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  • #599880
    BastrdSonOfElvis
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    PBS, of course. That’s where I saw it.

    Brad, I googled the book and it’s available from a few online sources. Thanks for the offer.

    #599881
    Mumbles
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    @DentalFlossTycoon wrote:

    Someone just lent me 3 Cups of Tea – Story of Mountaineer turned Himalayan school builder Greg Mortenson.

    So far so good, pretty inspiring.

    DentalFlossTycoon, I think that I might look for this 3 Cups of Tea, that sounds like a cool read, maybe my wife could read it aloud to me. I don’t read much. It has been a long time since I actually read a book that was not a collegiate text. That is sad, and as I’m working on my Masters it looks like that unfortunate trend will continue. Maybe I will get a copy of this and sneak it into my schedule.

    #599882
    roderick250
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    b/c the movie is coming out, i suggest the book no country for old men, by Cormac Mcarthy. sweet book.

    and in a depressing welcome back to the real world book, the end of oil by paul roberts highlights both the crappy inevitable world of peak oil, and the even crappier energy options.

    #599883
    NoKnees
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    Lot of familiar reads in there.

    I just finished “Bonnington Boys” about Chris Bonnington and all those who he climbed with/around during the post Hillary Everest era. Have read a lot about the climbers individually, but a good read covering how they all fit together and the changes they made in climbing during that time…

    “Deep Survival” was ‘ok’… I think my expectations were a bit high for that one for some reason. Interesting, but not all that…

    Another recent read was Desire and Ice. About a guy who basically goes through a bit of a mid-life crisis and decides he wants to climb Denali. He has a little mountain experience, but talks about his prep work and the process of getting ready for, and then climbing Denali… 3 of 5 stars, but interesting if you are into that sorta thing..

    Greg - NoKnees

    #599884
    Ecobrad
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    I just finished Mountain Rescue Doctor, Wilderness Medicine in the Extremes of Nature by Chris Van Tilburg.

    Great read, couldn’t put it down. The author, who sometime chimes in around these parts as docwild, is an emergency room physician, ski resort doctor, and on the SAR team (CRAG Rats) in Hood River, Oregon. I found the book educational, inspiring, and thrilling as well. I think its rad that he chose to live a simple life as mtn. doctor when he just as easily could have chosen the $$$ and been a proctologist or whatever.

    As far as the writing goes…it’s superb. He obviously enjoys writing and is skilled.

    If nothing else it gave me a great appreciation for SAR teams who VOLUNTEER to save dumb asses like us. There were several occasions in the book where Chris left a family bbq or whatever to, for example, rescue some kid who jumped off a cliff into a pool and broke his back. The rescue would usually involve putting himself at risk, not to mention liability as a doctor…..all for free. Pretty cool.

    Did I mention he’s a splitter. That’s always cool too.

    #599885
    powderjunkie
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    Thanks for the other copy Brad. I’m only through the first chapter but its a gripping first chapter. Well written so far.

    Congrats on the book Christopher.

    #599886
    Splitfire
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    I won’t give reviews,cause they’re pretty much all just books on Traveling abroad or at home, but i’ll add my .02

    All the Bill Bryson books-Neither Here nor There, I’m a Stranger Here Myself,Walk in the Woods and In a Sunburned Country. I like this book cause I love to read about peoples travels into the Bush of Australia. 😆

    The book that i’m reading now,about Outback travels,which may be better than Bryson’s-Sunburned Country, is One for the Road.

    Other books include-

    Into the Wild(obviously)
    The Last Season
    Touching the Void
    There’s this River

    #599887
    Gunnar
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    Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer is a must read! A collection of amazing short storys…

    #599888
    jbaysurfer
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    @UTAH wrote:

    I appreciate the reviews too. I read Mark Twight’s book as well it was an interesting perspective, not one I share. My two favorite books, everyone must read:

    In Search of Captain Zero-an adventure surf novel about a guy who surfs his way down the west coast to Central America in search of an old friend who disapeared down there looking for the perfect wave. Throughout the whole novel the author reflects on his adventures as a drug runner and his crazy stories. He also reflects on the spiritual aspect of surfing which any bc snowboarder can relate perfectly too.

    Stephen Koch’s book (forget the title)– about when he rode his bike carrying all his climbing gear from switzerland to everest and then climbed everest. It’s insane, his passion is unmatched and it’s a good mix of climbing adventure and bike touring adventure. He goes through some crazy places in the world.

    I just finished Cap. zero over New-Years, what an outstanding storyteller Allan Weisbecker is!

    #599889
    jbaysurfer
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    @utasidian wrote:

    ha, Cosmic Banditos I thought I’d never run into anyone else who read that book. I’m waiting for In Search of Captain Zero form the library. Can’t wait to read it.

