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The author uses the Greek myth of Icarus as a metaphor for that internal spirit that drives extreme
athletes to pursue adventures not unlike Icarus’s own flight close to the sun. The reader is
presented with true stories of adventure, exciting drama, humor, and philosophy from along the
Icarus path. The author’s personal life-adventures offer a timeline to introduce many extreme
sports, along with stories, quotes, and photos from others who have pursued these paths. This
369-page book, with over 325 photos, is divided into four Parts broken up into 25 Chapters. Part I,
‘Hills, Mountains, and Soaring Peaks’ includes chapters on ski racing, freestyle skiing, extreme
skiing, helicopter skiing and more. Part II, ‘Lakes, Oceans, Wind, and Waves’ explores slalom
water skiing, ocean sailing, surfing, and windsurfing in high winds and surf. Part III, ‘Long and
Winding Roads’ contains tales of motorcycle adventures. Lastly, Part IV, ‘Flying Through Space’
contains stories of parachuting, hang-gliding, and cliff diving. The book closes with a philosophical
exploration of the mental challenges and rewards of following the Icarus path.