In the course of 20 years spent scaling the highest peaks in the world, Filippi has repeatedly cheated death. From a Taliban attack on a mountainside in northern Pakistan that felled ten of his climbing companions to the deadliest disaster in Everest’s history, Filippi has survived again and again. But in The Escapist, Filippi proves an old axiom: no climber returns from a summit the same person as when he began his ascent. The Escapist is an unflinching account of extreme feats and devastating loss that takes readers to the highest peaks and into the deepest valleys of the human soul. In a book marked by adventure and tragedy, Filippi dissects what it takes to get to the top of the world, and what that quest takes out of you.rnHaunted by survivor’s guilt and post-traumatic stress disorder, Filippi explains how life on the brink of death can change someone.