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The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan, and the Climbing ...
by Mark Synnott

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English

Pages

415

Publication Date

March 05, 2019

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<b>If you loved watching <i>Free Solo</i>, you’ll be enthralled by Mark Synnott’s deeply reported, insider perspective of Alex Honnold’s historic achievement and the culture and history of climbing.<br /><br />“One of the most compelling accounts of a climb and the climbing ethos that I've ever read.”—Sebastian Junger<br /><br /></b>In Mark Synnott’s unique window on the ethos of climbing, his friend Alex Honnold’s astonishing “free solo” ascent of El Capitan’s 3,000 feet of sheer granite, is the central act. When Honnold topped out at 9:28 A.M. on June 3, 2017, having spent fewer than four hours on his historic ascent, the world gave a collective gasp. The <i>New York Times</i> described it as “one of the great athletic feats of any kind, ever.” Synnott’s personal history of his own obsession with climbing since he was a teenager—through professional climbing triumphs and defeats, and the dilemmas they render—makes this a  deeply reported, enchanting revelation about living life to the fullest. What are we doing if not an impossible climb?<br /><br />Synnott delves into a raggedy culture that emerged decades earlier during Yosemite’s Golden Age, when pioneering climbers like Royal Robbins and Warren Harding invented the sport that Honnold would turn on its ear. Painting an authentic, wry portrait of climbing history and profiling Yosemite heroes and the harlequin tribes of climbers known as the Stonemasters and the Stone Monkeys, Synnott weaves in his own experiences with poignant insight and wit: tensions burst on the mile-high northwest face of Pakistan’s Great Trango Tower; fellow climber Jimmy Chin miraculously persuades an official in the Borneo jungle to allow Honnold’s first foreign expedition, led by Synnott, to continue; armed bandits accost the same trio at the foot of a tower in the Chad desert...<br /><br /><i>The Impossible Climb</i> is an emotional drama driven by people exploring the limits of human potential and seeking a perfect, choreographed dance with nature. Honnold dared far beyond the ordinary, beyond any climber in history. But this story of sublime heights is really about all of us. Who doesn’t need to face down fear and make the most of the time we have?
Alone on the Wall (Expanded edition)
by Alex Honnold

Language

English

Pages

320

Publication Date

October 02, 2018

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<p><strong>Including two new chapters on Alex Honnold’s free solo ascent of the iconic 3,000-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.</strong></p><br /><p>On June 3rd, 2017, Alex Honnold became the first person to free solo Yosemite's El Capitan—to scale the wall without rope, a partner, or any protective gear—completing what was described as "the greatest feat of pure rock climbing in the history of the sport" (<em>National Geographic</em>) and "one of the great athletic feats of any kind, ever" (<em>New York Times</em>). Already one of the most famous adventure athletes in the world, Honnold has now been hailed as "the greatest climber of all time" (<em>Vertical</em> magazine).</p><br /><p><em>Alone on the Wall</em> recounts the most astonishing achievements of Honnold’s extraordinary life and career, brimming with lessons on living fearlessly, taking risks, and maintaining focus even in the face of extreme danger. Now Honnold tells, for the first time and in his own words, the story of his 3 hours and 56 minutes on the sheer face of El Cap, which <em>Outside</em> called "the moon landing of free soloing…a generation-defining climb. Bad ass and beyond words…one of the pinnacle sporting moments of all time."</p>
Escape from the Ordinary
by JULIE BRADLEY

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English

Pages

328

Publication Date

December 13, 2018

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<h2><strong>Retire early, sell everything, buy a boat 4,000 miles away and sail around the world.  What could go wrong?</strong></h2><h3>Meet Glen and Julie, sailors who follow their dream and discover that reality can be even bigger than imagined. From Force 10 storms in the North Atlantic to the crystal blue waters and native dancers of French Polynesia, <em>Escape from the Ordinary </em>opens a window to adventures in extraordinary places not found in travel brochures.</h3><h3>Told with keen observations and sparkling with wry humor, Julie describes the terrors and pleasures of living a life of total independence on a sailboat where even simple decisions can have big consequences.  This exhilarating, true story will thrill those planning to sail off into the sunset as well as armchair adventurers. <em>Escape from the Ordinary</em> reminds you of the unlimited possibilities in life and offers inspiration to go “<em>all in</em>” on your own dreams.</h3><h3>MORE THAN A SAILING STORY</h3><h3>Traveling from one epic adventure to the next on board their sturdy Amel sailboat, Glen and Julie immerse themselves deeply into islands and cultures that are so off-the-beaten path you will reach for an atlas to find places like Bequia, the San Blas Islands, Niue…  From dodging voodoo curses in the Bahamas to clawing their way out of underwater caverns in the South Pacific, Glen and Julie take the reader along for the adventure of a lifetime.</h3><h3>Come aboard and <em>Escape from the Ordinary</em> in places such as:</h3><ul><li><h3>Bequia</h3></li><li><h3>Caribbean</h3></li><li><h3>Trinidad</h3></li><li><h3>Venezuela</h3></li><li><h3>Colombia</h3></li><li><h3>San Blas islands</h3></li><li><h3>Peru</h3></li><li><h3>Galapagos Islands</h3></li><li><h3>Marquesas Islands</h3></li><li><h3>Tuamotu Islands</h3></li><li><h3>Tahiti</h3></li><li><h3>Palmerston Island</h3></li><li><h3>Niue</h3></li><li><h3>Tonga</h3></li><li><h3>New Zealand</h3></li><li><h3>Fiji</h3></li></ul>
Training For Ultra: Ultra Running Stories From the Middle of the ...
by Rob Steger

