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Into Thin Air
by Jon Krakauer

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English

Pages

368

Publication Date

November 12, 1998

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When Jon Krakauer reached the summit of Mt. Everest in the early afternoon of May 10,1996, he hadn't slept in fifty-seven hours and was reeling from the brain-altering effects of oxygen depletion. As he turned to begin the perilous descent from 29,028 feet (roughly the cruising altitude of an Airbus jetliner), twenty other climbers were still pushing doggedly to the top, unaware that the sky had begun to roil with clouds...<br /><br /><i>Into Thin Air</i> is the definitive account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed Outside journalist and author of the bestselling Into the Wild. Taking the reader step by step from Katmandu to the mountain's deadly pinnacle, Krakauer has his readers shaking on the edge of their seat. Beyond the terrors of this account, however, he also peers deeply into the myth of the world's tallest mountain. What is is about Everest that has compelled so many poeple--including himself--to throw caution to the wind, ignore the concerns of loved ones, and willingly subject themselves to such risk, hardship, and expense? <br /><br />Written with emotional clarity and supported by his unimpeachable reporting, Krakauer's eyewitness account of what happened on the roof of the world is a singular achievement.<br /><br /><br /><i>From the Paperback edition.</i>
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>
Banner Elk Breeze (Mountain Breeze Book 1)
by Ed Robinson

Language

English

Pages

321

Publication Date

October 23, 2018

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Breeze escapes his demons in Florida by moving to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. He and Brody are settling into their new life when he stumbles onto a plot of marijuana plants on public land. Knowing a thing or two about growing weed, Breeze befriends the mysterious mountain man tending to the crop. <br /><br /> When his new friend is killed, he tries to help law enforcement solve the crime. When the authorities prove reluctant, he is forced to take matters into his own hands. In the process, he transforms from boat bum to a true man of the mountains. <br />
The Sky Below: A True Story of Summits, Space, and Speed [Kindle ...
by , Susy Flory

Language

English

Pages

244

Publication Date

August 01, 2017

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<p><b>“Scott Parazynski’s drive, curiosity, inventiveness, and great humor shine through the pages of <i>The Sky Below</i> and will certainly inspire future generations to pursue their dreams with every fiber in their being.” —John Glenn, NASA astronaut</b></p><p>An epic memoir from a man whose life is defined by exploration and innovation, <i>The Sky Below</i> re-creates some of the most unforgettable adventures of our time. From dramatic, high-risk spacewalks to author Scott Parazynski’s death-defying quest to summit Mount Everest—his body ravaged by a career in space—readers will experience the life of an elite athlete, physician, and explorer.</p><p>This intimate, compelling account offers a rare portrait of space exploration from the inside. A global nomad raised in the shadow of NASA’s Apollo missions, Parazynski never lost sight of his childhood dream to one day don a spacesuit and float outside the airlock. With deep passion, unbridled creativity, resilience, humility, and self-deprecation, Parazynski chases his dream of the ultimate adventure experience, again and again and again. In an era that transitioned from moon shots to the Space Shuttle, space station, and Mars research, Parazynski flies with John Glenn, tests jet packs, trains in Russia to become a cosmonaut, and flies five missions to outer space (including seven spacewalks) in his seventeen-year NASA career.</p><p>An unparalleled, visceral opportunity to understand what it’s like to train for—and deploy to—a home in zero gravity, <i>The Sky Below</i> also portrays an astronaut’s engagement with the challenges of his life on Earth, including raising a beautiful autistic daughter and finding true love.</p>
The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest
by , G. Weston DeWalt

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English

Pages

409

Publication Date

September 22, 2015

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<p><i>Everest</i>, the major motion picture from Universal Pictures, is set for wide release on September 18, 2015. Read <i>The Climb</i>, Anatoli Boukreev (portrayed by Ingvar Sigurðsson in the film) and G. Weston DeWalt’s compelling account of those fateful events on Everest.</p><p>In May 1996 three expeditions attempted to climb Mount Everest on the Southeast Ridge route pioneered by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953. Crowded conditions slowed their progress. Late in the day twenty-three men and women-including expedition leaders Scott Fischer and Rob Hall-were caught in a ferocious blizzard. Disoriented and out of oxygen, climbers struggled to find their way down the mountain as darkness approached. Alone and climbing blind, Anatoli Boukreev brought climbers back from the edge of certain death. This new edition includes a transcript of the Mountain Madness expedition debriefing recorded five days after the tragedy, as well as G. Weston DeWalt's response to <i>Into Thin Air </i>author Jon Krakauer.</p>
The Push: A Climber's Search for the Path
by Tommy Caldwell

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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.
Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers...
by , Amanda Padoan

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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: "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>
Chasing Denali: The Sourdoughs, Cheechakos, and Frauds behind the...
by Jonathan Waterman

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English

Pages

184

Publication Date

November 01, 2018

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<span>The history of mountaineering began on Denali with the legendary story of four gold miners (called “Sourdoughs” because they carried sourdough starter with them at all times) who claimed to have summited after climbing more than 8,000 feet of steep snow and ice, then back down again—all in a single and incredibly dangerous day in 1910. Lugging a 25-pound, 14-foot flagpole to mark their success, they took on North America’s highest peak using sheet metal crampons, coal shovels, hatchets, and alpenstocks to balance their way up the mountain. Was the expedition a success or a hoax? Denali climber Jon Waterman brings this colorful mountaineering mystery to life. </span>
SAS Survival Handbook, Third Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Survi...
by John 'Lofty' Wiseman

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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>
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 />

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