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CLIMBING AND MOUNTAINEERING EXPLOITS: 20 True Life Accounts
by Peter Stratton

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English

Pages

108

Publication Date

September 17, 2017

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The exploits of a mountaineer drawn from 20 years of experiences from around the world including the Alps, Himalayas, Mexico and also the British Isles. The book describes epic climbs, misadventures and near misses, too many for comfort, which the author has been involved in. There are accounts of hardship, endurance, pain and triumph. The book is written to be enjoyed by both climbers and non-climbers; an exhilarating and inspiring book by any measure.
Adventures of a Mountain Man: The Narrative of Zenas Leonard
by Zenas Leonard

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English

Pages

132

Publication Date

September 03, 2017

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<h2><b>"A completely trustworthy account of Rocky Mountain trapping, 1831-35, including experiences with Walker's expedition from Salt Lake to California, 1833, of which it is the chief first-hand authority."--U.S.iana</b></h2><br /><br />In the spring of 1830, Leonard, a native of Clearfield, Pennsylvania embarked on an expedition across the Rocky Mountains, in the capacity of clerk to the company. <br /><br />One misfortune after another happening to the company, he was deprived of all in the fall of 1835—after an absence of 5 years and 6 months.<br /> <br />Written in response to popular demand, Leonard's account of these years, based in large part on ‘a minute journal of every incident that occurred,’ is recognized as one of the fundamental sources on the exploration of the American West. <br /><br />A free trapper until the summer of 1833, when he entered the employ of Captain B. L. E. Bonneville, Leonard was part of the group sent under command of Captain Joseph Walker to explore the Great Salt Lake region—an expedition that resulted in Walker's finding the overland route to California. <br /><br />The Narrative ends in August 1835, with Leonard's return to Independence.<br /><br /><b>Zenas Leonard</b> (March 19, 1809 – July 14, 1857) was an American mountain man, explorer and trader, best known for his journal <em>Narrative of the Adventures of Zenas Leonard</em>.Leonard worked for his uncle in Pittsburgh before moving to St. Louis and working as a clerk for the fur company, Gannt and Blackwell. <br /><br />In 1831 he went with Gant and Blackwell's company of about 70 men on a trapping and trading expedition. Living off the land (Leonard reported that "The flesh of the Buffaloe is the wholesomest and most palatable of meat kind"), Leonard and his associates endured great privation while amassing a fortune in furs; the horses died in the harsh winter and the party was at times near starvation. They survived, in part, by trading with Native Americans. Among the more helpful tribal members he reported encountering was a negro who claimed to have been on Lewis & Clark's expedition, and who may have been the explorer-slave York. In 1835 Leonard returned to Independence, Missouri with enough wealth in furs to establish a store and trading post at Fort Osage. He continued to trade along the river for the rest of his life. <br /><br />Leonard's journal was published in book form by D.W. Moore of Clearfield, Pennsylvania in 1839, after being serialized in the Clearfield Republican. It includes many details of the different tribes with which his parties interacted. As it is in the public domain, there are numerous reprints.<br />
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>
The Jack of All Trades: New Ideas for American Boys
by , James Zimmerhoff

