Mumbles can’t read well. Types pretty good though. I just got “Into the Wild” and “The Climb” and “Touching the Void” each nature adventure peices I guess. I like that kind of reading after a busy day. I’m barely into “Into the Wild” and will move on to the “Climb” after that. I have watched “Touching the Void” so will likely read it last. I’m glad to have them because it has kept me from even turning on the TV at all in the last 4 or 5 days. Now I want to read this thread again to get more book ideas.
EcoBrad seems like he rips through the books, keep those titles coming. I have heard of several of your recommendations.
Just read another one that was pretty good, Forget Me Not by Jennifer Lowe Anker. A little on the touchy feely side but what do you expect from a memoir about the life of a widow/wife of world class climbers.
Also finished Yvon Chouinard’s Climbing Ice and There’s This River. Climbing Ice was very enjoyable even though I’m no ice climber. Chouinard writes well and his insight on climbing couloirs, ice axe and crampons, etc is definitely useful for splitters.
I also 2nd/3rd/whatever In Search of Captain Zero. Guy is a storyteller – though whatever his latest book was I found boorrrring and couldn’t finish, ended up just giving it back to my buddy about halfway thru it.
I just picked up Forever on the Mountain at the airport of all places and read it obsesively. It’s a re-examination of the worst climbing accident on Denali in which 7 people got caught out in a monster storm in 1967. It’s a little facty in some places, but for the most part a gripping read and a good cautionary tale. I love reading about climbing in that era.
I just read Miracle in the Andes. It’s the story of the Rugby team that crashed in the high Andes in 1972 that was told in the book Alive. Miracle in the Andes was written by Nando Parrado, one the guys who hiked out after 72 days in the mountains and he opens up and shares everything about the experience.
It’s a book like Touching the Void in the sense that it shows how much a person is capable of. This dude climbed a 17,000 foot peak in rugby shoes and street clothes and then hiked 10 days for help with no mountaineering experience and makeshift gear. It makes me feel like a wuss for every time I’ve ever complained about anything!
La Trace de l’Ange – Biography of Marco Sifreddi. Amazing what he acheived in such a short time, and what an incredible athlete (and mentalist) he was. Very well written with gripping accounts of some ridiculous routes.
Not sure if there’s a translation, but if you’re thinking of improving your french (after SF’s Chouinard book!) it’s a lot better than learning about Marcel and Michelle buying groceries.
Mountaineering – Freedom of the hills. Medium useful!
Tristan Jones writes some incredibly unbelievable books on his super-epic sailing journeys. They’re super easy reads that you can’t put down until you’re done. Start with ‘ICE!’, a one man sailing journey through Antarctica where he fights off a polar bear at one point and looses an eye at another. Then there’s ‘The Incredible Voyage’ where he sails both the lowest and highest seas in the world and pretty much everything in between. SICK STUFF!
I also picked up ‘The Ice Soldier’ by Paul Watkins at the airport of all places. It’s an extremely well written novel about a climbers adventures from, and after, WWII. It made me laugh and cry and all that stuff a good book or movie should do. Check it out.
My bad, one more book for you all as long as we’re on a snowboarding page… ‘Surfing the Himalayas’ is a pretty decent read by Frederick Lenz. It’s basically about reaching nirvana through snowboarding, which sounds pretty cool, huh?
I just cruised through Jim Whittaker’s A Life on the Edge. His memoirs proved really entertaining and it’s cool to read about his relationship with the Kennedy family and his influence on REI. The big bonus was buying the book used, and getting home to find out that he actually signed the copy I bought, only it’s made out to Greg. Still, I was stoked to find his signature after I bought the book :bananas:
On to Jim Wickwire’s memoirs now: Addicted to Danger
I’ve sort of been on a binge of leading American alpinist’s and their writings lately.
I’ve been reading them too… I just finished Everest – The West Ridge by Thomas Hornbein. What a ballsy climb & still considered one of the greatest American ascents ever.
I also read Annapurna by Maurice Herzog. Read that one if you ever need to feel like a total pansy. There’s a reason why it’s a climbing classic. Picture venturing into Nepal in 1950 after it’s opened to the West for the very first time with an expedition, a bogus map, and a plan to climb the first 8000 meter peak, if it can be located. They spend most of their time doing high altitude recon and discover a climbable route at the last possible moment. The monsoon arrives 1/2 hour after leaving the summit and Maurice sheds body parts all the way home. It’s nutz.
This is going to be slightly off topic because it’s a motorcycle book but none-the-less it is still an adventure book. The book is called Two Wheels Through Terror and is by a guy named Glen Heggsted. He is an adventure rider on a BMW Dakar (in this book) and is about a trip from CA to the southern tip of S. America. However, he gets captured by Colombian rebels and held hostage for months. He is an AMAZING writer.
He also just recently finished a trip around the world on a BMW as well. He is in the works of a book for that one and it wont disappoint. I know this because he posted almost daily journals on http://www.advrider.com (Adventure Rider). Check out his pictures and some writings at StrikingViking.net (it’s not the pool chick on the .com website). Glen’s a super nice guy too, he sold his ranch in CA with everything in it to fund his round the world trip. Gnarly stuff, he now lives in Mexico too. I called him on his cell several times throughout his trip round the world.
For the zombie fans out there – I just finished Day By Day Armagedon by JL Bourne. Done as a journal and done very well. If you’re a zombie fan it’s worth a look.