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English

Pages

233

Publication Date

February 27, 2019

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This book has a single purpose - to inspire you to run! Through sharing a detailed account of my first three years of pursuing running from the middle to back of the pack, it will hopefully show you you are capable of much more than you may think. After my dad's major health scare, it was time for me to change everything. Little did I know how much I would learn after taking on some physical exercise. A radical diet change allowed me to lose a forth of my body weight and it gave me boundless energy to get outside and explore. It’s not clear to me why I chose running ultra marathons of all forms of exercise, since I was unable to run beyond 1 mile just a few years prior. But since that fateful day, I’ve never looked back. I was finding that sometimes the experiences of training for ultra could be just as rich and fulfilling as the ultra event itself.
The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Perf...
by Steven Kotler

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English

Pages

256

Publication Date

March 04, 2014

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<p><b><i>Wall Street Journal</i> Bestseller</b></p><P>In this groundbreaking book,<i> New York Times</i>–bestselling author Steven Kotler decodes the mystery of ultimate human performance. Drawing on over a decade of research and first-hand reporting with dozens of top action and adventure sports athletes like big wave legend Laird Hamilton, big mountain snowboarder Jeremy Jones, and skateboarding pioneer Danny Way, Kotler explores the frontier science of “flow,” an optimal state of consciousness in which we perform and feel our best.<p>Building a bridge between the extreme and the mainstream,<i> The Rise of Superman</i> explains how these athletes are using flow to do the impossible and how we can use this information to radically accelerate performance in our own lives. <p>At its core, this is a book about profound possibility; about what is actually possible for our species; about where—if anywhere—our limits lie.
Cocaine + Surfing: A Sordid History of Surfing's Greatest Love Af...
by Chas Smith

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English

Pages

256

Publication Date

June 12, 2018

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<div><b>From the author of <i>Welcome to Paradise, Now Go To Hell</i>, a finalist for the PEN Center USA Award for Nonfiction</b><BR><BR>It is likely not terribly surprising that surfers like to party. The 1960-70s image, bolstered by Tom Wolfe and Big Wednesday, was one of mild outlaws. Tanned boys who refused to grow up, spending their days drinking beer and smoking joints on the beach in between mindless hours in the water.<BR><BR>As the surf brands accidentally morphed into a multimillion, then multibillion dollar industry beginning in the 1980s, however, the derelict portrait began to harm business. In order to achieve wild year-on-year growth that came to be expected surf trunks, t-shirts and sunglasses had to be sold en mass through Midwestern mall stores. Moms in Des Moines did not want corn-fed junior to be a delinquent. And so the external surf image of the 1980s, 90s into the present became Kelly Slater and Laird Hamilton. Health, vitality, bravery, clean-living, positive and pure with heavy doses of puritanism.<BR><BR>Internally, though, surfing had moved on from booze and weed to its heart’s true home, its soul’s twin flame. Cocaine’s rise in American popular culture as the choice of rich, white elites was matched, then quadrupled, within surf culture. The parties got wilder, the nights stretched longer, the stories became more ridiculously unbelievable. And there has been no stopping, no dip in passion.<BR><BR>The surfer and his lover are entwined in gorgeously dysfunctional embrace. A forbidden love like Romeo and his Juliet and few, if any, outside the insular surf world knew or know about this particular rhapsody. A byzantine ethic keeps interlopers far away. Bad behavior is also kept very well-hidden, even from insiders, but evidence of psychosis rears its head from time to time. Overdoses, bar fights, surf contests and murders and cover-ups.<BR><BR><i>Cocaine + Surfing</i> peels the curtains back on a hopped up, sometimes sexy sometimes deadly relationship and uses cocaine as the vehicle to expose and explain the utterly absurd surf industry to outsiders. It also explores where dreams go when they die.<BR></div>
Total Control
by Lee Parks

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English

Pages

192

Publication Date

December 15, 2014

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A completely revised version of one of the best-selling motorcycle riding skills books of all time. Today's super high-performance bikes are the most potent vehicles ever sold to the public and they demand advanced riding skills. Get it right, and a modern motorcycle will provide you with the thrill of a lifetime; get it wrong and you'll be carted off in a meat wagon. The line between ecstasy and agony is so thin that there is absolutely no margin for error. Total Control provides you with the information you need to stay on the healthy side of that line, providing a training course developed and perfected through decades of professional training in Lee Parks' Total Control Advanced Riding Clinic. This is the perfect book for riders who want to take their street riding skills to a higher level. Total Control explains the ins and outs of high-performance street riding. Lee Parks, one of the most accomplished riders, racers, authors and instructors in the world, helps riders master the awe-inspiring performance potential of modern motorcycles. This book gives riders everything they need to develop the techniques and survival skills necessary to become a proficient, accomplished, and safer street rider. High quality photos, detailed instructions, and professional diagrams highlight the intricacies and proper techniques of street riding and the knowledge gained will apply to all brands of bikes from Harley-Davidson and Suzuki to Ducati and Kawaski to Honda and BMW and more! Readers will come away with a better understanding of everything from braking and cornering to proper throttle control, resulting in a more exhilarating yet safer ride.
Nowhere Near First: Ultramarathon Adventures From The Back Of The...
by Cory Reese

