The Last Hill
The Last Hill (until the next one)
A solid lid of cloud covers earth and sea, except at the horizon, where a continuous strip of pale blue sky merges with the shifting grey-green-blue of the ocean. Here and there shafts of angled light break through the cloud, creating small silver pools on the face of the restless sea.
One appears around the Wolf Rock ten miles out, making the lighthouse appear close and important. To the south-east Porthleven suddenly emerges from the dark backdrop of the long Lizard peninsula, like an actor stepping into the spotlight to the applause of the crowd. When I look back at the Wolf the silver light has gone and the lighthouse looks small, and lonely.
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On our way home from Penzance we return to the hill. The late afternoon sun is low in the south-west. I wanted to reapproach my approach to skiing. Gear, gears, grub, water and the will to keep pedaling, instead of packing the car and driving to the trailhead.
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We started on bikes from Reno, Nevada, and pedaled to the base of the Sierra, loaded down with ski and snowboard gear, ready to summit peaks and rip lines under our own power. We biked through winds that knocked us around, up hills that would never end, on roads that shook us; and we skied ice, corn and everything in between. We made it all the way to the top of Mount Whitney—the tallest peak in the lower 48 states.
We were so tired that other skiers beat us to the summits and skied the lines we were headed to. Embarrassing at first, this became a point of pride, as we acknowledged the reason behind our heavy-legged exhaustion—hundreds of miles on the bike. We began marking each ski run as a first descent, because the approach started at my house and I was pretty sure that no one else had biked to the Eastern Sierra from there. Biking had slowed us down, dulled our competitive spirits, and allowed us to laugh at ourselves as we struggled through delirium and fatigue to perform what for many of us is a daily routine: climbing uphill to ski down.
But by the end of our Sierra saddle time, we understood what others before us have likely discovered: The bike makes you tired in the short term, but rejuvenated over time. Tough, exciting, and suspenseful, The Last Hill is a superb successor to the author's critically acclaimed first novel, Bomb Run.
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His imagination was fired by this experience to the extent that he became an expert on the war in the air, , and his accounts of the bombers and fighters involved are renowned for their accuracy. Dunmore left Britain for Canada in the mids where he was an advertising executive for many years. Dunmore is now a full-time writer and a private pilot on weekends and resides in Ontario. Get A Copy. Kindle Edition , pages. Published August 16th by Thunderchild Publishing. More Details Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Last Hill , please sign up.
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Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Apr 02, Ari rated it liked it. I haven't read a fiction novel about Second World War for ages.
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This one I bought from a second hand shop just because the book was from nineteen seventies on I had some years ago read Dunmore's novel "Bomb Run" - of which I have no other recollection than that it was not bad.