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Momentum: Chasing the Olympic Dream -- Stories of XC Ski Racing: ...
by Pete Vordenberg

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English

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April 22, 2017

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Here's the ONLY available book about the world of XC ski racing. <br /><br />This book is special for a few reasons. One, it highlights the JUNIOR years, which no other outdoor sports books do. Two, Pete is telling stories here. It's not just sports writing. And the stories are often about other people. Pete knows he stands on shoulders. Many encounters help him on his way. So it's wide-ranging, with a big cast of characters. <br /><br />Lastly, if you're nuts about sport, you know it's a year-round thing. XC skiers take April off then get roller-skiing, hill-bounding and cross-training as much as they can. This story tracks that reality wonderfully. Ski books aren't only about winter anymore. <br /><br />Here's how it starts: <br /><br />"The trick is to leap out of bed as soon as you are aware of consciousness. Up, into motion, no time for doubt, no questions asked. New day. Game on. Eli Brown taught me that. He wakes up awake. His eyes open and he's swinging legs over the bed, popping out from under the covers. Eli attacks from the gun. Then we are out the door and in the van -- on our way to work on the dream. On our way to training. This is a mission. Every day is a mission." <br /><br />Mini-review: "Momentum is the best XC ski read ever," says Bob Gregg, editor of Master Skier magazine.
Washington DC Travel Guide: An Easy Guide to Exploring the Top At...
by Traveler Republic

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English

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Publication Date

March 22, 2017

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An Easy Guide to Exploring the Top Attractions, Food Places, Local Life, and Everything You Need to Know
South: Shackleton's Endurance Expedition
by Ernest Shackleton

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English

Pages

448

Publication Date

March 06, 2013

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<div>In 1914, as Europe braces for an unfathomably deadly war, explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton sets sail for Antarctica to do the impossible: traverse the continent. He has a ship (the aptly named Endurance), a head brimming with optimism, and 28 men willing to follow him on an expedition across some of the most treacherous terrain on the planet. But Shackleton’s optimism doesn't last long. Despite his experience in the Antarctic, disaster strikes early on when the Endurance is trapped in packed ice and slowly crushed, forcing Shackleton and his men off the ship and stranding them in a sea of ice. <br /><BR><I>South</I> is the legendary story of Shackleton and his crew’s struggle to survive the elements and return home alive. Written by Shackleton, <I>South</I> is a truly astonishing story of human fortitude. It is the story of a voyage that lasts nearly three years—a firsthand account of hurricane-force winds, subzero temperatures, glaciers, icebergs, freezing water, starvation, and lethal, terrifying storms. It is a tale unlike any to come before or since. Shackleton’s record of his journey made him famous around the world and transformed him into a symbol of achievement and hope in an age of darkness and war.</div>
Mind Gym: An Athlete's Guide to Inner Excellence
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><br /><br /><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><br /><br /><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><br /><br /><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><br /><br /><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>
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>
Unbound: A Story of Snow and Self-Discovery
by Steph Jagger

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English

Pages

309

Publication Date

January 24, 2017

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<p>A young woman follows winter across five continents on a physical and spiritual journey that tests her body and soul, in this transformative memoir, full of heart and courage, that speaks to the adventurousness in all of us.</p><p>Steph Jagger had always been a force of nature. Dissatisfied with the passive, limited roles she saw for women growing up, she emulated the men in her life—chasing success, climbing the corporate ladder, ticking the boxes, playing by the rules of a masculine ideal. She was accomplished. She was living "The Dream." But it wasn't her dream.</p><p>Then the universe caught her attention with a sign: <em>Raise Restraining Device.</em> Steph had seen this ski lift sign on countless occasions in the past, but the familiar words suddenly became a personal call to shake off the life she had built in a search for something different, something more.</p><p>Steph soon decided to walk away from the success and security she had worked long and hard to obtain. She quit her job, took a second mortgage on her house, sold everything except her ski equipment and her laptop, and bought a bundle of plane tickets. For the next year, she followed winter across North and South America, Asia, Europe, and New Zealand—and up and down the mountains of nine countries—on a mission to ski four million vertical feet in a year.</p><p>What hiking was for Cheryl Strayed, skiing became for Steph: a crucible in which to crack open her life and get to the very center of herself. But she would have to break herself down—first physically, then emotionally—before she could start to rebuild. And it was through this journey that she came to understand how to be a woman, how to love, and how to live authentically.</p><p>Electrifying, heartfelt, and full of humor, <em>Unbound </em>is Steph’s story—an odyssey of courage and self-discovery that, like <em>Wild</em> and <em>Eat, Pray, Love,</em> will inspire readers to remove their own restraining devices and pursue the life they are meant to lead.</p>
My Life with the Eskimo (1913)
by Vilhjálmur Stefánsson