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English

Pages

240

Publication Date

September 05, 2016

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Long before Cory Reese strapped on his first pair of running shoes, he learned the key to being a successful ultrarunner: He knew how to suffer.<br /> <br />In “Nowhere Near First,” Cory shares his deeply personal story about experiencing his father’s suicide at a young age, and how this led to a career in endurance running and a desire to live life to the fullest.<br /> <br />“Nowhere Near First” is a humorous, captivating, and uplifting account of Cory’s memorable ultramarathon experiences. Not only does Cory’s entertaining and powerful writing allow readers a unique perspective into the challenges and rewards of running, but it also inspires each of us to turn tragedy into triumph. <br /> <br />“Cory Reese writes with humor, humbleness and honesty. His story is both uplifting and real, and his tales of persistence and perseverance are sure to inspire, whether you’re at the front of the pack or nowhere near first. Regardless of the title, this book’s a winner!”
<br /><b>~ Dean Karnazes, author of Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner</b> <br /> <br />“Cory Reese’s book, Nowhere Near First, is an immensely entertaining and profoundly educational story about overcoming challenges to forge a meaningful life. Reese’s story is must-read for people looking to find meaning and purpose in modern-day society.” <br /><b>~ Karl Hoagland, Publisher, UltraRunning Magazine</b> <br /> <br />“Cory has penned a very personal account of overcoming hardship in his personal and athletic life. Nowhere Near First tells his story of perseverance and survival in a vivid, down and dirty way that peaks with his extraordinarily positive way of looking at life.”<br /><b>~ Marshall Ulrich, author of Running On Empty: An Ultramarathoner’s Story of Love, Loss, and a Record-Setting Run Across America</b>
Rock Climbing Technique: The Practical Guide to Movement Mastery
by John Kettle

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English

Pages

138

Publication Date

September 01, 2018

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<p>If you have ever wanted to move effortlessly and get the most from your hard-won climbing fitness, this is the guide you've been waiting for.</p><p>Getting better at rock climbing doesn’t have to be about strength, endurance, flexibility or hours spent on repetitive training. It doesn’t need to be a balancing act between losing fitness and getting injured overtraining. Climbing is fundamentally a skill-based sport, and this guide will change the way you look at moving on rock.</p><p>Whatever your ability, learning to master smooth, relaxed and powerful movement means maximising your enjoyment and performance of the sport. This is the definitive practical guide to improving your rock climbing technique, and making you a more efficient climber. Fully illustrated with over 35 skills exercises supported by online videos, this book allows you to plan out your path to excellent technique with drills and exercises suited to all levels of ability.</p><p>Written by the UK's leading climbing movement specialist, it’s packed with the knowledge and expertise gained over two decades as a professional climbing coach. Essential reading for all climbers from intermediate to elite in sport climbing, bouldering and traditional climbing.</p>
Confessions of an Unlikely Runner: A Guide to Racing and Obstacle...
by Dana Ayers

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English

Pages

169

Publication Date

August 24, 2017

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Witty, observant, and full of cringe-worthy confessions and heartwarming encouragement, Confessions celebrates both running and life. Part Bridget Jones, part Forrest Gump, Dana Ayers chronicles her awkward mishaps and adventures in transitioning from childhood bookworm to accidental accomplished athlete. Over the last ten years, Ayers has completed a vast array of races. She runs them all while admittedly not getting much faster, much thinner, or much more disciplined—though she has managed to be on national television, split open her pants, and get electrocuted. Ayers intersperses her hilarious yet relatable struggles with insights about how and why she keeps running. A self-proclaimed ambassador of slow runners, Ayers has completed dozens of endurance challenges, including Tough Mudder, the Ragnar Relay, Muddy Buddy, Warrior Dash, Run Amuck, the Army Ten-Miler, the Country Music Marathon, and many more mud runs, obstacles courses, and races. Her race descriptions will entertain seasoned runners and non-runners alike. Woven into the chaos of her running adventures is compassionate reassurance for anyone who feels like they aren’t fast enough, athletic enough, or strong enough to finish a tough race. Though told with humor, Confessions’ stories share an underlying theme of Ayers’ serious reverence for the sport of running and the running community. Ayers describes experiences such as participating in a 1,000-mile relay for Boston Marathon bombing victims, and being overcome by emotion while observing wounded veterans struggling to finish a race. Her stories prove how life-enriching it can be to physically fight for something and to cheer on others who are doing the same. For anyone who has considered trying a marathon, an obstacle race, or simply taking up running for the first time, Ayers is your ambassador. If she can do it, you can too.

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