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    1. Between a Rock and a Hard Place
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    2. Into Thin Air : A Personal Account
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    20. The Backpacker's Handbook

    1. Between a Rock and a Hard Place
    by Aron Ralston
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    Asin: 0743492811
    Catlog: Book (2004-09)
    Publisher: Atria
    Sales Rank: 192
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    One of the most extraordinary survival stories ever told -- Aron Ralston's searing account of his six days trapped in one of the most remote spots in America, and how one inspired act of bravery brought him home.

    It started out as a simple hike in the Utah canyonlands on a warm Saturday afternoon. For Aron Ralston, a twenty-seven-year-old mountaineer and outdoorsman, a walk into the remote Blue John Canyon was a chance to get a break from a winter of solo climbing Colorado's highest and toughest peaks. He'd earned this weekend vacation, and though he met two charming women along the way, by early afternoon he finally found himself in his element: alone, with just the beauty of the natural world all around him.

    It was 2:41 P.M. Eight miles from his truck, in a deep and narrow slot canyon, Aron was climbing down off a wedged boulder when the rock suddenly, and terrifyingly, came loose. Before he could get out of the way, the falling stone pinned his right hand and wrist against the canyon wall.

    And so began six days of hell for Aron Ralston. With scant water and little food, no jacket for the painfully cold nights, and the terrible knowledge that he'd told no one where he was headed, he found himself facing a lingering death -- trapped by an 800-pound boulder 100 feet down in the bottom of a canyon. As he eliminated his escape options one by one through the days, Aron faced the full horror of his predicament: By the time any possible search and rescue effort would begin, he'd most probably have died of dehydration, if a flash flood didn't drown him before that.

    What does one do in the face of almost certain death? Using the video camera from his pack, Aron began recording his grateful good-byes to his family and friends all over the country, thinking back over a life filled with adventure, and documenting a last will and testament with the hope that someone would find it. (For their part, his family and friends had instigated a major search for Aron, the amazing details of which are also documented here for the first time.) The knowledge of their love kept Aron Ralston alive, until a divine inspiration on Thursday morning solved the riddle of the boulder. Aron then committed the most extreme act imaginable to save himself.

    Between a Rock and a Hard Place -- a brilliantly written, funny, honest, inspiring, and downright astonishing report from the line where death meets life -- will surely take its place in the annals of classic adventure stories. ... Read more


    2. Into Thin Air : A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster
    by JON KRAKAUER
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    Asin: 0679457526
    Catlog: Book (1997-04-22)
    Publisher: Villard
    Sales Rank: 21951
    Average Customer Review: 4.45 out of 5 stars
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    Into Thin Air is a riveting first-hand account of a catastrophic expedition up Mount Everest. In March 1996, Outside magazine sent veteran journalist and seasoned climber Jon Krakauer on an expedition led by celebrated Everest guide Rob Hall. Despite the expertise of Hall and the other leaders, by the end of summit day eight people were dead. Krakauer's book is at once the story of the ill-fated adventure and an analysis of the factors leading up to its tragic end. Written within months of the events it chronicles, Into Thin Air clearly evokes the majestic Everest landscape. As the journey up the mountain progresses, Krakauer puts it in context by recalling the triumphs and perils of other Everest trips throughout history. The author's own anguish over what happened on the mountain is palpable as he leads readers to ponder timeless questions. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars A Great Book for the Adventurous Reader
    Adventure has always intrigued me. Books, movies, and sports all have that critical element of action and suspense that makes for interesting media. Into Thin Air met, and at sometimes exceeded my expectations. Jon Krakauer does an excellent job of portreying the raw emotion of losing his comrades and friends. I really felt as though I was there on the summit, among Scott Fischer, Rob Hall, and Niel Beidleman. The sheer realism of the situations presented to me was expertly crafted. I felt triumph at reaching the summit, sadness at the loss of Doug Hansen, and I felt the true burden of leadership that was quickly and brutally placed on the shoulders of Stuart Hutchinson and Neal Beidleman. I also enjoyed the book becasue it gave some of the history of Everest. I especially enjoyed hearing of Reinhold Messner, an alpine legend. The only problem with devling into history is that Krakauer got a little too engrossed in it and strayed from the story. Learning about where Everest got its name may be interesting to some, but I prefer to stick to the climb itself. Another plus in the book that I enjoyed was Krakauer's interaction with the other climbers and how he showed the way they felt and what was going on. These extra "characters" add lots of depth to the plot and make for a more interesting read. I also was a little frustrated with the way the timeline skips around. This is very apparent in the later chapters of the book, where keeping track of time becomes increasingly difficult. Into Thin Air is a well done book, and nearly got five stars, if only Jon Krakauer stuck to the basics and stayed organized.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Criticism on Into Thin Air
    Criticism: Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

