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About

South America, home to the highest peaks outside the Himalaya.

The Seven Summits and Volcanic Seven Summits are my personal and professional quests. I've been journaling and publishing my expeditions and exploits in my successful self-published "Seven Summits Quest Series" currently at 4 volumes.

  • Elbrus, My Waterloo
  • Orizaba, My Almost Free Mexico Adventure
  • Carstenz, Stone Age to Iron Age
  • Elbrus Race 2013

These books are all available on Amazon Kindle, and the last two in paperback. I've had great success selling these books, all slightly under novel length. 

Seven Summits Quest Series on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1D3Hi0s

Note that the book "Die Trying" by Bo Parfet comes up in this search. This book was instrumental in my decision to pursue the Seven Summits Quest and name my series. His experiences on Carstensz foreshadowed mine in several details.

My goal is to create a novel length book of 300 pages or more about my expedition to South America where I'll attempt to do two mountains, one from each of these two Seven Summits lists, back-to-back.

Aconcagua: the highest mountain in South America, the Western Hemisphere, and Southern Hemisphere, In fact, it's the highest mountain outside the Himalaya. One of the Seven Summits.

Nevado Ojos del Salado: the highest volcano in South America, Western Hemisphere, and Southern Hemisphere, and the second highest mountain outside the Himalaya. One of the Volcanic Seven Summits.

For the months of February and March 2014 I will travel to South America with my tablet and camera, to record my adventures as I have with previous books in the Seven Summits Quest Series.

Elbrus, My Waterloo - struggling with failure on the highest peak in Europe
Elbrus, My Waterloo - struggling with failure on the highest peak in Europe

Success in the climb isn't even a requirement, as previous published books about failure (the first two volumes) have sold as many or more books as the others in the series.

My unique mix of travel tips and insider secrets with stream of conscious in-the-moment narrative gives a distinct voice to my series of mountaineering adventure travel books. Even in times of extreme duress, when I was held captive in Indonesia, or trekked 40 km with a dislocated sternum, my narrative voice stays true.

Look at these 5-Star Reviews

I love the way this author writes! I suspect he keeps people in stitches and on the edge of their seats when he relates his adventures in real life. I love how he can be wry and make fun of things all while being serious and sharing real information. -- Orizaba

An unbelievable account that had me giggling, gasping, and in awe over what Mr. Miske went through. He made it easy to read for someone who knows absolutely nothing about climbing, I appreciated that. (Although I had to Google what "scree" was. Haha) Britney Spears makes an appearance, also some witty commentary that made me just shake my head at what life is like over there. Holy snot! It's an amazing story. Finished it in one sitting while sacrificing sleep. I had to see him home and safe first. :) -- Carstensz

This is really an excellent and enjoyable read. It's a detailed account of the author's attempt at climbing one of the Seven Summits. It's easier to write about one's successes but not always easy to put your failures out there for the world to see. The main point, I believe, is that "failure" isn't necessarily a bad thing. He didn't summit, but he got to experience things that the other 99% of us only dream about. Its pretty remarkable. Recommended for anyone who is considering taking on a mountain of this proportion, there is a lot of useful tidbits in there. Look forward to seeing "Owning Elbrus" from this author someday. -- Elbrus, My Waterloo

I read this an immediately turned around and had my pre-teen boys read it as well. Interspersed with the adventure itself are some great survival in the cold techniques that will make their Klondike outing with the scouts safer. I love that the author chases his dreams with a passion and shared the experience with a friend who was kind of a newbie at this. Their friendship also transpires through the book. -- Elbrus Race 2013

That's quite a list of achievements, and that's only for the Seven Summits Quest. My full length fiction novel and my full length fitness non-fiction novel also have 5-Stars on Amazon.

That being said, yes, I am able to create a fully fleshed out full length novel with excellent grammar and writing skill. Here's a review from my Young Adult Dystopian Fiction:

As a fan of Mr. Miske's non-fiction works about his travels, training, and diet, I was intrigued to see a fiction novel by him, and eager to see if his writing talent carried over to fiction. I was more than pleased. He did a fine job of carrying and developing the plot, and his characters' growth is fantastic. Although this is not my usual genre of reading and I haven't had a lot of exposure to this world, I can recognize a good quality work. In addition to the excellent quality of the writing, the editing is flawless, making for a good reading experience. -- My Sweet Infected

There are several more excellent reviews just like these. In a nutshell, I have a proven track record of authoring, editing, and self-publishing numerous works in various genres and of different lengths.

Elbrus Race 2013 - teamwork and mentorship in a harsh demanding athletic event
Elbrus Race 2013 - teamwork and mentorship in a harsh demanding athletic event

What you are paying for:

I'll be traveling to Argentina from Denver. There I'll be traveling to the trailhead for Aconcagua and for the next 20 days attempt to climb the mountain. The scenery is amazingly vast and apparently barren, yet beautiful and seductive. You think it's safe, yet death is always around the corner. It's a 16 mile trek to the base camp, and from there several days of hiking to adjust to the altitude and then the 9,000' ascent, often done in stages, to the summit at nearly 23,000'.

The permit is only good for 21 days, so my time there is carved in stone. At the end of the permit period I'll be hiking 16 miles to the road and catch my ride back to Mendoza, wine capitol of Argentina. After a day or two of rest and sorting, repairing, and replacing my gear, I'll travel by coach, van, and jeep to the roadside hut at the start of the trail to Nevado Ojos del Salado, the highest volcano on Earth. The Everest of Volcanoes.

From there it's a 42 mile hike to the summit. I'll be traveling unsupported. I won't have pack animals. I'll be on my own, carrying all my own gear as I travel the rugged Mars-like terrain. I'll be a solitary traveler in a harsh and unforgiving land. My goal is to set up a camp near the eastern shoulder of the peak at 18,000' and from there summit after a day or two of rest from the long journey. After, I must retrace my steps 42 miles to the highway and find my way back to Mendoza.

This project funding includes the acquisition of necessary tech and charging gear, transportation, and the publishing expenses.

Rewards:

Your rewards, should you choose to assist me, include pre-release digital ebook copies, autographed paperback copies, a calendar of selected photos from the gorgeous landscapes, a limited edition table photo book, and credit as a sponsor in any slideshows or presentations that result from this adventure, or featured in pages of the book.

I believe each reward is worth more than the contribution requested, and has value that will enhance your life, as it did the readers reviewing my previous entries in the Seven Summits Quest Series.

Carstensz, Stone Age to Iron Age - success against terrible odds
Carstensz, Stone Age to Iron Age - success against terrible odds

With your help this project can move forward and the next volume of this series be written.

Risks and challenges

Challenges include keeping everything charged and functioning in harsh and dangerous conditions. I have heavy duty photo gear. I can use heavy duty tablet cases. I can use backup solar chargers. I can use paper and pen if I have to.

I have done this before in extreme conditions. On Carstensz it was a 60 km trek in the Equatorial jungle where it was pouring rain most days and the mud was knee deep. I created my longest and best selling book from that experience.

As far as the success for failure of the expeditions, that might not be relevant to the success of the book, since I have had successful books result from previous failures.

In the case of Orizaba, I succeeded climbing it in March of 2013 and am in the process of rewriting the book in a 2nd edition with new material to reflect the effort required to pursue dreams while waiting for the right moment. Even in failure, the next book is around the corner, waiting for the success of the protagonist that everyone is rooting for.

I have self-published three books in the past four months. Two of them were approximately 300 pages in length. I am able to meet the deadline and write a well crafted, well edited manuscript. I am able to format it to suit the requirements of Amazon for both Kindle and paperback. I've self-published twelve books in the past three years.

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