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Farthest North: Being the Record of a Voyage of Exploration of t...
by Dr. Fridtjof Nansen

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English

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Publication Date

September 19, 2017

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<b>“Not since the publication of Mr. Stanley's 'In Darkest Africa' has any work of travel been received with the enthusiastic welcome accorded to Dr. Nansen's 'Farthest North.'”</b> –The Publisher, 1897<br /><br />Written for the popular reading public, "Farthest North" delighted thousands by its vigor of imagination, its masterful handling of material, its distinguished style. Fiction has woven no story to compare in fascinating interest with this tale of actual struggle with the unrelenting forces of inhospitable nature. This man, who captivated readers by his brilliant exploits, who “has lifted the veil which concealed the secrets of the North Polar regions,” is a typical Norseman characterised by the grace, the quiet dignity, and the unspoiled naturalness, that well become a great, self-reliant man of sublime achievement.<br /><br />Nansen's Fram expedition was an 1893–1896 attempt by the Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1930) to reach the geographical North Pole by harnessing the natural east–west current of the Arctic Ocean. <br /><br />In the face of much discouragement from other polar explorers, Nansen took his ship Fram to the New Siberian Islands in the eastern Arctic Ocean, froze her into the pack ice, and waited for the drift to carry her towards the pole. Impatient with the slow speed and erratic character of the drift, after 18 months Nansen and a chosen companion, Hjalmar Johansen, left the ship with a team of dogs and sledges and made for the pole. <br /><br />In 1897, Nansen published a narrative of the expedition, "Farthest North," which was received with jubilation at the time of its publication:<br /><br />"This unrivaled book of Arctic travel is an account of an expedition totally unlike all others before it." Hugh Robert Mill, Geographer<br /><br /> “The heroism is magnificent…the man who defies the uncontrollable forces of Nature.” London Quarterly and Holborn Review<br /><br />“A remarkable book…a brilliant record of skill, courage and perseverance amid enormous difficulties as well as of a success without a parallel. Life and adventures in the Polar seas have never been described with a more brilliant pen. Nansen is a master in the art of writing as well as in the art of exploration…keeps readers’ attention and interest always on the alert.” Scottish Review<br /><br />Nansen's plan for the expedition had found scanty favor with the geographers, whom he gibbets in the early part of his book with evident enjoyment. Greely had called the expedition “Dr. Nansen's illogical scheme of self-destruction.” <br /><br />The details of building Fram, undoubtedly the most ingenious boat ever launched at that time, will be read with keen interest. She was to be a fully-rigged vessel of 170 tons, with 6-knot engines , built on such lines and of such materials as should withstand or evade the tremendous ice-pressure to which she would be subjected. From the designing and building of the ship to the minutest portion of the stores she carried, no pains had been spared to deserve success.<br /><br />Both while on the Fram and during his sledge journey with Johansen, Dr. Nansen kept a diary, and at times he has drawn largely on its pages in compiling his story. Nansen writes: “I laugh at the scurvy; I laugh at the ice; we are living, as it were, in an impregnable castle. I laugh at the cold; it is nothing. But I do not laugh at the winds; they are everything; they bend to no man's will.”<br /><br />Outside of the protection of the Fram, the warlike appearance of walruses or polar bears wasn't welcome, especially when the walruses ripped open the kayaks or the bears killed the dogs--or attacked the men. As Nansen relates: "I drew my sledge to the end of the ice, when I heard a scuffle behind me, and I turned round and saw an enormous bear throwing itself on him, and Johansen on his back...." <br /><br />A hundred years after the expedition the British explorer Wally Herbert called the Fram voyage "one of the most inspiring examples of courageous intelligence in the history of exploration."
Downhill Skiing in Western Montana: An Insider's Guide
by Jeff Schmerker

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English

Pages

106

Publication Date

September 20, 2017

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From international-class resorts to throwback areas legendary for their remoteness, downhill skiing in western Montana offers diversity which matches the region's mountains and weather. This guide takes you to each mountain with the perspective of a local -- where to go, what to ski, and what to skip.
Skating Forward: Olympic Memories, Olympic Spirit
by Joanne Vassallo Jamrosz

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English

Pages

96

Publication Date

September 21, 2017

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“Then, it hit me. The enormity of the moment. The American flag rose for something wonderful at a time when so many enemies were attacking our country. It was emotionally overwhelming, and I spent such effort not to cry and break down on what was happening.” –Jim Millns – Innsbruck 1976<br /><br />“The athletes, one by one realizing they did it, the years of hard work and sacrifice paid off. They were at the Olympics. It didn’t matter if it was someone’s first or fifth. They all walked in the same pride, joy and emotion.” –Jeremy Abbott – Vancouver 2010, Sochi 2014<br /><br />“It has challenged me to reach deep into my soul and grow as a person. The journey has also taught me to live each day with no regrets or apology. Tomorrow is never promised” –Staci Montagna-Vail
Mind Gym: An Athlete's Guide to Inner Excellence (NTC Sports/Fitn...
by , David Casstevens