    The book that I have read I called Into Thin Air, by Jon Krakauer. The main character in the story that sets the plot in motion is Jon Krakauer, or Rob Hall, his leader. He writes, in depth, his accounts of his mountain climbing. Next, the villain, who is against Krakauer, could either be the mountains, or Sandy Pittman. One Antagonist is the mountain. They try to challenge Jon to the best of his ability, and make it so that he doesn't succeed. Or, it could be Sandy, because she kind of makes a mockery of climbing, such as bringing an espresso along on her adventures. Some other important characters are the Sherpas, who are very dedicated, Hall, who completed expeditions in harsh conditions, too. Also Rob, who was in his group, Scott Fischer, Andy Harris, Lene Gammelgaard, Tim Madsen, Charlotte Fox, and Nel Beidleman. Scott Fischer was the leader of the Mountain Madness expedition, Andy Harris was a guide on Rob Hall's team, and Doug Hansen, who was a postal worker, and his dream was to climb. There were also some important places, which were Mt. Everest, Dhera Dun, Pakding, Lobuje, and many others One symbol is I think Mt. Everest. It symbolizes the problems we have today. At first, it hits you head on. While you are trying to overcome it, you have more problems, and hardships, that make it difficult for you to succeed. Then, when you reach the top, you are overjoyed and relieved. This is just like any problem that you will encounter in real life. Each character has a conflict with him vs. nature. They climbs, but the mountains do anything they can to stop them. As they get higher, there is less oxygen. Being very fatigued, it is hard to go on, so it takes even longer. It is very cold, too, which makes your body weaker. The weather is very icy and stormy. On top of all this, they have to climb a mass of land that is vertical. There was also a self vs. society, because sometimes on group leader had to make a decision, which would put the other group members life's' on the line. This book is ad, because thirteen people died in one season, just because they wanted to try to climb a steep mountain. When they are climbing, they are low on oxygen, and some get very ill. But, the different groups are kind of like families, since they are putting their life into someone else' hands, and trusting them with it. The reader also becomes part of their family, feeling bad for the different things that happen to the characters. It is tragic, yet adventurous at the same time. Into Thin Air is adventurous, because first he talks about how steep the mountain is, and how hard it is to climb. Next, when they are climbing it, it talks about all the hardships, such as weather, oxygen, and oxygen depletion. This is the climax of the book, since you are very intense to see what happens to the characters. Lastly, the outcome, or denouement, occurs and some are happy, since the character made it, and some are tragic. The book leaves you like there should be more. When he's talking about how he hasn't slept in a long time, under nourished, and very sick. I know I wouldn't have the energy to climb if I hadn't slept in 57 hours, only eaten soup and candy, and separated ribs with a bad cold. However, I also liked that the book left you hanging, because then you could imagine what happened, good or bad. I liked this book a lot, since it had to sides. It was very visual; you could picture the climbers climbing up the mountain. This book makes you want to look into climbing, but then when you read how hard it is, and how easily you can die, you rethink it. I recommend this book to readers of tragedies, and adventure novels.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Couldn't stop reading it...
    This tale is Jon Krakauer's personal account of his attempt to summit Mt. Everest. Rob Hall is the leader, a guide with impeccable credentials who is also a man of caution...yet a daring individual, as anyone would have to be to climb Everest (especially time and time again). Rob leads the team up the mountain, and everything is going fairly well until that fateful day where everything seemingly went wrong. It's almost hard to read this book knowing there's a tragedy coming, but I couldn't put it down to find some heroism also involved in this story...the will to survive is amazing, and it is demonstrated clearly in this book. I highly recommend this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Riveting!!
    I loved this book! I read it a few years ago and have recommended it, and given it as a gift, to many people. I also heard Beck Weathers speak at a sales meeting a few years ago, and he recounted his story, much as it is in the book. If you like real life adventure stories, this book is definitely for you.

    4-0 out of 5 stars fascinating
    An incredible account of the Everest Disaster. Krakauer is an expert at including as many details as possible without being too wordy. This book reads like a novel, and in fact the story is so incredible that at times you have to remind yourself that it is non-fiction. I appreciated the vivid pictures he painted of the important people in this book, a talent for which he is as skilled as the best contemporary fiction writers. Reading the book, you can grow so fond of some of the more likeable characters that you feel a deep sense of sadness when you read about their passing. In a sense, Krakauer has accomplished the difficult task of explaining in laymen's terms the technical aspects of high-altitude mountaineering (which is necessary in a book like this), and somehow also gave the reader a sense of the profound grief of the situation. This is something that is lost among the litany of newspaper articles, less-talented writers, and the controversy of conflicting accounts fails to do.

    Oh yes, the controversy. I suppose that it is inevitable that when you're dealing with this magnitude a disaster, with equally-high magnitude of some mountaineers' egos, you're going to get arguments. Unfortunately, Krakauer has been sucked into this and actually has devoted a portion of the book to responding to someone's complaint about his account. Frankly, it reads like an internet message board flamewar, and it detracts from an amazing book. Hopefully, a year from now when I think back about this book, I'll remember not the controversy but rather people like Rob Hall, one of the people who died on the mountain. ... Read more


    3. Touch the Top of the World: A Blind Man's Journey to Climb Farther Than the Eye Can See
    by Erik Weihenmayer
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    Asin: 0452282942
    Catlog: Book (2002-04-01)
    Publisher: Plume Books
    Sales Rank: 45669
    Average Customer Review: 4.63 out of 5 stars
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    "A vivid and compelling book." (Time magazine)

    Erik Weihenmayer was born with retinoscheses, a degenerative eye disorder that would leave him blind by the age of thirteen. But Erik was determined to rise above this devastating disability and lead a fulfilling and exciting life.

    In this poignant and inspiring memoir, he shares his struggle to push past the limits imposed on him by his visual impairment-and by a seeing world. He speaks movingly of the role his family played in his battle to break through the barriers of blindness: the mother who prayed for the miracle that would restore her son's sight and the father who encouraged him to strive for thatdistant mountaintop. And he tells the story of his dream to climb the world's Seven Summits, and how he is turning that dream into astonishing reality (something fewer than a hundred mountaineers have done).

    From the snow-capped summit of McKinley to the towering peaks of Aconcagua and Kilimanjaro to the ultimate challenge, Mount Everest, this is a story about daring to dream in the face of impossible odds. It is about finding the courage to reach for that ultimate summit, and transforming your life into something truly miraculous.