    I’d swap a copy of Capt. zero for cosmic banditos if anyones interested.

    #599890
    jbaysurfer
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    @old skool wrote:

    I’ve read Cosmic Banditos and In Search of Captain Zero, but my all time favorite surf read is Daniel Duane’s, Caught Inside. I’ve read it a dozen times and always find something new. It is an autobiography of a Fella who spends a whole year surfing an off-the-beaten-path break in the Santa Cruz area. Talks about surfing roots, culture, and thoughts relating to waiting for the next wave of life. I also dig that Alone in the Wilderness stuff. That Dick guy is amazing. There is also a companion DVD that he filmed himself on an old tripod. Check it out from PBS, or your local library. I use it as a read and lesson in my 7th and 8th grade classrooms. These kids are tough to please but they ate this stuff up.

    I’m gonna check this out. In the spirit of the surfing/short-story genre I really enjoyed “Good things love water” by Chris Ahrens, and “The Big Drop” by John Lang. Both outstanding reads.

    #599891
    Ecobrad
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    @jbaysurfer wrote:

    @old skool wrote:

    I’ve read Cosmic Banditos and In Search of Captain Zero, but my all time favorite surf read is Daniel Duane’s, Caught Inside. I’ve read it a dozen times and always find something new. It is an autobiography of a Fella who spends a whole year surfing an off-the-beaten-path break in the Santa Cruz area. Talks about surfing roots, culture, and thoughts relating to waiting for the next wave of life. I also dig that Alone in the Wilderness stuff. That Dick guy is amazing. There is also a companion DVD that he filmed himself on an old tripod. Check it out from PBS, or your local library. I use it as a read and lesson in my 7th and 8th grade classrooms. These kids are tough to please but they ate this stuff up.

    I’m gonna check this out. In the spirit of the surfing/short-story genre I really enjoyed “Good things love water” by Chris Ahrens, and “The Big Drop” by John Lang. Both outstanding reads.

    I just read Cosmic Banditos and Caught Inside too. Cosmic Banditios was pretty funny. I’m now reading In Search of Captian Zero for the potential humor as well.

    Caught Inside was awesome. The dude is a real writer, no ifs ands or buts about it. He’s got several other books out that I’m going to find. Very good book.

    Another good book that I loved was Merle’s Door. I finished a week or two ago and I think I read it in just a couple days cause I couldn’t put it down. If you own a dog and love to hike, ski, bike etc with him/her it’s a must read. Great book.

    I also read Snowstruck a bit ago. Not great but no bad either. It’s by an avalanche forecaster from Alaska. Her husband’s a forecaster as well. Mainly just stories from her long history. Decent read.

    #599892
    lewmt
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    One Mans Wilderness – thanks Eco – great book! Just finished – now what?

    #599893
    sneeky jesus
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    Move to Alaska and get off the grid?

    #599894
    Ecobrad
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    I finished In Search of Captain Zero the other night. Better than I expected. I recommend it. Check out Mountain Rescue Doctor too. Very cool.

    #599895
    mtnrider
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    I’m going over to buy Ice Cream Man From Hell About biker lifestyle I think.

    #599896
    Ecobrad
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    Ok, I know I’ve recommended a lot of books now but this one tops them all. You’ll must read ENDURANCE, Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing. Absolutely amazing read and story. Oh fuck it was good.

    #599897
    SanFrantastico
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    I read a kooky one in the non-fiction department recently:

    My lovely wife got it for me used. It was written in 1979 shortly after revolutionary design changes to the ice axe made it possible to climb vertical ice. It’s kind of an interesting time capsule. You learn lots of technique for using ice axe and crampons and for climbing snowy and icy slopes. You learn lots of french words. That’s mixed in with stories of climbing in the Sierra and around the world plus big pictures of Chouinard and crew climbing in their knickers and stripey Patagonia hats. It’s interesting to see the genius mind at work. In the equipment chapter he talks about recent advances in synthetic fibers and how they could possibly surpass wool as an outdoor fabric. Some advice is outdated though. Still a fun read.

    Putting the poo in swimming pool since 1968.

    #599898
    Shep
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    Wow, I’ve been looking for a copy of that book since it was on the recommended reading list for my NOLS course back in ’01. Never have seen a copy first hand. 🙂 Very cool find. I need to start looking again, cause I know there have got to be some old-school climbers in Boston that bought a first edition. One great thing about Eastern MA, there are some amazing old book stores that have everything from first editions of famous authors to complete sets of popular science from 1972.

    #599899
    SanFrantastico
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    Hey Shep – Amazon.com is linked into a network of used book sellers these days. That’s how my wife found it for me:

    Putting the poo in swimming pool since 1968.

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