My Old Man and the Mountain (Mountaineers Books - a non profit publisher of outdoor recreation titles) is Leif Whittaker's engaging and humorous story of what it was like to “grow up Whittaker” – the youngest son of Jim Whittaker and Dianne Roberts. He shares glimpses of his upbringing and how the pressure to climb started early on. Readers learn of his first adventures with family in the Olympic Mountains and on Mt. Rainier, his close yet at times competitive relationship with his brother Joss, his battle with a serious back injury, and his efforts to stand apart from his father's legacy. Whittaker brings alive all the excitement, irony, boredom, and risk of high-altitude climbing. But Whittaker’s story is not his father's story; it's a unique coming-of-age tale on the steep slopes of Everest, a climbing adventure that lights the imagination, and an emotional human endeavor with universal meaning.