    "I admire you immensely. You are an inspiration to other blind people and plenty of folks who can see just fine." (Jon Krakauer, author of Into Thin Air)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Just Terrific
    This is just a terrific book, filled with humor, wisdom, pathos and adventure. The author poignantly describes his childhood descent into blindness, his efforts to ignore it, his initial rebelliousness, and his gradual coming to terms with his handicap. Before long, the reader, like Erik, no longer sees blindness as a handicap, but as one of many hurdles life tosses in our way. It is certainly less of a burden to him than was the sudden, tragic death of his mother, which he movingly addresses and comes to terms with. He finds purpose to his life, he finds love, and he finds friendship and adventure on the mountains that he climbs. Buy this book and give it to any friend who has an inclination toward self-pity, and it may change their life. Read it and be inspired by the resiliency and strength of the human spirit.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Touch the Top of the World
    This is a fabulous book. One minute you are laughing out loud and the next, tears are pouring down your face. The tears are not of sadness but of joy for all the wonderful experiences Erik has had; his relationships with friends and family, his adventures among the cracks and crevices. With great wit, Erik expresses his triumphs along with his challenges. My son has been blind for two years. He lost his sight to genetics, but we had no cue that the family had the gene until his sight started going three weeks before his nineteenth birthday, it only took those three weeks. He just turned 21 on August 2. Unlike Erik, Larry does have the talent of music and travels with his band, Jepetto, around the East Coast. He even has gone back to taking Classical piano lessons. Like Erik he found no encouragement in what his abilities would do for him. TOUCH THE TOP OF THE WORLD really helps you understand the the feeling of blindness, not of the limitations the world puts on you, but of the heights to which you can arise. Please read it, you will not be sorry you did, only sorry if you hadn't read it. I am donating a copy to each of my son's schools.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Triumphant Life
    This is an ease read but surprisingly soul-awakening book for me. There are statements on life lessons strung together like jewels hidden everywhere in this book, from the start to finish, mostly on self-assumed constraints that are common to everyone, sighted or not. I found vicariously the family love, friendship, and community support invigorating. I sensed the humor, strength, commitment, and perseverance Erik W carries with him daily, not just to the mountain top, which makes this book an absolute page-turner. Thanks Erik W for writing this book and share intimately with the readers the details of your journeys and the poeple in your life, we all have a lot to learn and draw from your experiences touched by the top of the world.

    1-0 out of 5 stars This man is an ass
    I've heard this idiot speak about his experiences, and right away, I'd perceived he was an arrogant jerk who was writing a book for recognition, not to neccesarily inspire other climbers. I was at a conference where his book was touted all over the place, and that's when I knew it wasn't worth buying. Please, people, look beyond the fact that he's blind and that he climbed some of the most difficult mountains in the world, and have a look at his personal life. As one other reviewer said, this guy is a jerk, through and through. I'm not even going to read the book, that's how sure I am that it isn't worth my time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Character named chris at the beginning makes the book
    It was a flavorful read. I believe the character chris seems to tie everything together. He is a dashing young buck so to speak. I could read about him for hours. I kept wanting to know what Chris was doing when the minor character Erik was climbing Mt. Everest. My only suggestion for improvement would be to have more of Chris in the book. Otherwise it was a dandy of a book. ... Read more


    4. Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man's Miraculous Survival
    by Joe Simpson
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    Asin: 0060730552
    Catlog: Book (2004-01)
    Publisher: Perennial Currents
    Sales Rank: 441
    Average Customer Review: 4.44 out of 5 stars
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    Joe Simpson and his climbing partner, Simon Yates, had just reached the top of a 21,000-foot peak in the Andes when disaster struck. Simpson plunged off the vertical face of an ice ledge, breaking his leg. In the hours that followed, darkness fell and a blizzard raged as Yates tried to lower his friend to safety. Finally, Yates was forced to cut the rope, moments before he would have been pulled to his own death.

    The next three days were an impossibly grueling ordeal for both men. Yates, certain that Simpson was dead, returned to base camp consumed with grief and guilt over abandoning him. Miraculously, Simpson had survived the fall, but crippled, starving, and severely frostbitten was trapped in a deep crevasse. Summoning vast reserves of physical and spiritual strength, Simpson crawled over the cliffs and canyons of the Andes, reaching base camp hours before Yates had planned to leave.

    How both men overcame the torments of those harrowing days is an epic tale of fear, suffering, and survival, and a poignant testament to unshakable courage and friendship.

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    4-0 out of 5 stars EXTREME ADVENTURE IN THE PERUVIAN ANDES
    An amazing tale of courage, fortitude, and a desire to live, despite dire circumstances. The author, Joe Simpson and his climbing partner, Simon Yates, ascend a perilous section of the Peruvian Andes. Near the summit, tragedy strikes when Joe, up over 19,000 feet, falls and hits a slope at the base of a cliff, breaking his right leg, rupturing his right knee, and shattering his right heel. Beneath him is a seemingly endless fall to the bottom. Simon reaches him but knows that the chances for Joe to get off the mountain are virtually non-existent. Yet, they fashion a daring plan to to do just that.

    For the next few hours, through a snow storm, they work in tandem, and manage a risky, yet effective way of trying to lower Joe down the mountain. About three thousand feet down, Joe who is still roped to Simon, drops off an edge, and finds himself now free hanging in space six feet away from an ice wall, unable to reach it with his axe. The edge is over hung about fifteen feet above him. The dark outline of a crevasse lies about a hundred feet directly below him.