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English

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672

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June 10, 2015

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Vilhjalmur Stefansson (1879 – 1962) was a Canadian Arctic explorer and ethnologist. "My Life with the Eskimo" is the enthralling story of Stefansson’s Arctic journey over one thousand miles of ice, and his discovery of the new race, the blonde Eskimo. Stefansson's splendid volume is a mine of interesting observation for different branches of science. It is a fascinating book of description and adventure that has been written by the famous traveler and explorer, who has passed years of his life within the Arctic Circle. Mr. Stefansson has had a vast amount of material from which to draw and he has made his selection wisely. He has lived with the Eskimo for long periods; he knows their language; he has subsisted on their food; he has heard their legends; he has seen them in their daily lives as have few explorers. Consequently his remarks about this primitive and matter-of-fact people are shrewd, true, and frequently amusing. The experiences and tales which he recounts, mirroring the hardships and the inspirations of life in a fearful but wonderful country, compose a work quite the most absorbing on it that has ever been published.<br /><br /> In 1908 the American Museum of Natural History organized an expedition to the Arctic under the leadership of Vilhjalmur Stefansson and Rudolph M. Anderson. The object of this enterprise was to make anthropological and zoological studies on the coast between the Mackenzie River and Hudson Bay and on the adjacent islands. The expedition was to be known as the Stefansson-Anderson Arctic Expedition of the American Museum of Natural History. The plan of the leaders was to travel by land and water with a party of Eskimo and to depend entirely upon their own resources as to food and clothing. The Canadian Government also aided the expedition with funds and equipment for geographical and geological observations.<br /><br />Messrs. Stefansson and Anderson returned to the Museum in September, 1912, after four years of continuous exploration. A full statement of the itinerary is given in Stefansson's My Life with the Eskimo.<br /><br />Mr. Stefansson succeeded in visiting thirteen groups in that territory and determining approximately their respective habitats. He noted the peculiar suggestions of European blood among these Eskimo. <br /><br />This book originally published in 1913 has been reformatted for the Kindle and may contain an occasional defect from the original publication or from the reformatting.
The Cruise of the Corwin: Journal of the Arctic Expedition of 188...
by John Muir

