The Wall Hugh and Lewis, two former hippie rock climbers gone soft with middle age, reunite to scale El Capitan, the Yosemite mountain they first tackled decades… The Wall Hugh and Lewis, two former hippie rock climbers gone soft with middle age, reunite to scale El Capitan, the Yosemite mountain they first tackled decades… 2006-01-03 Fiction Atria
Book Review

The Wall (2006)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jan 03, 2006; Writer: Jeff Long; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Atria

Hugh and Lewis, two former hippie rock climbers gone soft with middle age, reunite to scale El Capitan, the Yosemite mountain they first tackled decades before. In the intervening years, they both lost women they met while climbing. Now the pair hope the strenuous ascent will clear their minds and allow them to bury their painful pasts. That is, until another climber plunges to her death and a spooky mountain man snatches her body. While relying heavily on climbing terminology, Jeff Long delivers a palpable sense of the Zen-like concentration and hand-straining physicality needed to conquer a big hunk of rock. A bravura, chapter-long description of a forest fire and the truly shocking ending help to elevate The Wall far above an increasingly high pile of pedestrian thrillers.

Originally posted Jan 27, 2006 Published in issue #861 Feb 03, 2006 Order article reprints