    Joe couln't get up, and Simon couldn't get down. In fact, Joe's weight began to pull Simon off the mountain. So, Simon was finally forced to do the only thing he could do under the circumstances. He cut the rope, believing that he was consigning his friend to certain death. Therein lies the tale.

    What happens next is sure to make one believe in miracles.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Riveting
    Joe Simpson's narrative of his infamous climb in the Peruvian Andes is a fantastic story. If you've read other accounts of harrowing climbs you understand people that climb the great peaks of the world have a different psyche than the rest of us. Simpson is no exception, and it is that very drive that takes him to the top that enables him to survive the unthinkable. But this book is more than just a climb up, a crawl down, whew he's going to live to see another day. It explores some deeper parts of the human experience such as friendship, devotion, suffering, inner strength, and fear. His description of the terrain and the climb make you wonder why on earth anybody would do what he's doing. You almost suffer the cold, wind, and frostbite and you can feel the ice slipping beneath your feet. Knowing disaster looms makes you cringe while reading. Although you know he will survive, that takes nothing away from the experience the second half of the book provides. He pulls you in and you crawl down that icy mountain alongside him, feeling the cold, pain, and sadness along the way. Included are passages written by Simon Yates, his climbing partner. Allowing us to experience his point of view adds depth to the story.
    Simpson wrote this book to exonerate Yates, who was ostracized in the British climbing community for his actions during the climb. Simpson vehemently disagreed with anyone who believed Yates did anything short of saving his life. His initial goal was to record the truth, but he discovered he has a gift for writing, and for this we can be grateful. A compelling story, highly recommended.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Bit Hard To Read, But Fascinating Nonetheless
    It's hard to believe that Touching The Void is a true story. The level of physical exertion that is depicted in the book seems beyond anything a human could produce. But, the searing emotions that accompany that exertion are described so movingly that a reader has no choice but to accept that this story is painfully true.

    The only drawback to this fascinating tale is the mountaineering minutia littering the text. I realize that this information was presented to provide some context to the difficulty of the climb and the descent. However, instead of informing me, this information actually bored me with its technicality. It also added a clumsy quality to the writing that ended up disrupting the flow of the story.

    Like The Climb by Anatoli Boukreev, Simpson makes up for his sometimes clumsy writing style by dramatically portraying the emotions he felt during this ordeal. As a result, Simpson's story is a testament to the power of ingenuity and faith. After reading Touching The Void, it will be impossible not to have a greater appreciation for the inherent strength of the human character.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wow. Incredible
    This is a book that gets you thinking. 1. Would I even try climbing an expert level mountain? 2. Would I cut a lifeline sending my partner to certain death if I knew not cutting would kill us both? 3. Would I have the will to endure crushing pain and desperation when it all could be ended easily by just giving up?

    I think the third question was easiest for me. The will to live is just too great in most of us to give up. However, as we read of Joe Simpson's incredible climb out of an icy hell -- on a severely broken leg, each step one of excruciating pain, we can understand when he asks himself the same question.

    On the first, no. I get all the tough mountain climbing thrills I need vicariously through Jon Krakauer's books or one's like this. I understand that some are driven to assault the globe's most difficult peaks, but I just don't see the point. Almost all of the wonderful mountaineering books of the last decade involve death and mayhem among people who knowingly chose to place themselves in positions where those outcomes were a high probability.

    The second question is the most difficult and the one the reader will ask himself over and over during this very well written book.

    Joe Simpson and Simon Yates climbed a forbidding peak in South America alone, with their only support a neophyte camped a few miles from the starting point in a camp itself a day's mule ride away from civilization. The climb up went well enough, but on the way down the snow encrusted and storm tossed mount, Simpson broke his leg horribly in a fall. Improvising a plan for Yates to lower Simpson down a crevice riddled glacier one painful rope length at a time, the pair started their self-rescue at night. The first few hours went painfully slow, then Simpson reeled over a cliff into nothingness. Unable to see what had befallen Simpson, Yates hung on above -- the rope slowly but surely pulling Yates himself toward the abyss. Knowing (in both their minds at that time according to the book) that to hold on would kill them both, Yates made the supremely difficult decision to cut the rope -- condemning Simpson to a long fall and probable death -- to save himself.

    The next morning after climbing down, Yates could only see a snow covered crevice which he assumed his friend had plummeted into from high above. Unknown to Yates, Simpson had miraculously landed on a snow ledge below the lip of the crevice -- mangled leg and all. The weak ice roof of the crevice had slowed his fall enough to permit survival. Yates went off to camp heavy with the knowledge he had killed his friend and sure the world would neither understand nor forgive.

    Simpson, meanwhile, endured a 48 hour plus ordeal to drag his wrecked body 50 or so feet out of the crevice and then over miles over rough ground to camp. As you might imagine, the reuniting of Simpson and Yates was quite a scene.

    This book is taught and well written. Although Simpson's book, Yates is given space to describe in his own words the story from his perspective from the point he thought his fateful decision had separated their paths.

    This is a great survival story and leaves the reader asking: "Would I, could I, have cut the rope?"

