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  • #599900
    Mumbles
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    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.

    #599901
    Ecobrad
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    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.

    #599902
    bigdood
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    Limits to Growth – interesting read.

    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.

    #599903
    InTheMountains
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    Curse of Lono is my latest on the bedstand…gotta love HST

    #599904
    SanFrantastico
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    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.

    Putting the poo in swimming pool since 1968.

    #599905
    SanFrantastico
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    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!

    Putting the poo in swimming pool since 1968.

    #599906
    nedrapier
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    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!

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    #599907
    lewmt
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    “Off The Map”
    Couple caonoes into the Amazon headwaters to find a route over a divide through uncharted rain forest into Guyana & down the other side. Took them months.

    #599908
    ikkin
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    merle’s door, by ted karasote

    probably the best story about a dog and his owner that i’ve ever read. its also chock full of interesting research on canines and their relationship with us, wolves and leashes.

    man, it was a good book. guy finds pup by the river, pup stays with guy, pup and guy share their lives skiiing, hiking and hunting in the tetons…

    enjoy…

    #599909
    Taft
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    SanFrantastico wrote:
    I read a kooky one in the non-fiction department recently:

    an unkle of mine who used to climb a lot when that book first came out has it sitting on the top of the toilet. I’ve been flipping thru that book for longer then I’ve been snowboarding.

    this one is my new favorite.

    #599910
    D-GREEN
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    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.

    #599911
    D-GREEN
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    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?

    #599912
    matty_mcd
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    I remember reading a book review in a snowboard magazine that was written by an ex-pro snowboarder or photographer. The book was about getting lost in the wilderness? Anyone hear of it?

    Thanks

    #599913
    Ecobrad
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    @matty_mcd wrote:

    I remember reading a book review in a snowboard magazine that was written by an ex-pro snowboarder or photographer. The book was about getting lost in the wilderness? Anyone hear of it?

    Thanks

    The book is called The Last Season. The author (I can’t remember his name) used to write for a snowboard zine. The book is described in this thread I believe. I highly recommend it.

    #599914
    kjkrow
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    I’m pretty sure the author is Eric Brehm. Good read.

    I just finished To the Top of Denali by Sherwonit. Lots of crazy stories of weather and endurance, and really makes me want to head to the Alaska range for some climbing/riding at some point.

    Linky: http://www.amazon.com/Top-Denali-Climbing-Adventures-Americas/dp/0882405322/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1233965598&sr=8-1

    #599915
    kjkrow
    Participant

    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.

    #599916
    SanFrantastico
    Participant

    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.

    Putting the poo in swimming pool since 1968.

    #599917
    kjkrow
    Participant

    @SanFrantastico wrote:

    I also read Annapurna by Maurice Herzog.

    It’s been on my list since reading No Shortcuts to the Top by Ed Viesturs. It will probably be after finishing Wickwire’s memoirs and the Scott Fisher biography I have, but I’m looking forward to it.

    #599918
    Nikon
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    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.

    #599919
    Nikon
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    @Ecobrad wrote:

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

    I love this thread. I just finished The Last Season and came looking for another book – just ordered this one. Keep this thread going.

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