable and influential individuals, while also giving you opportunity to reflect on your own path.

A ‘Life Lived Wild’ is a stunning and heartfelt story of an early authentic adventure pioneer who refused to compromise on any ‘matter of consequence’.

Simply wonderful.

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  • Will Hosking
  • 11-23-21

Fantastic book

awesome read. Would be great if the photos that are in the book could be added as a pdf