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Into Thin Air
by Jon Krakauer

Language

English

Pages

368

Publication Date

November 12, 1998

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<b>National Bestseller </b><br /><br />A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that "suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down." He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more--including Krakauer's--in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide the impetus for <b>Into Thin Air</b>, Krakauer's epic account of the May 1996 disaster.<br /><br />By writing <b>Into Thin Air</b>, Krakauer may have hoped to exorcise some of his own demons and lay to rest some of the painful questions that still surround the event. He takes great pains to provide a balanced picture of the people and events he witnessed and gives due credit to the tireless and dedicated Sherpas. He also avoids blasting easy targets such as Sandy Pittman, the wealthy socialite who brought an espresso maker along on the expedition. Krakauer's highly personal inquiry into the catastrophe provides a great deal of insight into what went wrong. But for Krakauer himself, further interviews and investigations only lead him to the conclusion that his perceived failures were directly responsible for a fellow climber's death. Clearly, Krakauer remains haunted by the disaster, and although he relates a number of incidents in which he acted selflessly and even heroically, he seems unable to view those instances objectively. In the end, despite his evenhanded and even generous assessment of others' actions, he reserves a full measure of vitriol for himself. <br /><br />This updated edition of <b>Into Thin Air</b> includes an extensive new postscript that sheds fascinating light on the acrimonious debate that flared between Krakauer and Everest guide Anatoli Boukreev in the wake of the tragedy.  "I have no doubt that Boukreev's intentions were good on summit day," writes Krakauer in the postscript, dated August 1999. "What disturbs me, though, was Boukreev's refusal to acknowledge the possibility that he made even a single poor decision. Never did he indicate that perhaps it wasn't the best choice to climb without gas or go down ahead of his clients." As usual, Krakauer supports his points with dogged research and a good dose of humility. But rather than continue the heated discourse that has raged since <b>Into Thin Air</b>'s denouncement of guide Boukreev, Krakauer's tone is conciliatory; he points most of his criticism at G. Weston De Walt, who coauthored <b>The Climb</b>, Boukreev's version of events. And in a touching conclusion, Krakauer recounts his last conversation with the late Boukreev, in which the two weathered climbers agreed to disagree about certain points. Krakauer had great hopes to patch things up with Boukreev, but the Russian later died in an avalanche on another Himalayan peak, Annapurna I. <br /><br />In 1999, Krakauer received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters--a prestigious prize intended "to honor writers of exceptional accomplishment."  According to the Academy's citation, "Krakauer combines the tenacity and courage of the finest tradition of investigative journalism with the stylish subtlety and profound insight of the born writer.  His account of an ascent of Mount Everest has led to a general reevaluation of climbing and of the commercialization of what was once a romantic, solitary sport; while his account of the life and death of Christopher McCandless, who died of starvation after challenging the Alaskan wilderness, delves even more deeply and disturbingly into the fascination of nature and the devastating effects of its lure on a young and curious mind."
New River Breeze: The Shocking Conclusion to the Mountain Breeze ...
by Ed Robinson

Language

English

Pages

318

Publication Date

June 14, 2019

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There is a fugitive near the New River that baffles Breeze with his speed and endurance. Creekside Investigations becomes occupied with the marital surveillance business; tracking cheating spouses in the High Country. Breeze can’t accept his failure to capture the Running Man, so he puts his fledgling business aside to return to the wilderness in pursuit of his prey. <br />It all leads to an explosive ending that will rip your guts out and leave you wondering what happens next. <br />
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>
Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers...
by , Amanda Padoan

Language

English

Pages

321

Publication Date

June 11, 2012

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<p><strong>Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award and the Banff Mountain Book Award for Mountain Literature<br /><br /><br /><br />"Gripping, intense…<em>Buried in the Sky</em> will satisfy anyone who loved [<em>Into Thin Air</em>]." —Kate Tuttle, <em>Boston Globe</em></strong></p><br /><p>When eleven climbers died on K2 in 2008, two Sherpas survived. Their astonishing tale became the stuff of mountaineering legend. This white-knuckle adventure follows the Sherpas from their remote villages in Nepal to the peak of the world’s most dangerous mountain, recounting one of the most dramatic disasters in alpine history from a fascinating new perspective.</p><br /><p>Winner of the NCTE George Orwell Award and an official selection of the American Alpine Club Book Club.</p>
The Useful Knots Book: How to Tie the 25+ Most Practical Rope Kno...
by Sam Fury