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English

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372

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February 28, 2017

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<b>John Muir relates the story of his 1881 voyage aboard the steamer Thomas Corwin, which set sail from San Francisco for arctic waters off the coast of Alaska in search of a ship tragically lost two years before.</b><br /><br />John Muir (1838-1914) also known as "John of the Mountains", was a Scottish-American naturalist, author, environmental philosopher, glaciologist and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States. His letters, essays, and books of his adventures in nature, especially in the Sierra Nevada of California and Nevada, have been read by millions. His activism helped to preserve the Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park and other wilderness areas. The Sierra Club, which he founded, is a prominent American conservation organization. The 211-mile (340 km) John Muir Trail, a hiking trail in the Sierra Nevada, was named in his honor. Other such places include Muir Woods National Monument, Muir Beach, John Muir College, Mount Muir, Camp Muir and Muir Glacier. In Scotland, the John Muir Way, a 130-mile-long route, was named in honor of him.<br /><br />In his later life, Muir devoted most of his time to the preservation of the Western forests. He petitioned the U.S. Congress for the National Park bill that was passed in 1890, establishing Yosemite National Park. The spiritual quality and enthusiasm toward nature expressed in his writings inspired readers, including presidents and congressmen, to take action to help preserve large nature areas. He is today referred to as the "Father of the National Parks" and the National Park Service has produced a short documentary about his life.<br /><br />John Muir has been considered "an inspiration to both Scots and Americans". Muir's biographer, Steven J. Holmes, believes that Muir has become "one of the patron saints of twentieth-century American environmental activity," both political and recreational. As a result, his writings are commonly discussed in books and journals, and he is often quoted by nature photographers such as Ansel Adams. "Muir has profoundly shaped the very categories through which Americans understand and envision their relationships with the natural world," writes Holmes. Muir was noted for being an ecological thinker, political spokesman, and religious prophet, whose writings became a personal guide into nature for countless individuals, making his name "almost ubiquitous" in the modern environmental consciousness. According to author William Anderson, Muir exemplified "the archetype of our oneness with the earth", while biographer Donald Worster says he believed his mission was "...saving the American soul from total surrender to materialism." On April 21, 2013, the first ever John Muir Day was celebrated in Scotland, which marked the 175th anniversary of his birth, paying homage to the conservationist.
Air Fryer Recipes : 130 Delicious Healthy Recipes For Busy Workin...
by Alicia Walters Stewart

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English

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172

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March 14, 2017

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<strong></strong><h2><strong>I urge you to purchase this Air Fryer 130 Recipes book, for the sake of your family's health and well-being </strong></h2> <br /><br />The recipes contained in this book are very delicious and healthy. The air fryer is a versatile kitchen appliance that you can use to cook a huge variety of food types for you and your family to enjoy. From roast meat, vegetables, baked goods and much more, you won't be at a loss as to what to make for your family's meals every day. The air fryer is a simple, easy-to-use appliance that doesn't require much prep time or waiting, and oil stains from cooking will soon be a thing of the past because air fryers use some of the most clean and efficient methods to make food, and yet continues to keep your favourite flavours at no extra weight gain. <br /> <br /><strong></strong><h2><strong> So what are you waiting for? Get your very own copy of this exclusive recipe book and enjoy delicious meals straight from the get-go</strong></h2>
Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube: Chasing Fear and Finding Home in...
by Blair Braverman

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English

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288

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July 05, 2016

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<p><strong>A rich and revelatory memoir of a young woman reclaiming her courage in the stark landscapes of the north.</strong></p><p>By the time Blair Braverman was eighteen, she had left her home in California, moved to arctic Norway to learn to drive sled dogs, and found work as a tour guide on a glacier in Alaska. Determined to carve out a life as a “tough girl”—a young woman who confronts danger without apology—she slowly developed the strength and resilience the landscape demanded of her. </p><p>By turns funny and sobering, bold and tender, <em>Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube</em> brilliantly recounts Braverman’s adventures in Norway and Alaska. Settling into her new surroundings, Braverman was often terrified that she would lose control of her dog team and crash her sled, or be attacked by a polar bear, or get lost on the tundra. Above all, she worried that, unlike the other, gutsier people alongside her, she wasn’t cut out for life on the frontier. But no matter how out of place she felt, one thing was clear: she was hooked on the North. On the brink of adulthood, Braverman was determined to prove that her fears did not define her—and so she resolved to embrace the wilderness and make it her own. </p><p>Assured, honest, and lyrical, <em>Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube</em> paints a powerful portrait of self-reliance in the face of extraordinary circumstance. Braverman endures physical exhaustion, survives being buried alive in an ice cave, and drives her dogs through a whiteout blizzard to escape crooked police. Through it all, she grapples with love and violence—navigating a grievous relationship with a fellow musher, and adapting to the expectations of her Norwegian neighbors—as she negotiates the complex demands of being a young woman in a man’s land.</p><p>Weaving fast-paced adventure writing and ethnographic journalism with elegantly wrought reflections on identity, <em>Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube</em> captures the triumphs and the perils of Braverman’s journey to self-discovery and independence in a landscape that is as beautiful as it is unforgiving. </p>

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