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Into Thin Air
by Jon Krakauer

Language

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>
The Sky Below: A True Story of Summits, Space, and Speed [Kindle ...
by , Susy Flory

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English

Pages

286

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>
To the Edges of the Earth: 1909, the Race for the Three Poles, an...
by Edward J. Larson

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English

Pages

352

Publication Date

March 13, 2018

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<p><strong>From the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, an entwined narrative of the most adventurous year of all time, when three expeditions simultaneously raced to the top, bottom, and heights of the world</strong></p><p><strong>"Suspenseful. ... Larson does full justice to his three protagonists’ remarkable bravery." —<em>Wall Street Journal</em></strong></p><p>As 1909 dawned, the greatest jewels of exploration—set at the world’s frozen extremes—lay unclaimed: the North and South Poles and the so-called “Third Pole,” the pole of altitude, located in unexplored heights of the Himalaya. Before the calendar turned, three expeditions had faced death, mutiny, and the harshest conditions on the planet to plant flags at the furthest edges of the Earth.</p><p>In the course of one extraordinary year, Americans Robert Peary and Matthew Henson were hailed worldwide at the discovers of the North Pole; Britain’s Ernest Shackleton had set a new geographic “Furthest South” record, while his expedition mate, Australian Douglas Mawson, had reached the Magnetic South Pole; and at the roof of the world, Italy’s Duke of the Abruzzi had attained an altitude record that would stand for a generation, the result of the first major mountaineering expedition to the Himalaya's eastern Karakoram, where the daring aristocrat attempted K2 and established the standard route up the most notorious mountain on the planet.  </p><p>Based on extensive archival and on-the-ground research, Edward J. Larson weaves these narratives into one thrilling adventure story<strong>.</strong> Larson, author of the acclaimed polar history <em>Empire of Ice</em>, draws on his own voyages to the Himalaya, the arctic, and the ice sheets of the Antarctic, where he himself reached the South Pole and lived in Shackleton’s Cape Royds hut as a fellow in the National Science Foundations’ Antarctic Artists and Writers Program.  </p><p>These three legendary expeditions, overlapping in time, danger, and stakes, were glorified upon their return, their leaders celebrated as the preeminent heroes of their day. Stripping away the myth, Larson, a master historian, illuminates one of the great, overlooked tales of exploration, revealing the extraordinary human achievement at the heart of these journeys.</p><p> </p>
Classic Krakauer: Mark Foo's Last Ride, After the Fall, and Other...
by Jon Krakauer

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English

Pages

137

Publication Date

February 27, 2018

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The gripping articles in <i>Classic Krakauer</i>, originally published in periodicals such as <i>The New Yorker</i>, <i>Outside</i>, and <i>Smithsonian</i>, display the singular investigative reporting that made Jon Krakauer famous—and show why he is considered a standard-bearer of modern journalism. Spanning an extraordinary range of subjects and locations, these articles take us from a horrifying avalanche on Mt. Everest to a volcano poised to obliterate a big chunk of greater Seattle at any moment; from a wilderness teen-therapy program run by apparent sadists to an otherwordly cave in New Mexico, studied by NASA to better understand Mars; from the notebook of one Fred Beckey, who catalogued the greatest unclimbed mountaineering routes on the planet, to the last days of legendary surfer Mark Foo. Rigorously researched and vividly written, marked by an unerring instinct for storytelling and scoop, the pieces in <i>Classic Krakauer</i> are unified by the author’s ambivalent love affair with unruly landscapes and his relentless search for truth.
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 />
Balancing on Blue: A Thru-Hiking Adventure on the Appalachian Tra...
by Mr Keith Foskett