    5-0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable!
    Once I started this book I could not put it down. The story is fascinating, and the writing is very intelligent and intense. The details of the climb and descent are gripping. After what he went through, it's amazing he still chooses to go climbing. Highly recommended! ... Read more


    5. Wilderness Medicine (Wilderness Medicine: Management of Wilderness and Environmental Emergencies)
    by Paul S. Auerbach, Paul S., Md., Ms. Auerbach
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    Asin: 0323009506
    Catlog: Book (2001-02-15)
    Publisher: C.V. Mosby
    Sales Rank: 81127
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING - a MUST READ for anyone working in the outdoors
    As a field geologist, Gulf War veteran and former EMT, I can say that this book is the most comprehensive text I have ever seen regarding outdoor dangers, survival and wilderness medicine. If you work outdoors or spend a lot of time recreating outside, this is a MUST HAVE book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wilderness Medicine
    As an RN,Trauma Nurse Specialist, I found this book to be well written and highly informative. With the speed of modern travel it's also a great reference to have for injuries and illnesses that can occur in far away places that one doesn't see often, or ever in your "home" ED. ... Read more


    6. Mountain Bike!: A Manual of Beginning to Advanced Technique
    by William Nealy
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    Asin: 0897321146
    Catlog: Book (1992-05-01)
    Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press
    Sales Rank: 192611
    Average Customer Review: 4.44 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The book you need to teach yourself to mountain bike
    I was lucky to come across this book early in my mountain biking career. Though the material is somewhat dated (due to the technology standards for bikes advancing), it has great advice on the basics of form and technique. The most useful part of the book is that because it is in cartoon form, he can also demonstrate what happens when you do things wrong. Not only does this make it easy to see yourself, and what (goof thing) you're doing wrong, it gives you excellent advice for how to correct it. His cartooning style lends itself well to the "force diagrams" he draws. These were much more useful to me that photos (always too dark, too small and poorly reproduced) for clairty of understanding of what is going on. Cartooning also leds itself to capturing some "motion" that "action" photos can miss. He also seems to capture the essence of mountain biking, which is (once you get into it) somewhat cultish and a lot of fun. Easy and entertaining to read, this is one of the first things I give folks that are starting out.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not your grandmother's coffee table book!!!
    This is NOT a coffee table book, as someone unscrupulous suggested below. This is bone-crunching heart-stopping mind-blowing Mountain Biking we are discussing and besides an increased heart rate, this has nothing to do with coffee.

    I am not going to jump on a "This is the best mountain bike reference ever published for all skill levels" bandwagon, even though I am selling a copy. Hey, got to be honest... I picked up this book after my somewhat reckless $1,500 investment into a full-suspension Trek rig having virtually no mountain biking experience whatsoever. Being a sucker for details (comes naturally - I am a network engineer) I wanted to learn my new hobby in a methodical and structured way. My desire to learn on other people's mistakes was further strengthened by my first visit to Rockville mountain bike park in North Bay. This ride has positively kicked my butt humbling and scaring me witless into buying some sort of "Mountain Biking for Morons" equivalent. This is how I came across William Nealy and his weird little manual. Alas, I end my digression and give you the skinny.

    The manual is easy to read; it's offbeat and slightly wacky just like the sport itself is. An occasional use of well-hidden expletives reinforces presented concepts and also prepares one for what's inevitable - pain. The comic book style is original and pictures are fun to look at even if you don't plan to join NORBA (e.g. my wife). Concepts are well organized and presented in an easy-to-digest fashion. Reading it for the first time, many notions completely escaped me thus I recommend to re-read the book a few times, while riding, riding, riding at the same time. I appreciated an abundance of mountain bike-specific jargon and some of my advanced amateur freerider friends were intrigued by Nealy's explanation of various advanced moves, which come to them naturally but are so hard to explain.

    In conclusion, I give this book 4 sprockets (out of 5). Hey, if this was a 5, I would already be sponsored by Fox Racing or Marzocchi. But seriously, I believe this was a worthwhile purchase. I don't know if this is the greatest mountain biking manual ever written, but it was certainly the most helpful one to me. Of course, all the advice of this manual would have been worthless if I have not been following the reading with an actual riding. I am nowhere near a professional, but I sure can pedal with the rest of them, and this book has helped a lot. Thanks, William!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great book for beginners
    I have been mountain biking for only a couple of months now and I have to say that this book has saved me from a couple of close call wipe-outs. It teaches techniques to keep from "face planting" yourself as well as basic techniques ( with illustrations) to keep your ride enjoyable.

    Good job

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best how-to mountain bike book ever!
    This book does a fantastic job conveying important concepts of mountainbiking. From fundamentals like how to get on the bicycle to advanced tricks like a rear-wheelie sliding turn to trail maintanence, William Nealy takes a balanced informed understanding of the sport and lays it out it humerous easy to understand illustrations. His wisdom imporved my skills, his wit nearly burst my gut!

    4-0 out of 5 stars eBook edition looks horrible
    The book itself is excellent, just look the other reviews to find this out. So I just want to point out one thing:

    Do not buy this book as an eBook!

    The book has been written by hand and contains a lot of cartoon drawings. Unfortunately adobe reader uses horrible resolution for the graphics (and thus in this case for the texts also). It just looks like the whole book had been faxed to you. ... Read more


    7. How to Shit in the Woods: An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art
    by Kathleen Meyer
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    Asin: 0898156270
    Catlog: Book (1994-08-01)
    Publisher: Ten Speed Press
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    Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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    An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art

    Our once-pristine wildlands are threatened by ever increasing problems of pollution.Since its first publication in 1989, How to Shit in the Woods has been adopted by outdoor enthusiasts everywhere as part of the solution.In this updated edition, outdoorswoman Kathleen Meyer reviews the newly available portable potties, with special attention to individual trekkers in an all-new chapter, "Plight of the Solo Poop Packer."Other topics include: the growing array of travelers' field water-disinfecting systems, Giardia contamination and the now infamous critter Cryptosporidium, crotch-accessible clothing for women, and a fresh batch of "worst experience" stories, all peppered with irreverent musings.For the purist, there are more wise t.p.-less techniques from the Old World.Written with an effervescent sense of humor, this is a book for anyone who wants to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars How to Keep Your G.I. Tract Healthy While Enjoying the Woods
    Book Review: How to Shit in the Woods 1/3/00 Mozella Rainwater Sunshine If you want to enjoy the woods and leave the place so others can come behind you and enjoy the same space, then this is the book to read before you shop for supplies. And be sure to also put it in your backpack to consult in case you forget a detail or two. In reading this book, it is evident that the author backed her material with solid research and the experience of years of trekking in the wilds all over the world. Ms. Meyer tells you how to keep your entire gastrointestinal track healthy and how to be comfortable when nature has to eliminate your private bio-waste material. There's even a chapter devoted to women and our special concerns in this delicate category.