Language

English

Pages

74

Publication Date

June 20, 2016

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<h1>Discover How to Tie the Only Knots You'll Ever Need!</h1><p>Knowing how to tie knots is an important and useful skill, but some people get overwhelmed.</p><p>There are many knots, far too many for the average person to remember them all.</p><p> Fortunately, being able to tie just a handful of knots is enough to see you through.</p><p><b>The Useful Knots Book</b> is a no-nonsense knot guide on how to tie the <b>25+ most practical rope knots.</b></p><p>It comes with easy to follow instructions and pictures for tying each of the knots. It also has tips on when to best use each knot.</p><p><b>Get Your Copy of The Useful Knots Book Today</b></p><h2><b>Limited Time Only Bonus Freebies</b></h2><p><b>5 FREE BONUSES FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY!</b> Get your copy of The Useful Knots Book TODAY and you will receive:</p><ul><li>Survival roping techniques. Learn how to get yourself out of survival situations using nothing but a rope.</li><li>How to protect yourself from environmental dangers. Don't perish from cold and heat illnesses!</li><li>A basic first aid guide so you can save lives in critical situations.</li><li>The Survival Fitness Plan Super Burpee. A warm-up, stretch, and conditioning workout all in one exercise.</li><li>A 15-minute yoga stretch routine.</li></ul><h2>The Ultimate Knots Guide</h2><ul><li>Explanations of common knots and ropes terms</li><li>Easy to follow instructions and clear pictures</li><li>Tips for proper rope care</li><li>Advice on how to choose right knot for the job</li><li>All the fundamental boy scout knots</li></ul><p><b><i>... and much, much more!</i></b></p><h2>Learn About The 5 Main Types of Knots and When to Use Them</h2><ul><li>Stopper Knots</li><li>Loops</li><li>Hitches</li><li>Bends</li><li>Lashing</li></ul><h2><b>Discover all the Knots You Need</b></h2><p><b>in this complete knot tying visual guide</b></p><ul><li>From basic knots to more advanced ones</li><li>Climbing knots</li><li>Various bowline knots</li><li>Fishing knots</li><li>Boating knots</li><li>Knots for survival</li></ul><p><i><b>... and more!</b></i></p><p><b>Get Your Copy of The Useful Knots Book and Start Tying Knots Today</b></p>
Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills
by The Mountaineers

Language

English

Pages

624

Publication Date

October 05, 2017

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<br /><iframe width="400" height="225" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/H1Z86caKPLM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /><br /><br /><i> “The definitive guide to mountains and climbing . . .”</i>—Conrad Anker<br /><br /><br />For nearly 60 years it’s been revered as the “bible” of mountaineering–and now it’s even better than ever <br /><br /><br />• The best-selling instructional text for new and intermediate climbers for more than half a century<br /><br />• New edition—fully updated techniques and all-new illustrations<br /><br />• Researched and written by a team of expert climbers<br /><br /><br /><br /><i>Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills</i> is the text beloved by generations of new climbers—the standard for climbing education around the world where it has been translated into 12 languages. For the all-new 9th Edition, committees comprosed of active climbers and climbing educators reviewed every chapter of instruction, and discussed updates with staff from the American Alpine Club (AAC), the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE), and the Access Fund. They also worked with professional members of the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), to review their work and ensure that the updated textbook includes the most current best practices for both alpine and rock climbing instruction.<br /><br /><br /><br />From gear selection to belay and repel techniques, from glacier travel to rope work, to safety, safety, and more safety—there is no more comprehensive and thoroughly vetted training manual for climbing than the standard set by <i>Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills, 9th Edition.</i><br /><br /><br /><br />Significant updates to this edition include:<br /><br />• New alignment with AAC’s nationwide universal belay standard<br /><br />• Expanded and more detailed avalanche safety info, including how to better understand avalanches, evaluate hazards, travel safely in avy terrain, and locate and rescue a fellow climber in an avalanche<br /><br />• Newly revamped chapters on clothing and camping<br /><br />• All-new illustrations reflecting the latest gear and techniques—created by artist John McMullen, former art director of <i>Climbing</i> magazine<br /><br />• Review of and contributions to multiple sections by AMGA-certified guides<br /><br />• Fresh approach to the Ten Essentials—now making the iconic list easier to recall<br />
Touching the Void
by Joe Simpson

Language

English

Pages

192

Publication Date

December 12, 2012

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The 25th Anniversary ebook, now with more than 50 images. 'Touching the Void' is the tale of two mountaineer’s harrowing ordeal in the Peruvian Andes. In the summer of 1985, two young, headstrong mountaineers set off to conquer an unclimbed route. They had triumphantly reached the summit, when a horrific accident mid-descent forced one friend to leave another for dead. Ambition, morality, fear and camaraderie are explored in this electronic edition of the mountaineering classic, with never before seen colour photographs taken during the trip itself. <br /><br />Included in the ebook and free sample is a link to a ten minute video interview with Joe, discussing the challenges and changes that have come to pass in the 25 years since original publication (Please check if your device is able to stream videos - Internet connection required).
The Push: A Climber's Search for the Path
by Tommy Caldwell