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English

Pages

284

Publication Date

March 19, 2015

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<p>Amazing journeys begin with a single step, but only the dedicated keep walking.</p><p><b>Short-listed for Outdoor Book of the Year by The Great Outdoors Magazine</b></p><p>Every year thousands of adventurers attempt to hike all 2,180 miles of the gruelling and unforgiving Appalachian Trail. Around five months later, beaten and bruised, those who finish are known as thru-hikers.</p><p>Keith Foskett weaves a true-life tale that’s as thought-provoking as it is entertaining. Accompanied by an array of eclectic characters – including a world-champion juggler, a drug dealer, and a sex-starved builder from Minnesota – he takes the reader on a compelling adventure that pushes the limits of both endurance and imagination.</p><p>During his five months living in the woods, Foskett’s psychological apprehensions are stretched to the limit against the wild elements of nature. By turns humorous and harrowing, his journey allows him to overcome his fears while reflecting on the man he’s meant to be. His adventure weaves a route through some of America's wildest landscapes and history, and is told with insight, humour and reflection.</p><p>Perhaps he too will tame the most renowned long-distance hiking trail in the world, and emerge as a thru-hiker.</p><p><br /><b>Reviews for Balancing on Blue</b></p><p><br /><i>"A highly anticipated Appalachian Trail memoir, and well worth the wait."</i><br /><b>Daniel Neilson (The Great Outdoors Magazine)</b></p><p><i>"Long distance hikes are simultaneously life-affirming and total agony. Walking 2000 miles would be a phenomenal journey wherever in the world you did it. To tackle the legendary Appalachian Trail is a truly special experience, and one I dream of attempting sometime in my life. Amongst the bears, moose and rattlesnakes, climbing to 2000 metres, and countless aches and pains lives the memory of a special journey, the wonderful people who briefly share the experience with you, and the knowledge that lasts long after the final blister has healed. It’s a lifetime’s worth of adventurous memories crammed into one simple walk."</i><br /><b>Alastair Humphreys (Author, adventurer and a National Geographic Adventure of the Year)</b></p><p><i>"With thru-hiking gaining in popularity, many look to the Appalachian Trail to test out their trail legs, and discover why it holds the reputation it does.</i><br /><i>The wilds of this planet are serene, peaceful and offer the chance to break away from a normal existence. Keith’s wonderful perspective of the trail reflects this freedom."</i><br /><b>Jennifer Pharr Davis (Author and previous record holder for the fastest ever thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail).</b></p><p><i>"An entertaining and inspiring account of one of the world’s longest walks and the people who walk it. Keith is a perfect walking companion for the ups and downs of the trail – his easy and understated style kept me turning the pages.</i><br /><i>Essential reading for those contemplating their own big adventure."</i><br /><b>David Lintern (Editor - Outdoor Enthusiast Magazine)</b></p><p><i>"This book is for anyone who's ever dreamed about a big adventure, as Fozzie spins a funny, thought-provoking and inspiring tale of thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. You'll be handing in your notice and packing up your rucksack as soon as you've finished reading."</i><br /><b>Jenny Walters (Country Walking Magazine)</b></p><p><i>"Long distance backpacking trips can be monotonous, and it’s often the same story for most books about them. Balancing on Blue is something completely different and once again, Keith invites you to the world that he calls home.</i><br /><i>Be prepared for great story telling, unique and interesting characters, humour and insight."</i><br /><b>Andrew Skurka (Long distance hiker, adventurer and National Geographic Adventurer of the Year 2007).</b></p>
Limits of the Known
by David Roberts

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English

Pages

317

Publication Date

February 20, 2018

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<p>A celebrated mountaineer and author searches for meaning in great adventures and explorations, past and present.</p><br /><p>David Roberts, "veteran mountain climber and chronicler of adventures" (<em>Washington Post</em>), has spent his career documenting voyages to the most extreme landscapes on earth. In <em>Limits of the Known</em>, he reflects on humanity’s—and his own—relationship to extreme risk. Part memoir and part history, this book tries to make sense of why so many have committed their lives to the desperate pursuit of adventure.</p><br /><p>In the wake of his diagnosis with throat cancer, Roberts seeks answers with sharp new urgency. He explores his own lifelong commitment to adventuring, as well as the cultural contributions of explorers throughout history: What specific forms of courage and commitment did it take for Fridtjof Nansen to survive an eighteen-month journey from a record "farthest north" with no supplies and a single rifle during his polar expedition of 1893–96? What compelled Eric Shipton to return, five times, to the ridges of Mt. Everest, plotting the mountain’s most treacherous territory years before Hillary and Tenzing’s famous ascent? What drove Bill Stone to dive 3,000 feet underground into North America’s deepest cave?</p><br /><p>What motivates the explorers we most admire, who are willing to embark on perilous journeys and push the limits of the human body? And what is the future of adventure in a world we have mapped and trodden from end to end?</p>
Art of Freedom: The Life and Climbs of Voytek Kurtyka
by Bernadette McDonald

