2016 Sam Lightner, Jr. 


The Collision of two Unlikely

Missions in America's Secret War 


'Lightner brings history to life in a way that few others can. Heavy Green is a fascinating glimpse into a past that few people are aware ever existed.'

 Kyle Mills

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Order to Kill


'Heavy Green is one of the best researched and most entertaining books of historical fiction I have read on this aspect of the 'secret war' in Laos.' 

 Carl A. Wattenberg, Jr, Army Intelligence Officer with the Green Berets, 1963-1964 

'All Elevations Unknown is memorable and exciting. Lightner's detailed account of his expedition and the climbing culture will enthuse readers who love to travel, and make those who prefer armchairs wonder what they're missing.'

Carol Memmott,   USA Today


'Lightner's unadorned voice manages to keep both these incredible adventures very immediate and utterly affecting.'

Kirkus Reviews


'What Lightner does do is create a wickedly honest portrait of the pressures on the modern-day adventurer.'

Fiona Cohen, Bellingham Herald


'If you've wondered where the next Jon Krakauer is, Check out Sam Lightner, Jr. This is a climbing tale like no other.'

Book Review, Third Place Books


'This book has a down-to-Earth humanistic flavor and is a delight  to read'

Lynn Arave, Deseret News


'The success  of this book lies not in Lightner and Company reaching  the top of Batu Lawi but in the historical references and vivid descriptions'

Lindley Kirksey, Explorers Club Book Review


…a breezily told tale, one that will bring you as close to Borneo's bamboo vipers, foot rot, and sweat bees as you may want to get."

Caroline Fraser, Outside Magazine


“…a real page turner… The writing achieves the excitement of a paperback thriller at times, which is no mean feat for a climbing book.”

Cat Klerks, Wild Life

Other Titles

One Move Too Many...

Rock climbers exert unique stress on their bodies  during the focused moments of ascent. The effort behind this sport exposes these athletes to risk of injury. For those who have made one move too many, German sports medicine doctors Volker Schoeffl and Thomas Hochholzer, and with the help of Sam Lightner, Jr., have put together an in-depth examination of these injuries, as well as their prevention and treatment

Roads Through Time:

 A Roadside History of Jackson Hole

 "Roads Through Time" has been called the single best history book on northwest Wyoming. It is laid out so that people traveling in a car know the history of what they are seeing, or what may have been there in the past. If you are taking a vacation to Jackson Hole or Grand Teton National Park, your trip will be greatly enriched with this book.

All Elevations     Unknown

In the spring of 1999, armed with little more than a description from a book and a map labeled “all elevations unknown,” Sam Lightner and his German rock-climbing buddy, Volker, found themselves in the jungles of Borneo on a mission to climb a mountain that was only rumored to exist. What little they knew about the mountain they had learned from the memoirs of Major Tom Harrisson, a British World War II soldier who in 1945 had been assigned the near-impossible mission of parachuting blindly into the thick Bornean rainforest–where the natives had a grisly habit of collecting heads–to try to reclaim the island for the Allies. A captivating, utterly original combination of travel adventure memoir and historical re-creation, All Elevations Unknown charts Lightner’s  harrowing quest to ascend the mountain Batu Lawi in the face of leeches, vipers, and sweat bees, all while telling Major Harrison's WWII story that took place around the same mountain.

Thailand: A Climbing Guide

With amazing rock faces rising from perfect beaches and the blue sea, Thailand is a dreamy destination for rock climbers all over the world. This guidebook not only tells you all you need to know about the hundreds of rock climbs that exist in Thailand, but also gives the do's and don'ts of travel in The Kingdom. Accompanied with first hand stories and a complete history of the region, this guidebook is a must for any climber traveling to Thailand.

Rock Climbing       Wyoming

Rock Climbing Wyoming describes 11 major climbing areas in the state of Wyoming. It offers approximately 550 climbing routes for beginners and experts alike. Maps, color topos, and stunning action photos accompany clearly written descriptions of the routes. The historical references and colorful stories help to make this an indispensable resource for  climbing in "Wonderful Wyoming". 

   Roads Through Time:

             A Roadside

         History of Moab

Meticulously researched and written with his irreverent humor, Sam Lightner, Jr.'s Roads Through Time has a special place with visitors to southeast Utah. The desert  comes alive in this roadside-history of the region. Your trip to Moab will be greatly enhanced if accompanied by Roads Through Time.

Review Links

Below are  a few links to book review sites that we like. These sites are very useful in that not only do they inform you of what is good and what is not, but they also do a great job of keeping up with what has just come out. This can be difficult in the modern publishing era.