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English

Pages

240

Publication Date

June 24, 2002

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<p><b>Praise for <i>Mind Gym</i></b></p> <p>"Believing in yourself is paramount to success for any athlete. Gary's lessons and David's writing provide examples of the importance of the mental game."<br /><br />--<b>Ben Crenshaw</b>, two-time Masters champion and former Ryder Cup captain</p> <p>"<i>Mind Gym</i> hits a home run. If you want to build mental muscle for the major leagues, read this book."<br /><br />--<b>Ken Griffey Jr.</b>, Major League Baseball MVP</p> <p>"I read <i>Mind Gym</i> on my way to the Sydney Olympics and really got a lot out of it. Gary has important lessons to teach, and you'll find the exercises fun and beneficial."<br /><br />--<b>Jason Kidd</b>, NBA All-Star and Olympic gold-medal winner</p> <p>In <i>Mind Gym</i>, noted sports psychology consultant Gary Mack explains how your mind influences your performance on the field or on the court as much as your physical skill does, if not more so. Through forty accessible lessons and inspirational anecdotes from prominent athletes--many of whom he has worked with--you will learn the same techniques and exercises Mack uses to help elite athletes build mental "muscle." <i>Mind Gym</i> will give you the "head edge" over the competition.</p>
Hockey Goaltending
by , Brian van Vliet

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English

Pages

248

Publication Date

August 31, 2017

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Leading authorities on goaltending bring you the definitive guide to stopping more pucks, winning more games, and lowering your goals against average.
Arctic Dreams
by Barry Lopez

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English

Pages

496

Publication Date

June 25, 2013

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<DIV><B>This <I>New York Times</I>–bestselling exploration of the Arctic, a National Book Award winner, is “one of the finest books ever written about the far North” (<I>Publishers Weekly</I>). </B><BR />  <BR /> “The nation’s premier nature writer” travels to a landscape at once barren and beautiful, perilous and alluring, austere yet teeming with vibrant life, and shot through with human history (<I>San Francisco Chronicle</I>). The Arctic has for centuries been a destination for the most ambitious explorers—a place of dreams, fears, and awe-inspiring spectacle. This “dazzling” account by the author of <I>Of Wolves and Men</I> takes readers on a breathtaking journey into the heart of one of the world’s last frontiers (<I>The</I><I> New York Times</I>).<BR />  <BR /> Based on Barry Lopez’s years spent traveling the Arctic regions in the company of Eskimo hunting parties and scientific expeditions alike, <I>Arctic Dreams </I>investigates the unique terrain of the human mind, thrown into relief against the vastness of the tundra and the frozen ocean. Eye-opening and profoundly moving, it is a magnificent appreciation of how wilderness challenges and inspires us.<BR />  <BR /> Renowned environmentalist and author of <I>Desert Solitaire</I> Edward Abbey has called <I>Arctic Dreams</I> “a splendid book . . . by a man who is both a first-rate writer and an uncompromising defender of the wild country and its native inhabitants”—and the<I> New Yorker </I>hails it as a “landmark” work of travel writing. A vivid, thoughtful, and atmospheric read, it has earned multiple prizes, including the National Book Award, the Christopher Medal, the Oregon Book Award, and a nomination for the National Book Critics Circle Award.<BR />  <BR /><I>This ebook features an illustrated biography of Barry Lopez including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.</I><BR />  </DIV>
Annapurna: The First Conquest of an 8,000-Meter Peak
by Maurice Herzog

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English

Pages

336

Publication Date

July 26, 2011

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<DIV><B>One of <I>Sports Illustrated</I>’s Top 100 Sports Books of All Time: A gripping firsthand account of one of the most daring climbing expeditions in history.</B><BR /><BR /> Annapurna I is the name given to the 8,100-meter mountain that ranks among the most forbidding in the Himalayan chain. Dangerous not just for its extreme height but for a long and treacherous approach, its summit proved unreachable until 1950, when a group of French mountaineers made a mad dash for its peak. They became the first men to accomplish the feat, doing so without oxygen tanks or any of the modern equipment that contemporary climbers use. The adventure nearly cost them their lives.<BR /><BR /> Maurice Herzog dictated this firsthand account of the remarkable trek from a hospital bed as he recovered from injuries sustained during the climb. An instant bestseller, it remains one of the most famous mountaineering books of all time, and an enduring testament to the power of the human spirit.<BR /><BR />  </DIV>
Shining Through (Red Hot Russians)
by Elizabeth Harmon

