Book Of The Day – Two Shadows

by Greg on June 13, 2012

Today’s Book of the Day is a very highly rated Autobiography/True Crime/Mountaineering book by Charlie Winger. Two Shadows has a very impressive 4.5 star rating and is only $3.95!

“Two Shadows is entertaining, sobering, funny, frightening, and an inspiring read on several levels. Read it for the adventures, but also for the inspiration of Charlie’s passion for life.” Silver Lady – Amazon Reviewer

Two Shadows
by Charlie Winger
edited by Diane Winger
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Category: Autobiography/True Crime/Mountaineering
Price: $3.95

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From the darkness of a six foot by eight foot cell in solitary confinement to the top of the highest peak in the Western Hemisphere, this is the captivating story of one man’s struggle to recover from a troubled past.

This autobiographical book is filled with Charlie’s adventures during 35 years of mountaineering, climbing rock & ice, and world travel. People who have met Charlie, attended one of his slideshows, or read his guidebooks will recognize his knack for telling stories. Some are hair-raising, some are a little crazy, and some will have you laughing out loud.

But Two Shadows is about more than climbing. It is the story of a boy who grew up in an atmosphere of neglect and abuse. He made numerous bad choices in life which resulted in his being sentenced to prison at age eighteen. While incarcerated, Winger turned his life around. He obtained his high school diploma, began taking college courses, and learned computer programming. Upon his release, he began a successful career in information technology.

“Although this is an autobiography, the story Charlie tells in this book could be considered as an allegory for whatever personal summits we are attempting to scale. The mental fortitude, perseverance, and bonds of friendship needed to scale the peaks described here are no different than the qualities needed to excel in life in general. It is on the mountain that a person’s true nature is laid bare. It has been said that character is revealed not by one’s successes, but by how one responds to failure. Charlie shares with us both his successes and failures, and it is apparent that neither has done anything to diminish his indomitable spirit. It is this same spirit that has allowed him to “bounce back” (sorry Charlie) from the illness and fall that would have ended most other climbers’ careers.”

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

Charlie’s story, going from the depths of prison to some of the highest peaks in the world, is just amazing. His personality comes through, with his quick wit, self-depricating humor, and lack of ego. I strongly recommend this book, both as an inspirational story of human redemption, and as an amazing rendition of world-class mountain climbing.


It is exciting to read a true story like this, to know it is possible to climb from depths to heights! I hope in passing “Two Shadows” along I might be able to inspire a young man I came to know quite well. Thank you to the author, thank you for publishing this fine book!


Charlie is not a professional writer; do not expect long sentences with flowing dialog and fancy adjectives. Charlie is however an entertaining writer shooting out a barrage of interesting stories and quips he has gleaned over a lifetime of 72 years. There isn’t a dull paragraph in the book. The first half of the book will surprise many of you as it did me. His comeback from years in prison is truly a remarkable one, a story I found very compelling. I finished this book in a couple of days because I couldn’t put it aside for very long.


Throughout the book, the vivid details in Charlie’s anecdotes will make you squirm in your chair with nervousness, laugh along with Charlie while he laughs at himself, or feel inspired by a very determined guy who turns adversity into triumph. His accounts of the prison environment provide psychological and experiential insights into a life that most of us can count ourselves very lucky to have avoided. And, whether you are a hard-core climber or armchair mountaineer, you will enjoy Charlie’s descriptions of his alpine triumphs and tribulations.


The other reviewers have said it all. I’m not a climber but was greatly moved and inspired by Charlie’s story. Bravo!

Get Two Shadows here: Two Shadows

About The Author

About Charlie & Diane Winger:

Charlie Winger is a prolific mountaineer with a passion for climbing lists of peaks: the 200 highest mountains in Colorado, the 50 state highpoints, over 100 USGS-named peaks in Death Valley, the 57 ultra-prominence peaks in the lower US, the highest mountains in North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Australia, and many more lists few people understand.

Diane takes a more relaxed approach to hiking and rock climbing, and places a high priority on hiking on trails, and hiking to places that are scenic. She is a member of the unofficial “49ers Club,” having reached the top of 49 state highpoints. Her motto: “Just say no to Denali.”

Charlie and Diane live in Colorado and are co-authors of several guidebooks on outdoor recreation.

Charlie makes killer Belgian waffles, numerous sick jokes, and enjoys telling climbing stories almost as much as he loves actually getting “out there.” Diane is passionate about her involvement with the service organization Altrusa, enjoys laughing at Charlie’s jokes, and is a self-described computer geek.

Thank you for considering today’s Book Of The Day – Charlie Winger and ENT appreciate it.

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1 Charlie & Diane Winger June 13, 2012 at 12:06 pm

ENT is amazing! Thank you!

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,951 Paid in Kindle Store

#2 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Sports > Outdoors & Nature > Hiking & Camping > Excursion Guides
#2 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Sports > Mountaineering
#7 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Biographies & Memoirs > Specific Groups > Adventurers & Explorers

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