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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."
Following Atticus: Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an...
by Tom Ryan

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English

Pages

301

Publication Date

September 20, 2011

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<p>After a close friend died of cancer, middle-aged, overweight, acrophobic newspaperman Tom Ryan decided to pay tribute to her in a most unorthodox manner. Ryan and his friend, miniature schnauzer Atticus M. Finch, would attempt to climb all forty-eight of New Hampshire’s four-thousand-foot peaks twice in one winter while raising money for charity. It was an adventure of a lifetime, leading them across hundreds of miles and deep into an enchanting but dangerous winter wonderland. At the heart of the amazing journey was the extraordinary relationship they shared, one that blurred the line between man and dog.</p><p><em>Following Atticus</em> is an unforgettable true saga of adventure, friendship, and the unlikeliest of family, as one remarkable animal opens the eyes and heart of a tough-as-nails newspaperman to the world’s beauty and its possibilities.</p>
Training for the Uphill Athlete: A Manual for Mountain Runners an...
by , Kilian Jornet

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English

Pages

516

Publication Date

March 12, 2019

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<p>Dovetailing on the success of <i>Training for the New Alpinism</i> and Patagonia’s own emphasis on all mountain use, <i>Training for the Uphill Athlete</i> translates theory into methodology to allow you to write your own training plans and coach yourself to endurance goals. Steve House, one of the best mountaineers, and his coach Scott Johnston, an Olympic-level cross country ski coach, along with Kilian Jornet, hands-down best endurance athlete at this time, present training principles for the multisport mountain athlete who regularly participates in a mix of distance running, ski mountaineering, and other endurance sports that require optimum fitness and customized strength. <p>This is an authoritative but accessible training manual for athletes and coaches who feel most alive in the mountains or pushing the uphill ascent. Distance running, ski mountaineering, skimo, and skyrunning are becoming increasingly popular all over the world, and are often undertaken by the same person during a single year. This book collects the scientifically backed and athlete-tested wisdom and experience of three of the best uphill athletes and coaches and extrapolates both to educate outdoor athletes of all stripes to perform their best. <i>The book includes the same mix of theory, application, and experiential essays from experts in the field, as well as instructional illustrations as in <i>Training for the New Alpinism<i>. Contributions by Kilian Jornet increase the worldwide appeal of the book.
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>
Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors
by Piers Paul Read

Language

English

Pages

320

Publication Date

October 11, 2016

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<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 />  
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.
Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills
by The Mountaineers

Language

English

Pages

624

Publication Date

October 05, 2017

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<br /><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 />
Go North, Young Man: Modern Homesteading in Alaska
by Gordon Stoddard

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English

Pages

256

Publication Date

September 02, 2019

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<b>In 1951, at the age of 25, Gordon Stoddard packed his bags and set out for the wilds of Alaska.<br /><br />For the next four years he spent his life hunting, fishing, foraging and surviving in the bitter conditions of the Kenai Peninsula.</b><br /><br />Like many veterans who returned from the Second World War, Stoddard had found civilian life too tame and wished to go on an adventure without the constraints of the modern world.<br /><br />Stoddard arrived at his destination with a small pamphlet entitled “How to Build a Cabin” and within three days had constructed his home, insulated with cardboard cartons.<br /><br />This book is a remarkable story of how Stoddard overcomes numerous obstacles, often with the assistance of his eccentric neighbors, in order to survive in this rugged wilderness.<br /><br /><em>Go North, Young Man: Modern Homesteading in Alaska</em> is a fascinating account of one man’s journey into the Alaskan wilderness to begin life as a homesteader, away from the confusion and constrictions of the modern world.<br /><br />Gordon Stoddard grew up in California where he spent his early years fishing, swimming, hunting, and growing vegetables. When the Second World War broke out he spent three years as a signalman on a sub-chaser in the South Pacific. His book <em>Go North, Young Man: Modern Homesteading in Alaska</em> which was first published in 1957 records four years of his life as a homesteader. He passed away in 2006.<br />
Training for the New Alpinism: A Manual for the Climber as Athlet...
by , Scott Johnston

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English

Pages

464

Publication Date

March 11, 2014

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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 />

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