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The Last Man on the Mountain: The Death of an American Adventurer...
by Jennifer Jordan

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English

Pages

321

Publication Date

August 01, 2011

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<p><strong>"A fascinating tale鈥eaders who are into high-altitude adventure stories won鈥檛 be disappointed." 鈥?lt;em>Associated Press</em></strong></p><br /><p>In 1939 the Savage Mountain claimed its first victim. Born into vast wealth yet uneasy with a life of leisure, Dudley Wolfe, of Boston and Rockport, Maine, set out to become the first man to climb K2, the world鈥檚 second-highest mountain and, in the opinion of mountaineers, an even more formidable challenge than Mt. Everest. Although close to middle age and inexperienced at high altitude, Wolfe, with the team leader, made it higher than any other members of the expedition, but he couldn鈥檛 get back down. Suffering from altitude sickness and severe dehydration, he was abandoned at nearly 25,000 feet; it would be another sixty-three years before the author discovered his remains.</p>
The Little Book of Incredibly Useful Knots: 200 Practical Knots f...
by , Jason Dalton

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

April 05, 2016

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<b>Learn to apply the right knot for any situation聴a guide for the home, backpack, or boat.</b><br /><br />The fundamental skill of tying knots is useful in countless situations, both indoors and out. <i>The Little Book of Incredibly Useful Knots</i> teaches you which knot to choose and exactly how to tie it, whether you鈥檙e constructing a trout fly, repairing a hammock, mooring a boat, securing a load to a car roof rack, or engaging in a rescue or survival situation.<br /><br />Compiled and written by two experts on the subject, this is an invaluable manual that explains through clear line diagrams and step-by-step descriptions how to tie more than two hundred practical knots, grouped by construction and tying method. Every entry contains a brief introduction to the history and development of the knot, its alternative names, and information on its uses and special features. Types of knots detailed include:<br /><br />Wagoner鈥檚 hitch<br />Englishman鈥檚 loop<br />Scaffold knot<br />Cordelette anchor<br />Trident loop<br />Lobster buoy hitch<br /><br />The book also contains a comprehensive glossary of terms to guide you through the complexities of different rope types. It helps you choose the right rope for every task.<br /><br />Skyhorse Publishing is proud to publish a broad range of books for fishermen. Our books for anglers include titles that focus on fly fishing, bait fishing, fly-casting, spin casting, deep sea fishing, and surf fishing. Our books offer both practical advice on tackle, techniques, knots, and more, as well as lyrical prose on fishing for bass, trout, salmon, crappie, baitfish, catfish, and more. While not every title we publish becomes a <i>New York Times</i> bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to publishing books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked by other publishers and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
Into Thin Air
by Jon Krakauer

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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."
Following Atticus: Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an...
by Tom Ryan

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English

Pages

301

Publication Date

September 20, 2011

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<p>After a close friend died of cancer, middle-aged, overweight, acrophobic newspaperman Tom Ryan decided to pay tribute to her in a most unorthodox manner. Ryan and his friend, miniature schnauzer Atticus M. Finch, would attempt to climb all forty-eight of New Hampshire鈥檚 four-thousand-foot peaks twice in one winter while raising money for charity. It was an adventure of a lifetime, leading them across hundreds of miles and deep into an enchanting but dangerous winter wonderland. At the heart of the amazing journey was the extraordinary relationship they shared, one that blurred the line between man and dog.</p><p><em>Following Atticus</em> is an unforgettable true saga of adventure, friendship, and the unlikeliest of family, as one remarkable animal opens the eyes and heart of a tough-as-nails newspaperman to the world鈥檚 beauty and its possibilities.</p>
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

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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>
Rising: Becoming the First North American Woman on Everest
by Sharon Wood

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English

Pages

272

Publication Date

September 26, 2019

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<b>2019 Banff Mountain Book Competition Category Finalist in Mountain Literature</b><br />On May 20, 1986, high on Mount Everest, Sharon Wood was ready to give up. Snow plumes swirled off the summit ridge and spilled down the North Face, engulfing her. A four-hundred-foot high rock wall, the crux of the Hornbein Couloir, loomed above鈥攊mpossible. Then Wood鈥檚 partner, Dwayne Congdon, handed her the end of the rope and said, 鈥測our lead.鈥?Hours later, at the far too late hour of 9:00 p.m., Wood became the first North American woman to reach the summit, and the first woman in the world to do so via the difficult West Ridge. Their ascent of the West Ridge by a new variation, without Sherpa assistance, is an accomplishment that has never been repeated.<br /><br /><br />In <i>Rising,</i> Wood reflects on the seventy days she spent on the mountain and on the pivotal experiences and influences that brought her to that staggeringly beautiful and austere corner of the world. Beyond the physical hardships, she faced personal challenges as an outlier in the male bastion of Himalayan climbing. These were compounded by the vexing presence of her past mentor and lover with his new girlfriend on the American team climbing on the same side of the mountain. It didn鈥檛 help that the media pitched the two women as rivals, both vying to become the first North American woman to reach the summit of the highest mountain in the world. Wood rose to all these challenges, finding camaraderie and inspiration among her teammates, particularly in the expedition cook, a strong woman whose perspectives were essential to the team鈥檚 remarkable esprit de corps, as well as with 鈥渢he other woman,鈥?her so-called American rival.<br /><br /><br /><i>Rising</i> is both a gripping, adrenalin-filled mountain story and a reflective memoir that reaches beyond the summit to explore a life lived in Everest鈥檚 long shadow: unexpected acclaim, outrageous expectations, and personal struggles. As Wood tells her story today, her perspective is steeped in six decades of life experience rich with adventure, change, growth, and humility. It is a tale that feels poignantly relevant鈥攁 testament to the strength of the human spirit to overcome all obstacles, whether mountain peaks, social expectations, or self-imposed barriers.
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>
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>
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.

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