Age-Old Quests: (Hunting, Climbing & Trekking)

David Lien is a former Air Force officer, worldwide adventurer, accomplished mountaineer, and founder of the Minnesota Backcountry Hunters & Anglers. His climbs and travels have taken him to 30 countries and onto the highest points in all 50 U.S. states, the fifty-four highest peaks in Colorado (the 14ers), and six of the Seven Summits (the highest points on each continent). David's first book, 4/44/14 I (Four Years and Forty-Four Fourteeners): First Fourteeners, was published by Outskirts Press during December 2010. His second book, 4/44/14 II: Nemesis, was published by Outskirts Press during December 2011. David has contributed articles, essays, letters, and photos to numerous periodicals, books, and newspapers, including: Everest: Surviving The Death Zone, The Firegrate Review, Trail & Timberline, Whitetales, Fur-Fish-Game, The Backcountry Journal, The Boundary Waters Journal, NewWest, Summit Daily News, The Aspen Times, Vail Daily, Rocky Mountain News, Rocky Mountain Chronicle, The Pueblo Chieftain, The Denver Post, Colorado Springs Independent, The Durango Telegraph, Desert News, Casper Star Tribune, Anchorage Daily News, Outdoor News, Duluth News Tribune. "David Lien has climbed and trekked in some of the world's most remote and rugged regions, including South America's Patagonia, Asia's Himalayas, Australia's Outback, and the interior of Antarctica. He's also been on highest points in all 50 U.S. states and the fifty-four highest peaks in Colorado (the 14ers). David's worldwide travels have taken him to 31 countries on each of the seven continents. In addition, he has tackled some of the world's highest and most dangerous mountains, including Mount McKinley in Alaska and Mount Everest in Nepal/Tibet. Lien turned back at 25,200 feet on the north/Tibet side of Mount Everest during May 2006, whereas two of his fellow expedition members died during their summit attempts."