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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聽</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.聽聽"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."聽聽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.聽聽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."
My Journey around Mont Blanc
by Dan Karmi

Language

English

Pages

86

Publication Date

July 07, 2019

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<p><b>My Journey Around Mont Blanc</b> is a story of the fragility of human nature, testing its endurance and overcoming its fears, played out on the stage of one of the most beautiful and popular treks on earth.</p><p>Dan Karmi is a software businessman from Israel who had had virtually no contact with the outdoors, even in childhood. To celebrate his seventieth birthday, at the invitation of a neighbor, he decided to leave his protected office environment and try engaging with nature for the first time. A journey that starts as a normal tourist walk to enjoy the well-known scenery of the Alps turns into a major challenge to overcome the limitations of physical age, loneliness and lack of knowledge of mountain surroundings.</p><h3>This book is a frank account of the author鈥檚 unexpected adventures, as well as his insights into the complexities of human nature and his serendipitous discovery of the beauty and importance of the natural world.<h3>
The World Beneath Their Feet: Mountaineering, Madness, and the De...
by Scott Ellsworth

Language

English

Pages

416

Publication Date

February 18, 2020

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<b>A saga of survival, technological innovation, and breathtaking human physical achievement -- all set against the backdrop of a world headed toward war -- that became one of the most compelling international dramas of the 20th century.</b><br />While tension steadily rose between European powers in the 1930s, a different kind of battle was raging across the Himalayas. Contingents from Great Britain, Nazi Germany, and the United States had set up rival camps at the base of the mountains, all hoping to become recognized as the fastest, strongest, and bravest climbers in the world.<br />Carried on across nearly the entire sweep of the Himalayas, this contest involved not only the greatest mountain climbers of the era, but statesmen and millionaires, world-class athletes and bona fide eccentrics, scientists and generals, obscure villagers and national heroes. Centered in the 1930s, with one brief, shining postwar coda, the contest was a struggle between hidebound traditionalists and unknown innovators, one that featured new techniques and equipment, unbelievable courage and physical achievement, and unparalleled valor. And death. One Himalayan peak alone, Nanga Parbat in Kashmir, claimed twenty-five lives in less than three years.<br />Climbing the Himalayas was the Greatest Generation's moonshot -- one shrouded in the onset of war, interrupted by it, and then fully accomplished. A gritty, fascinating history sure to enrapture fans of Hampton Sides, Jon Krakauer, and Laura Hillenbrand, <i>The World Beneath Their Feet</i> brings this forgotten story back to life.
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鈥?lt;em>Buried in the Sky</em> will satisfy anyone who loved [<em>Into Thin Air</em>]." 鈥擪ate 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鈥檚 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>
Training for the Uphill Athlete: A Manual for Mountain Runners an...
by , Kilian Jornet

Language

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鈥檚 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.
Classic Krakauer: "Mark Foo's Last Ride," "After the Fall," and O...
by Jon Krakauer

Language

English

Pages

174

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鈥攁nd 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鈥檚 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 /><br /><br /><br /><i> 鈥淭he definitive guide to mountains and climbing . . .鈥?lt;/i>鈥擟onrad Anker<br /><br /><br />For nearly 60 years it鈥檚 been revered as the 鈥渂ible鈥?of mountaineering鈥揳nd now it鈥檚 even better than ever <br /><br /><br />鈥?The best-selling instructional text for new and intermediate climbers for more than half a century<br /><br />鈥?New edition鈥攆ully updated techniques and all-new illustrations<br /><br />鈥?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鈥攖he 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鈥攖here 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 />鈥?New alignment with AAC鈥檚 nationwide universal belay standard<br /><br />鈥?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 />鈥?Newly revamped chapters on clothing and camping<br /><br />鈥?All-new illustrations reflecting the latest gear and techniques鈥攃reated by artist John McMullen, former art director of <i>Climbing</i> magazine<br /><br />鈥?Review of and contributions to multiple sections by AMGA-certified guides<br /><br />鈥?Fresh approach to the Ten Essentials鈥攏ow making the iconic list easier to recall<br />
To the Edges of the Earth: 1909, the Race for the Three Poles, an...
by Edward J. Larson

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English

Pages

373

Publication Date

March 13, 2018

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<p><strong>*** National Outdoor Book Award聽WINNER! ***</strong></p><p><strong>From the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, a "suspenseful" (WSJ) and "adrenaline-fueled" (Outside) entwined narrative of the most adventurous year of all time: in聽1909聽three聽daring expeditions鈥搇ed by Ernest Shackleton, Robert Peary, and the聽dashing Duke of the Abruzzi鈥搒imultaneously raced to the top, bottom, and heights of the world.</strong></p><p>As 1909 dawned, the greatest jewels of exploration鈥攕et at the world鈥檚 frozen extremes鈥攍ay unclaimed: the North and South Poles and the so-called 鈥淭hird Pole,鈥?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鈥檚 Ernest Shackleton had set a new geographic 鈥淔urthest South鈥?record, while his expedition mate, Australian Douglas Mawson, had reached the Magnetic South Pole; and at the roof of the world, Italy鈥檚 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聽Himalaya's eastern Karakoram, where the daring aristocrat attempted K2 and established the standard route up the most notorious mountain on the planet.聽 </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鈥檚 Cape Royds hut as a fellow in the National Science Foundations鈥?Antarctic Artists and Writers Program.聽 </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>聽</p>
Touching the Void
by Joe Simpson

Language

English

Pages

192

Publication Date

December 12, 2012

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The 25th Anniversary ebook, now with more than 50 images. 'Touching the Void' is the tale of two mountaineer鈥檚 harrowing ordeal in the Peruvian Andes. In the summer of 1985, two young, headstrong mountaineers set off to conquer an unclimbed route. They had triumphantly reached the summit, when a horrific accident mid-descent forced one friend to leave another for dead. Ambition, morality, fear and camaraderie are explored in this electronic edition of the mountaineering classic, with never before seen colour photographs taken during the trip itself. <br /><br />Included in the ebook and free sample is a link to a ten minute video interview with Joe, discussing the challenges and changes that have come to pass in the 25 years since original publication (Please check if your device is able to stream videos - Internet connection required).
SAS Survival Handbook, Third Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Survi...
by John 'Lofty' Wiseman

Language

English

Pages

579

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. ... Addresses every conceivable disaster scenario. Don鈥檛 leave home without it鈥?<em>鈥?lt;/em><em>Outside</em></strong></p><p>Revised to reflect the latest in survival knowledge and technology, and covering new topics such as urban survival and terrorism, the聽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鈥攁nd 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>

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