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English

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Publication Date

September 15, 2017

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THE JACK OF ALL<br />TRADES<br />OR<br />NEW IDEAS FOR AMERICAN BOYS<br />D. C. Beard<br />New York<br />It was not the author’s original intention to produce a series of boys’ books. On the<br />contrary, he expected that his work in this line would begin and end with “The American<br />Boy’s Handy Book.”<br />The great popularity of that book is a constant source of gratification and pleasure to the<br />author; but he was not a little surprised and embarrassed when he discovered that in<br />place of satisfying the lads he had only whetted their appetite for more material in the<br />same line. Letters from boys in many parts of the British Provinces, and from all over the<br />United States, convinced the writer that he had yet work to do for them, and the revised<br />and enlarged edition of “The American Boy’s Handy Book” was issued. After a brief<br />period of time the quaintly worded letters in boyish handwriting began again to increase<br />the mail left at the author’s studio, and this time he laid aside his brush and pencil to<br />produce “The Outdoor Handy Book.”<br />It is hoped that the present demand for new ideas for boys will be fully satisfied by “The<br />Jack of All Trades.” To the best of the author’s knowledge and belief there is not a thing<br />described in this book which has not been proved practical by the experiments of himself<br />or some boy or boys. Parts of this book have appeared in various periodicals, but all<br />these chapters have been revised and enlarged.<br />It is now a generally accepted truth that the so-called skill of the hand is in reality the skill<br />of a trained mind. The necessity, in work or play, of constantly overcoming new<br />obstacles and solving new problems, develops a strong and normal mind and body.<br />There can be little doubt that the rude schooling and hard knocks of a pioneer’s life<br />rejuvenated our race and developed those qualities in the characters of Americans,<br />without which Washington would have been but a country gentleman and Lincoln a<br />village store-keeper. Had little Abe Lincoln been reared under the care of a foreign<br />woman with cap and ribbons (i.e. a French nurse), his strong manly character would<br />never have been developed and our country would have lost one of its grandest patriots<br />and history its most unique figure.<br />Aside from these vitally important facts, art demands that our youth should be<br />encouraged to do things for themselves, to produce things by their own labor. The most<br />finished product of the machine cannot appeal to the heart of a real artist as does some<br />useful and homely object which still bears the marks of its maker’s hands.<br />For these reasons the author hopes that parents will allow their boys to be boyish boys;<br />and in order to keep them out of mischief they will cater to the lads’ natural and healthy<br />desire for entertainment by encouraging them in all rational projects and supplying them<br />with tools and materials, so that the boys may all become juvenile Jacks of All Trades.<br />It is the object of the author, in the chapters devoted to animal life, to teach the boys to<br />look upon all animals with the same thoughtful kindness with which they might view their<br />own undeveloped brothers.<br />To Harper & Brothers, and to The Ladies’ Home Journal the thanks of the author are due<br />for the careful preservation and return of such original drawings as were used by them in<br />their respective publications, and without which this work would be incomplete.<br />D. C. B.<br />
Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors
by Piers Paul Read

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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>
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>
No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World's 14 Highest Peaks
by , David Roberts

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English

Pages

368

Publication Date

October 17, 2006

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<b>This gripping and triumphant memoir from the author of <i>The Mountain</i> follows a living legend of extreme mountaineering as he makes his assault on history, one 8,000-meter summit at a time.<br /></b><br />For eighteen years Ed Viesturs pursued climbing’s holy grail: to stand atop the world’s fourteen 8,000-meter peaks, without the aid of bottled oxygen. But<i> No Shortcuts to the Top</i> is as much about the man who would become the first American to achieve that goal as it is about his stunning quest. As Viesturs recounts the stories of his most harrowing climbs, he reveals a man torn between the flat, safe world he and his loved ones share and the majestic and deadly places where only he can go.<br /><br />A preternaturally cautious climber who once turned back 300 feet from the top of Everest but who would not shrink from a peak (Annapurna) known to claim the life of one climber for every two who reached its summit, Viesturs lives by an unyielding motto, “Reaching the summit is optional. Getting down is mandatory.” It is with this philosophy that he vividly describes fatal errors in judgment made by his fellow climbers as well as a few of his own close calls and gallant rescues. And, for the first time, he details his own pivotal and heroic role in the 1996 Everest disaster made famous in Jon Krakauer's <i>Into Thin Air. <br /><br /></i>In addition to the raw excitement of Viesturs’s odyssey, <i>No Shortcuts to the Top </i>is leavened with many funny moments revealing the camaraderie between climbers. It is more than the first full account of one of the staggering accomplishments of our time; it is a portrait of a brave and devoted family man and his beliefs that shaped this most perilous and magnificent pursuit.
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>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></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>
SAS Survival Handbook, Third Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Survi...
by John 'Lofty' Wiseman

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English

Pages

672

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 outdoor manual [that] addresses every conceivable disaster scenario. Don’t leave home without it”--<em>Outside </em>magazine</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>
The Push: A Climber's Journey of Endurance, Risk, and Going Beyon...
by Tommy Caldwell

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English

Pages

345

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 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.

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