Robert Charles Lee at McGregor Square

Join Robert Charles Lee at our McGregor Square location on June 16th at 6pm to hear him read from, dicuss, and sign his book Through Dangerous DoorsThis is a free, nonticketed event.

Enjoy $1 off local beer and wine during all events at our McGregor Square location!


In a life defined by risk, Robert Charles Lee experiences a poor and free-ranging childhood in the racist South of the 1960s. After his father dies, the family grows dysfunctional. As a result, teen-age Robert seeks sanity and solace by rock climbing solo and driving cars fast. He wins a scholarship and graduates from university, but still seeks to escape the South.

Moving to Alaska and the Western US, Robert works in a series of dangerous and brutal jobs. He meets and marries Linda, who enjoys climbing and skiing difficult mountains as much as he does. Simultaneously, Robert trains in the science of risk to become a respected professional risk scientist.

Robert shares his remarkable story as he guides the reader through a series of dangerous but rewarding doors, culminating in a vivid journey of adventure and risk.

“Like the dangerous mountains he eventually comes to climb, Lee’s need to be on the edge and in the flow guide him on a fascinating ascent up the American socio-economic pyramid, a challenging mountain in itself, and geographically from the lowland South to high country of the North.” ~Barry Blanchard, UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide, author of The Calling – A Life Rocked by Mountains, winner of the Boardman-Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature.

“Lee’s journey of self-discovery has resulted in a thoughtful meditation on the nature of adventure and what makes for a life well lived.” Scott Zesch, author of The Captured, winner of the TCU Texas Book Award

“Lee helps us see that managing risk, sometimes with tools or technology and sometimes by knowing when to say no, is the key to continuing to pass through new doors.” ~George Gray, George Washington University, co-author of Risk: A Practical Guide for Deciding What’s Really Safe and What’s Really Dangerous in the World Around You.


Mr. Lee is a retired risk scientist with over twenty-five years of academic and applied risk analysis, decision analysis, and risk management experience in a wide variety of contexts. He has authored over one hundred peer-reviewed scientific works, as well as over one hundred technical reports for industry and government agencies. Prior to this professional risk work he was a manual laborer until he reckoned that he could use his brain for a living.

Robert has a BS in Botany, a BS in Science Education, an MS in Environmental Health, and a Certificate in Integrated Business Administration. He is ABD (all but dissertation) in a Toxicology PhD program. He is an ordained Minister and has an honorary Doctorate of Metaphysics from the Universal Life Church, and is a Member of the Nova Scotia L'Ordre du Bon Temps.

Robert was born in North Carolina and lived there for over twenty years, but has since lived in Alaska, Oregon, Washington, and Alberta. He was also homeless for a time while a laborer in the Western United States. He currently resides in New Mexico, and is moving to Colorado soon.

Robert, often with his wife Linda, has climbed hundreds of technical and non-technical mountain, rock, ice, and canyon routes, hiked thousands of miles in several countries, and skied many miles of vertical feet at resorts and in the backcountry.

Through Dangerous Doors: A Life at Risk By Robert Charles Lee Cover Image
ISBN: 9781947966451
Availability: Available to Order - Usually Arrives in Our Store in 4 to 7 Days
(This book cannot be returned or refunded.)
Published: WiDo Publishing - June 22nd, 2021

Event Location: 
McGregor Square