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

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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.
Training for the Uphill Athlete: A Manual for Mountain Runners an...
by , Kilian Jornet

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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.
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>
Alone on the Wall (Expanded edition)
by Alex Honnold

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

October 02, 2018

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<p><strong>Including two new chapters on Alex Honnold鈥檚 free solo ascent of the iconic 3,000-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.</strong></p><br /><p>On June 3rd, 2017, Alex Honnold became the first person to free solo Yosemite's El Capitan鈥攖o scale the wall without rope, a partner, or any protective gear鈥攃ompleting what was described as "the greatest feat of pure rock climbing in the history of the sport" (<em>National Geographic</em>) and "one of the great athletic feats of any kind, ever" (<em>New York Times</em>). Already one of the most famous adventure athletes in the world, Honnold has now been hailed as "the greatest climber of all time" (<em>Vertical</em> magazine).</p><br /><p><em>Alone on the Wall</em> recounts the most astonishing achievements of Honnold鈥檚 extraordinary life and career, brimming with lessons on living fearlessly, taking risks, and maintaining focus even in the face of extreme danger. Now Honnold tells, for the first time and in his own words, the story of his 3 hours and 56 minutes on the sheer face of El Cap, which <em>Outside</em> called "the moon landing of free soloing鈥 generation-defining climb. Bad ass and beyond words鈥ne of the pinnacle sporting moments of all time."</p>
Touching the Void
by Joe Simpson

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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).
The Push: A Climber's Search for the Path
by Tommy Caldwell

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English

Pages

344

Publication Date

May 16, 2017

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<b>A <i>New York Times</i> Bestseller<br /><br />A dramatic, inspiring memoir by legendary rock climber Tommy Caldwell, the first person to free climb the Dawn Wall of Yosemite鈥檚 El Capitan聽 聽<br /><br />鈥淭he rarest of adventure reads:聽 it thrills with colorful details of courage and perseverance but it enriches readers with an absolutely captivating glimpse into how a simple yet unwavering resolve can turn adversity into reward.鈥澛犫€?lt;i>The Denver Post</i></b><br /> <b><br />A finalist for the Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature</b><br /><br />On January 14, 2015, Tommy Caldwell, along with his partner, Kevin Jorgeson, summited what is widely regarded as the hardest climb in history鈥擸osemite鈥檚 nearly vertical 3,000-foot Dawn Wall, after nineteen days on the route. Caldwell鈥檚 odds-defying feat鈥攖he subject of the documentary film <i>The Dawn Wall </i>to be released nationwide in September鈥攚as the culmination of an entire lifetime of pushing himself to his limits as an athlete.<br /><br /> This engrossing memoir chronicles the journey of a boy with a fanatical mountain-guide father who was determined to instill toughness in his son to a teen whose obsessive nature drove him to the top of the sport-climbing circuit. Caldwell鈥檚 affinity for adventure then led him to the vertigo-inducing and little understood world of big wall free climbing. But his evolution as a climber was not without challenges; in his early twenties, he was held hostage by militants in a harrowing ordeal in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. Soon after, he lost his left index finger in an accident. Later his wife, and main climbing partner, left him. Caldwell emerged from these hardships with a renewed sense of purpose and determination. He set his sights on free climbing El Capitan鈥檚 biggest, steepest, blankest face鈥攖he Dawn Wall. This epic assault took more than seven years, during which time Caldwell redefined the sport, found love again, and became a father. <br /><br /> <i>The Push</i> is an arresting story of focus, drive, motivation, endurance, and transformation, a book that will appeal to anyone seeking to overcome fear and doubt, cultivate perseverance, turn failure into growth, and find connection with family and with the natural world.
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 />
Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain
by Bruce Tremper

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English

Pages

352

Publication Date

August 10, 2018

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The more you know about snow stability, the better your travel and rescue skills. And the sharper your decision making, the better you鈥檒l be able to avoid avalanche danger and have more fun in the winter backcountry. In <i>Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, 3rd Edition,</i> acclaimed snow and avalanche expert Bruce Tremper provides easy-to-understand avalanche safety tips and skills, including the latest snow research and techniques for evaluating snowpack, as well how to rescue companions in the event of an avalanche. Other topics include: <br /><br /><ul><br /><li>How to evaluate terrain and decide whether it's safe or dangerous</li><br /><li>How avalanches work</li><br /><li>How to test snow stability</li><br /><li>How to control your exposure and lower your risk</li><br /><li>Safe travel techniques</li><br /><li>What to do if you're caught in an avalanche</li><br /><li>Search-and-rescue strategies</li><br /><li>Managing the human factors that contribute to accidents</li></ul><br />This fully revised and updated third edition of Bruce's best-selling book is organized according to the structure of American Avalanche Association classes, and all topics have been updated and reviewed by peer experts. This edition also features a wholly new chapter in which Bruce pulls all the pieces together to create an organized, step-by-step system for making decisions off, and on, the mountain.<br /><br />As <i>Rocky Mountain News</i> proclaimed, <i>"No one who plays in the mountain snow should leave home without having studied this book."</i> Clear, comprehensive, and engaging, <i>Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrai</i>n shares everything skiers, snowboarders, and other backcountry travelers need to know to stay safe in the mountains.
Rock Climbing Technique: The Practical Guide to Movement Mastery
by John Kettle

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English

Pages

138

Publication Date

September 01, 2018

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<p>If you have ever wanted to move effortlessly and get the most from your hard-won climbing fitness, this is the guide you've been waiting for.</p><p>Getting better at rock climbing doesn鈥檛 have to be about strength, endurance, flexibility or hours spent on repetitive training. It doesn鈥檛 need to be a balancing act between losing fitness and getting injured overtraining. Climbing is fundamentally a skill-based sport, and this guide will change the way you look at moving on rock.</p><p>Whatever your ability, learning to master smooth, relaxed and powerful movement means maximising your enjoyment and performance of the sport. This is the definitive practical guide to improving your rock climbing technique, and making you a more efficient climber. Fully illustrated with over 35 skills exercises supported by online videos, this book allows you to plan out your path to excellent technique with drills and exercises suited to all levels of ability.</p><p>Written by the UK's leading climbing movement specialist, it鈥檚 packed with the knowledge and expertise gained over two decades as a professional climbing coach. Essential reading for all climbers from intermediate to elite in sport climbing, bouldering and traditional climbing.</p>

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