    Be sure to read this book with your children before sending them off to camp so they can come back to you as healthy as they left you.

    I wish this book had been available before I went on my first backpacking expedition back in the early 80's. Thanks to the Powers That Be for freedom of the press and the unhindered flow of information.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Gift for New Scouting Professionals
    This is one book that always manages to turn up at Scouting Events, Wood Badge Courses, etc. Once you get past the laughts & shock value of the title, the reader will find some common sense tips on being environmentally friendly in the outdoors.

    At Camporees we always put this book in our latrine as many of our scouts like to read while doing their "duty." (Hey, it promotes Reading Merit Badge!).

    My favorite use of this book is to recognize new District Executives and other Scouting Professionals by presenting this book to them at various Scouting events, usually right after they first land a job in our district (seems like we are getting new D.E.'s all the time) or saying thanks to Scouters in our district.

    Anyone who loves this book will also like "Up Shit Creek" also produced by ICS and available from Amazon.

    Ed Henderson Associate Editor - SCOUTER Magazine

    5-0 out of 5 stars QUITE FUNNY AND VERY THOUGHT PROVOKING
    I BOUGHT THIS AS A CHRISTMAS GIFT (WITH SIMILAR BOOKS OF "TOILET HUMOR") FOR MY 40 YEAR OLD BROTHER-IN-LAW. HOWEVER MY HUSBAND AND KIDS ENJOYED IT TOO MUCH TO GIVE THEM UP....

    3-0 out of 5 stars Read the sample pages
    This is one of those books that will either amuse you or offend you, so I suggest you take advantage of Amazon's sample page views before buying.

    For myself, I was gently amused but, after twenty pages or so, found my eyelids closing and sleep looming threateningly over my head. Why?... well, frankly, it's just not very interesting!

    If you've nothing important on your agenda, by all means take a trip through Kathleen Meyer's world of bodily functions. Otherwise, go for a brisk walk - you'll learn more.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Funny book
    If you have ever had a problem taking a dump in the forest or just been embarrassed about it...read this book. It is great. ... Read more


    8. Eiger Dreams : Ventures Among Men and Mountains
    by JON KRAKAUER
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    Catlog: Book (1997-05-19)
    Publisher: Anchor
    Sales Rank: 9752
    Average Customer Review: 4.53 out of 5 stars
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    No matter what the actual temperature may be, several pages into Eiger Dreams you will begin to shiver. Halfway through you will acquire a new appreciation for your fingers, toes, and the fact that you still have a nose. And by the end of this collection, you'll define some commonly used phrases in an entirely different way.The understated "catch some air" and the whimsical "log some flight time" are climbers' euphemisms for falling, while "crater" refers to what happens when you log some flight time all the way to the ground."Summiting," the term for reaching the top of a mountain, seems almost colorless in comparison. The various heroes, risk-takers, incompetents, and individualists Krakauer captures are more than colorful, whether they summit or not. The author is more interested in exploring the addiction of risk--the intensity of effort--than mere triumph. There's the mythical minimalist climber, John Gill, whose fame "rests entirely on assents less than thirty feet high," and the Burgess brothers--freewheeling, free-floating English twins who seem to make all the right decisions when it counts, and hence most often fail to reach the top. Of course, they are alive. Over these and other talented climbers hangs a malignant, endlessly creative nature--its foehn winds can make people crazy and its avalanches do far worse. Eiger Dreams is an adrenaline fest for the weary, an overdue examination of a stylish, brave subculture. As one of the heroes Krakauer outlines says of his occupation, "It's sort of like having fun, only different." ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Collection of Stories.........
    I've read Into Thin Air and Into the Wild so when I picked up this book in the Seattle airport after getting off Mt. Rainier I was hoping it would be as good. I wasn't disappointed.

    An excellent mix of both adventure and mountaineering stories, I finished this book in no time at all. What really strikes me is the life that Krakauer has been able to lead. I only wish I had had the time and direction to attempt half of what this guy has done and then be able to write so candidly about it.

    This book is first rate. From the stories about canyons in the Southwest to excellent climbing stories that focus not only on the terrain, but the personalities along the way, make this book enjoyable cover to cover. The fact that climbers are such an interesting cross section of society is vividly expounded on in this book. You finish feeling you know these folks intimately or at least relate to just about everyone as a friend or contemporary.

