The heart-wrenching but ultimately redemptive story of two World War II soldiers – a Japanese surgeon and an American sergeant – during a brutal Alaskan battle in which the sergeant discovers the medic’s revelatory and fascinating diary that changed our war-torn society’s perceptions of Japan.
Every year on January 1, a quirky crowd of adventurers storms out across North America for a spectacularly competitive event called a Big Year – a grand, grueling expensive, and occasionally vicious, “extreme” 365-day marathon of birdwatching. A birding classic, The Big Year is the true story that became the 2011 fictionalized film starring Jack Black, Steve Martin, and Owen Wilson.
would never have guessed that his next move would be up a 14,000-foot mountain. But when his twelve-year-old son gets bitten by the climbing bug at summer camp, Obmascik can’t resist the opportunity for some high-altitude father-son bonding by hiking a peak together. After their first joint climb, addled by thin air, Obmascik decides to keep his head in the clouds and try scaling all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000-foot mountains, known as Fourteeners – and to do them in less than one year.