Language

English

Pages

344

Publication Date

May 16, 2017

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<b>A <i>New York Times</i> Bestseller<br /><br />A dramatic, inspiring memoir by legendary rock climber Tommy Caldwell, the first person to free climb the Dawn Wall of Yosemite’s El Capitan   <br /><br />“The rarest of adventure reads:  it thrills with colorful details of courage and perseverance but it enriches readers with an absolutely captivating glimpse into how a simple yet unwavering resolve can turn adversity into reward.” —<i>The Denver Post</i></b><br /> <b><br />A finalist for the Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature</b><br /><br />On January 14, 2015, Tommy Caldwell, along with his partner, Kevin Jorgeson, summited what is widely regarded as the hardest climb in history—Yosemite’s nearly vertical 3,000-foot Dawn Wall, after nineteen days on the route. Caldwell’s odds-defying feat—the subject of the documentary film <i>The Dawn Wall </i>to be released nationwide in September—was the culmination of an entire lifetime of pushing himself to his limits as an athlete.<br /><br /> This engrossing memoir chronicles the journey of a boy with a fanatical mountain-guide father who was determined to instill toughness in his son to a teen whose obsessive nature drove him to the top of the sport-climbing circuit. Caldwell’s affinity for adventure then led him to the vertigo-inducing and little understood world of big wall free climbing. But his evolution as a climber was not without challenges; in his early twenties, he was held hostage by militants in a harrowing ordeal in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. Soon after, he lost his left index finger in an accident. Later his wife, and main climbing partner, left him. Caldwell emerged from these hardships with a renewed sense of purpose and determination. He set his sights on free climbing El Capitan’s biggest, steepest, blankest face—the Dawn Wall. This epic assault took more than seven years, during which time Caldwell redefined the sport, found love again, and became a father. <br /><br /> <i>The Push</i> is an arresting story of focus, drive, motivation, endurance, and transformation, a book that will appeal to anyone seeking to overcome fear and doubt, cultivate perseverance, turn failure into growth, and find connection with family and with the natural world.
Training for the New Alpinism: A Manual for the Climber as Athlet...
by , Scott Johnston

Language

English

Pages

464

Publication Date

March 11, 2014

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<div>In <I>Training for the New Alpinism</I>, Steve House, world-class climber and Patagonia ambassador, and Scott Johnston, coach of U.S. National Champions and World Cup Nordic Skiers, translate training theory into practice to allow you to coach yourself to any mountaineering goal. Applying training practices from other endurance sports, House and Johnston demonstrate that following a carefully designed regimen is as effective for alpinism as it is for any other endurance sport and leads to better performance. They deliver detailed instruction on how to plan and execute training tailored to your individual circumstances. Whether you work as a banker or a mountain guide, live in the city or the country, are an ice climber, a mountaineer heading to Denali, or a veteran of 8,000-meter peaks, your understanding of how to achieve your goals grows exponentially as you work with this book. Chapters cover endurance and strength training theory and methodology, application and planning, nutrition, altitude, mental fitness, and assessing your goals and your strengths. Chapters are augmented with inspiring essays by world-renowned climbers, including Ueli Steck, Mark Twight, Peter Habeler, Voytek Kurtyka, and Will Gadd. Filled with photos, graphs, and illustrations.<BR></div>
SAS Survival Handbook, Third Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Survi...
by John 'Lofty' Wiseman

Language

English

Pages

579

Publication Date

November 11, 2014

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<p><strong>The ultimate guide to surviving anywhere, now updated with more than 100 pages of additional material, including a new chapter on urban survival </strong></p><p><strong>"A classic. ... Addresses every conceivable disaster scenario. Don’t leave home without it” <em>—</em><em>Outside</em></strong></p><p>Revised to reflect the latest in survival knowledge and technology, and covering new topics such as urban survival and terrorism, the multimillion-copy worldwide bestseller <em>SAS Survival Handbook</em> by John "Lofty" Wiseman is the definitive resource for all campers, hikers, and outdoor adventurers. From basic campcraft and navigation to fear management and strategies for coping with any type of disaster, this complete course includes:</p><p>Being prepared: Understanding basic survival skills, like reading the weather, and preparation essentials, such as a pocket survival kit.</p><p>Making camp: Finding the best location, constructing the appropriate shelter, organizing camp, staying warm, and creating tools.</p><p>Food: What to eat, what to avoid, where to find it, and how to prepare it.</p><p>First aid: A comprehensive course in emergency/wilderness medicine, including how to maximize survival in any climate or when injured.</p><p>Disaster survival: How to react in the face of natural disasters and hostile situations—and how to survive if all services and supplies are cut off.</p><p>Self-defense: Arming yourself with basic hand-to-hand combat techniques.</p><p>Security: Protecting your family and property from intrusion, break-ins, and theft.</p><p>Climate & terrain: Overcoming any location, from the tropics to the poles, from the desert to the mountains and sea.</p>

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