Dr. Trousdale describes herself as a mountaineer who was familiar with Winger’s other books related to mountaineering and climbing. She was surprised when she read Winger’s newest release, an autobiography titled Two Shadows – The inspirational story of one man’s triumph over adversity, because she hadn’t been aware of his troubled past. He reacted to a childhood of neglect, abandonment, and abuse with anti-social behavior and criminal acts which landed him in detention centers and eventually, in 1955, in prison at the age of 18. Winger earned his high school diploma and began taking college courses while incarcerated, and discovered an aptitude and interest in information technology. Once released in 1961, he began a successful computer programming and consulting career, developed a passion for mountain climbing, and has lived a productive and adventurous life.
Dr. Trousdale was inspired to obtain permission to send a copy of Two Shadows to a young man she counseled while he was at a juvenile detention center, and who is now incarcerated in an adult facility. Like Winger, this young man has continued his education even while in prison, and she hopes that “in passing Two Shadows along I might be able to inspire a young man I came to know quite well.”
“It is exciting to read a true story like this, to know it is possible to climb from depths to heights,” Trousdale concluded.
Two Shadows is available as a Kindle e-book from Amazon.com, and in paperback from Amazon.com and other major booksellers.
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The Winger Bookstore is an online bookstore selling guidebooks and other outdoor recreation titles, including: Two Shadows; The Trad Guide to Joshua Tree; The Essential Guide to Great Sand Dunes National Park; Highpoint Adventures