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English

Pages

376

Publication Date

August 08, 2017

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<p><b>Winner of the 2017 Banff Mountain Book Award for Mountain Literature (Non Fiction).</ br><br />Winner of the 2017 Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature.</ br><br />Winner of the National Outdoor Book Awards.</p></b><p><b><i>A profound and moving biography of one of the international climbing world's most respected, complicated and reclusive mountaineers.</i></b></p><p>Voytek Kurtyka remains one of the greatest alpinists of all time. Born in 1947, he was one of the leading lights of the Polish golden age of Himalayan climbing. His visionary approach to climbing resulted in many renowned ascents, such as the complete Broad Peak traverse, the “night naked” speed climbs of Cho Oyu and Shishapangma and, above all, the alpine-style ascent of the West Face of Gasherbrum IV. Dubbed the “climb of the century,” his route on G IV, as of 2016, has yet to be repeated. His most frequent climbing partners were alpine legends of their time: Polish Himalayan climber Jerzy Kukuczka, Swiss mountain guide Erhard Loretan and British alpinist Alex MacIntyre.</p><p>After repeated requests to accept the Piolet d’Or lifetime achievement award (the Academy Award of the climbing world), Kurtyka finally accepted the honour in the spring of 2016. A fiercely private individual, he continues to decline countless invitations for interviews, lectures and festival appearances, but has agreed to co-operate with internationally renowned and award winning Canadian author Bernadette McDonald on this long-awaited biography.</p><p>Certain to be a major event in the climbing world, <i>Art of Freedom</i> will appeal to all readers who dream of mountain landscapes and those who long to touch the sky.</p>
Critical Hours: Search and Rescue in the White Mountains
by Sandy Stott

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English

Pages

314

Publication Date

April 03, 2018

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A misread map, a sudden storm, a forgotten headlamp—and suddenly a leisurely hike can become a treacherous endeavor. In the past decade, cheap but sophisticated navigation devices and mobile phones have led to shocking levels of overconfidence on the trail. On top of this worrisome trend, the increasing popularity of mountain terrain has led those seeking solitude—or adrenaline—into increasingly remote or edgy forays. Sandy Stott, the “Accidents” editor at the journal of the Appalachian Mountain Club, delivers both a history and a celebration of the search-and-rescue workers who save countless lives in the White Mountains—along with a plea for us not to take their steadfastness and bravery for granted. Filled with tales of astonishing courage and sobering tragedy, Critical Hours will appeal to outdoor enthusiasts and armchair adventurers alike.
Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors
by Piers Paul Read

Language

English

Pages

320

Publication Date

October 11, 2016

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<DIV><B>The #1 <I>New York Times</I> bestseller and the true story behind the film: A rugby team resorts to the unthinkable after a plane crash in the Andes.</B><BR /><BR /> Spirits were high when the Fairchild F-227 took off from Mendoza, Argentina, and headed for Santiago, Chile. On board were forty-five people, including an amateur rugby team from Uruguay and their friends and family. The skies were clear that Friday, October 13, 1972, and at 3:30 p.m., the Fairchild’s pilot reported their altitude at 15,000 feet. But one minute later, the Santiago control tower lost all contact with the aircraft. For eight days, Chileans, Uruguayans, and Argentinians searched for it, but snowfall in the Andes had been heavy, and the odds of locating any wreckage were slim.<BR />  <BR /> Ten weeks later, a Chilean peasant in a remote valley noticed two haggard men desperately gesticulating to him from across a river. He threw them a pen and paper, and the note they tossed back read: “I come from a plane that fell in the mountains . . .”<BR />  <BR /> Sixteen of the original forty-five passengers on the F-227 survived its horrific crash. In the remote glacial wilderness, they camped in the plane’s fuselage, where they faced freezing temperatures, life-threatening injuries, an avalanche, and imminent starvation. As their meager food supplies ran out, and after they heard on a patched-together radio that the search parties had been called off, it seemed like all hope was lost. To save their own lives, these men and women not only had to keep their faith, they had to make an impossible decision: Should they eat the flesh of their dead friends?<BR />  <BR /> A remarkable story of endurance and determination, friendship and the human spirit, <I>Alive </I>is the dramatic bestselling account of one of the most harrowing quests for survival in modern times.<BR />  </DIV>

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