    Buy it.....read it. Then give it to a friend like I did. The Burgess Boys are worth the cost alone!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Cliffhanger
    "I have fallen. I am dying. Please send help. Quickly!" Mountain climbing is on of the most dangerous sports in the world. This quote shows why in the book Eiger Dreams by Jon krakauer. This collection of memoirs is about adventures on mountains and the tragedies that occur on them everyday. This is a great collection of memoirs that are descriptive and very interesting. For instance, when he talks about he climbs, you actually feel like you're on the mountaiwith those brave sole. Even though there are one or two stories that are just boring, the rest of the stories are entertaining and keep you on the edge of your seat. For me, this book was a big page-turner. I wanted to read on from the first sentence to the last word. I occasionally drifted off, but I definitely wanted to figure what would happen next. If you like climbing, you will like this book. Another aspect this book excelled in was that it finished very strong. On every memoir that was recited, there was a good ending. They never left me hanging, and they connect to the memoir. The endings make a huge exclamation mark on an already great book. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone. Even if you don't climb. It can have philosophical and physical significance for everyone. Like I said, there are some definite weak spots, but its worth reading through them. This book is typical Jon Krakauer, wonderful.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Exposure
    This is an engaging, brilliantly-written set of stories, not about just the experiences, but about the mindsets of climbers. Did I say enganging? I should have said spellbinding. The book could have been titled "Exposure." Every one of the climbers, including the author, and including many who die, is given a history and reference-frame from which you may evaluate the sanity of their thirst for the climbing elixor. Krakauer gives you the full story. This is great reading; you will not be bored!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Writing, Great Stories
    I read Into Thin Air a few years ago. I found it compelling, but at points I felt that the writing was rushed. I just finished Eiger Dreams and was very impressed. Because all but one of these stories started as magazine articles (mostly in Outside, a tremendous magazine when it isn't a travel mag), they are well put together. Most of the stories are riveting (I read the book in one setting). Krakauer is a skilled author. A few times I found myself laughing. A few times I found myself tense from the suspense.

    3-0 out of 5 stars On the folly of mountain climbing
    I read this book with a mixture of awe and revulsion. There's no denying that Krakauer is a good writer, and that the events and people of which he writes are interesting. But the fact of the matter remains is that the "past-time" that these people have devoted--and in some cases sacrificed--their lives is an excellent example of man's propensity to forsake reason and logic in the pursuit of illusory goals. To devote oneself to climbing mountains for the sake of thrills and notarity ultimately serves no useful purpose, and simply gratifies the ego of the climber. Sadly, the mindset of the mountain climber resembles that of the gallant soldier of yore who with nonsensical and misguided idealism would willingly shirk all concern for self for the sake of some ultimately pointless objective. Were these people to come to the rational conclusion it should not be man's place to conquer everything on this planet (and subsequently turn that which is conquered into a gigantic playground) and that one can attain much greater and sincere rewards by revering the mountain from a distance, they'd have my undying respect. But as it stands, I have no sympathy for these people whatsoever. ... Read more


    9. Knots & Ropes for Climbers (Outdoor and Nature)
    by Duane Raleigh, Mike Clelland
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    Asin: 0811728714
    Catlog: Book (1998-01-01)
    Publisher: Stackpole Books
    Sales Rank: 6999
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great, Straightforward Book
    This is a really excellent book of knots for climbers. No nonsense, very clear, easy to figure out illustrations (really Mike Clelland is possibly the best, to say nothing of his great cartoons). The exceptional thing about this book of knots is the explanations that go with the knots. Lucid and well-written. The why, wherefore and, even in some cases why NOT...of a knot. It's not just a collection of a large number of knots you could use and have at it sort of thing. Since there are not that many that a climber truly needs (or wants), this book's it. Esoteric knots and decoratives are great, but beyond the scope for climbers.This one's really all you need.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Knots without the pain
    This is a great book for the beginning rock climber, or those like me who tried it in their youth and are returning to the sport. Mr. Raleigh shares some very insightful points to the knots one should rely on for their own safety, and takes you through the more complicated variations on the essential themes.
    The illustrations by Mike Clelland are great! The text is exact, precise, and exactly what you need to read to get the most out of your bouldering, rappelling, or mountaineering experience!
    Mr. Raleigh takes you through the essential knots, then the terminology, various starter knots their importance, a treatment on rope care, protocols for being on the rope, webbing, and experiences on doing air time when the proper protection technique was not chosen for a pitch.
    This book is a must have for the library, for learning, or for reference. Bravo, I wish this one was around 20 years ago

    5-0 out of 5 stars Reliable info is only as good as one's adherence to it
    I'm happy to hear that Mr. Williams (dangerous information, January 15, 2000) suffered little more than discomfort and frustration at the hands of his Prusik and surviving, gained useful experience in the process. Let his lapse reinforce the quality of both the advice given and your ability to synthesize and apply it.

    Page 46: "If you use the Prusik to back up a rappel, make sure the sling that attaches the Prusik to the harness is short and always within easy reach. At least one climber has died because his sling was too long and locked up out of reach, stranding him on rappel."

    5-0 out of 5 stars Boy, this is sure a great book
    I worked with this book and some cord for a couple weeks before starting gym and outdoor climbing, and it made the instruction breeze by. The illustrations are easy to follow, the reasons to use one knot over another are useful, and the context of why each knot variation is helpful and builds a great platform to learn more.
    One of the most useful pieces of climbing equipment I've bought. It seems the guy who said the prussik was dangerous didn't actually read the text, which said to keep it in easy reach. Climbing is dangerous - make sure you are prepared and understand what you are doing before you do it.

    1-0 out of 5 stars dangerous information
    I really liked the book, the drawings are great and the words are fun. I was rappeling not too long ago using the prusik to make me safe like they do on the cover of the book. The prusik tightened onto the rope just at the end of my reach, and I was hanging from the one loop around my leg. It was really uncomfortable and it took me a long time to get free. I asked a guide friend and he showed me two much safer ways to do the setup. Now I have to wonder if the book has more dangerous mistakes, because this one was on the front cover. ... Read more


    10. Big Wall Climbing: Elite Technique (Mountaineers Outdoor Expert)
    by Jared Ogden
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    Catlog: Book (2005-04-30)
    Publisher: Mountaineers Books
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    ·Skills and strategies unique to big walls-illustrated in full color·Includes modern speed and free climbing tactics that have revolutionized wall climbing·Key training exercises (practiced near the ground) and real life examples reinforce instruction

    Dangling sweaty-palmed from a 3000-foot cliff for days on end, Jared Ogden taught himself to climb his first big wall by trial and error. Why should you have to do the same? Ogden, who has climbed El Capitan's Nose in less than twenty-four hours, wants to jump-start your education.