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English

Pages

269

Publication Date

October 02, 2017

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The Biggest Season of her Career…<br />America’s sweetheart Tabitha Turner is on track to win figure-skating gold in the Winter Games. Her family has sacrificed everything for her career, but the pressure is taking its toll. Burned out and living a lie, can Tabitha let off a little steam without melting the ice?<br />The Last Chance of His…<br />Russia’s bad boy of skating Daniil Andreev is determined to prove the toughest thing about him is his competitive fight. When Tabitha tempts him to help her take a secret walk on the wild side, he gives her a taste of the freedom she craves, never expecting that one unforgettable night could turn into something more.<br />Two Hearts on Thin Ice…<br />Chicago, Vancouver, Paris… the international figure skating season unfolds. Tabitha and Daniil compete and fall in love, but as the pressure mounts in a make-or-break season, can they set aside their painful pasts and spiral into a shining future together… or will their dreams shatter like thin ice?
The Art of Fear: Why Conquering Fear Won't Work and What to Do In...
by Kristen Ulmer

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English

Pages

325

Publication Date

June 13, 2017

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<p><strong>A revolutionary guide to acknowledging fear and developing the tools we need to build a healthy relationship with this confusing emotion</strong><strong>—</strong><strong>and use it as a positive force in our lives</strong><strong>.</strong></p><p>We all feel fear. Yet we are often taught to ignore it, overcome it, push past it. But to what benefit?  This is the essential question that guides Kristen Ulmer’s remarkable exploration of our most misunderstood emotion in <em>The Art of Fear</em>. </p><p>Once recognized as the best extreme skier in the world (an honor she held for twelve years), Ulmer knows fear well. In this conversation-changing book, she argues that fear is not here to cause us problems—and that in fact, the only true issue we face with fear is our misguided reaction to it (not the fear itself). </p><p>Rebuilding our experience with fear from the ground up, Ulmer starts by exploring why we’ve come to view it as a negative. From here, she unpacks fear and shows it to be just one of 10,000 voices that make up our reality, here to help us come alive alongside joy, love, and gratitude. Introducing a mindfulness tool called “Shift,” Ulmer teaches readers how to experience fear in a simpler, more authentic way, transforming our relationship with this emotion from that of a draining battle into one that’s in line with our true nature. </p><p>Influenced by Ulmer’s own complicated relationship with fear and her over 15 years as a mindset facilitator, <em>The Art of Fear </em>will reconstruct the way we react to and experience fear—empowering us to easily and permanently address the underlying cause of our fear-based problems, and setting us on course to live a happier, more expansive future. </p>
Lonely Planet Nicaragua (Travel Guide)
by , Alex Egerton

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

September 01, 2016

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<P><I>#1 best-selling guide to </I><I>Nicaragua</I> <I>*</I> </P><P><B><I>Lonely Planet</I></B> <B><I>Nicaragua</I> </B>is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Kayak through Central America's largest mangrove forest, experience life on a coffee farm, or chill out on idyllic white-sand beaches; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Nicaragua and begin your journey now! </P><P><B>Inside <I>Lonely Planet</I> <I>Nicaragua</I>:</B> </P><UL> <LI><B>Color </B>maps and images throughout <LI><B>Highlights</B> <B>and itineraries</B> help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests <LI><B>Insider tips</B> to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots <LI><B>Essential info</B> <B>at your fingertips</B> - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices <LI><B>Honest reviews for all budgets</B> - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss <LI><B>Cultural insights</B> give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, architecture, land & wildlife, arts, cuisine <LI><B>Over 45 maps</B> <LI><B>Covers</B> Managua, Masaya, Los Pueblos Blancos, Granada, Southwestern Nicaragua, Leon, Northwestern Nicaragua, Northern Highlands, Caribbean Coast, San Carlos, Islas Solentiname, the Río San Juan and more </LI></UL><P><B>eBook Features: </B>(Best viewed on tablet devices and smartphones) </P><UL> <LI><B>Downloadable PDF and offline maps</B> prevent roaming and data charges <LI><B>Effortlessly navigate</B> and jump between maps and reviews <LI><B>Add notes</B> to personalise your guidebook experience <LI><B>Seamlessly flip</B> between pages <LI><B>Bookmarks</B> <B>and speedy search </B>capabilities get you to key pages in a flash <LI><B>Embedded links</B> to recommendations' websites <LI><B>Zoom-in </B>maps and images <LI><B>Inbuilt dictionary </B>for quick referencing </LI></UL><P><B>The Perfect Choice: </B><B><I>Lonely Planet</I></B> <B><I>Nicaragua,</I></B> our most comprehensive guide to Nicaragua, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less traveled. </P><UL> <LI>Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out <B><I>Lonely Planet</I> <I>Central America on a Shoestring.</I></B> </LI></UL><P><B>Authors:</B> Written and researched by Lonely Planet </P><P><B>About Lonely Planet: </B>Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travelers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves. </P><P><I>*Best-selling guide to Nicaragua. Source: Nielsen BookScan. Australia, UK and USA</I> </P>

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