    Whether you're a weekend warrior or a full-on wall addict, you'll learn the tools of the trade and how to use them; different leading and hauling scenarios and why some are better suited than others; multiple following set-ups for different terrain; how to choose your partners and routes; staying on route; how to live on a wall; the steps involved in doing first ascents; big wall style and ethics; and more. Ogden will have you racked and ready for prime big wall climbing destinations in North America including Yosemite, Zion, Rocky Mountain, and the Black Canyon of Gunnison National Parks; the Alaskan Range; and the Bugaboos of British Columbia. ... Read more


    11. How to Climb Series: Climbing Anchors
    by John Long
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    Asin: 0934641374
    Catlog: Book (1993-01-01)
    Publisher: Falcon
    Sales Rank: 16401
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars A must for trad climbers
    A bit out of date (for example, he talks about cordelettes like they're something really rare and new) and some of the black and white photos of anchor systems are difficult to see, but I still learned a lot from this book (in conjunction with hands-on learning, of course). It helps to have the companion book (More Climbing Anchors) because some of the techniques in there are a little more up to date. I liked how he talked about the pros/cons of each anchor setup and situation. I've heard that Bob Gaines and John Long are working on a new book on anchors, but not sure when that's supposed to be out.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Required Reading
    This book is required reading for every aspiring rock climber. Long provides explanations of the subtleties of placing nuts and cams that cannot be found anywhere else in print. The book's one flaw is that it somewhat overemphasizes using the rope to equalize multi-point anchor systems, a problem that is corrected in "More Climbing Anchors," the companion text by John Long and Bob Gaines.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for trad climbing/natural anchor setup
    This book is extremely valuable for learning how to place protection or setting up anchors for trad climbing or top rope anchor setup. My friends and I carefully studied this book and went out and practiced placing gear and setting up anchors from the ground. When we went and took an anchor building class, we learned a lot of good tips, but the information we learned from this book helped us rapidly advance in our class. This book also is very helpful after you learn your basics because you can analyze various anchor setups and compare it to the analysis in the book. One drawback of this or any other book is that a picture is never as good as inspecting protection on your own at various angles close up. For this reason, you will want to go climbing with a more experienced partner or an instructor so they can give you more detailed feedback on your own protection placement skills.

    4-0 out of 5 stars I am only a beginner...
    ...but this is a fantastic book. I have been climbing since I was in high school, and I'm only 22, but I have had a desire to lead trad since the beginning and if there is anything that I can say to make feel more comfortable about spending [money] just to be safe, then I want to say it. This book changed my perception about trad before I was even able to develop one on my own. I read this book cover to cover in 48 hrs. not because it was spell-binding but because it is such valid information. Look, you need this, and Mountaineering "The Freedon of the Hills," to begin the library of an adventure seeking individual. But, this book is specifically useful because of all of it's definitively perfect pictures of placements of passive gear and active camming devices. You want this book, believe me, and if you won't buy it then e-mail me and I'll sell you mine, or give it to you because it would be a crying shame to deck out just because you were too silly to purchase a book on "How not to die, and have fun doing it."

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource
    Books on climbing technique have typically been incomplete in their coverage and lacking in illustrative detail. John Long's "How To Rock Climb" series has made a quantum leap in these areas and are the current standard-bearers. This book and its companion (More Climbing Anchors) show many possible anchor problems and discuss the pros and cons of several solutions for each. By practicing the techniques presented, trad climbers can improve the integrity of their anchors. ... Read more


    12. Annapurna
    by Maurice Herzog
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    Asin: 1558215492
    Catlog: Book (1997-06-01)
    Publisher: The Lyons Press
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    Average Customer Review: 4.44 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars EXTREME ADVENTURE FOR THE GLORY OF FRANCE AT 8,000 METERS
    This book is a romanticized, sanitized account of the 1950 French expedition to the Himalayas by its so called leader, Maurice Herzog. It is a book that is reflective of the times in which it was written. Still, it should be a must read for anyone who is interested in high altitude climbing.

    I first read this book in the early 1960s as a young teenager. I recall being enthralled by it and amazed at the hardships the climbers endured to bring glory to France. In reading it again as an adult, I find myself still enthralled, but more attuned to the fact that it is written in a somewhat self-serving style.

    The book itself chronicles the attempt by the French to climb an 8,000 meter peak in the Himalayas. They had two alternatives: Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. In those days, the Himalayas were largely uncharted and any topographical maps which existed at the time proved to be largely incorrect. So, the French expedition spent a large portion of their time in reconnaissance. Not only were they there to climb the mountain, they had to find a way to get to it and then map out a route on the unknown terrain to the summit. Ultimately, they chose to climb Annapurna.

    In reading this book, one must remember that the climb took place without the sophisticated equipment or protective clothing available today. This was before gortex and freeze-dried foods. This climb was made before Nepal or climbing the Himalayas became a major tourist attraction. The conditions for travellers were extremely primitive and difficult under the best of circumstances.

    When the expedition finally finds a route to Annapurna, the reader almost feels like cheering for them. When they start to climb, one senses that, in comparison to latter day expeditions, they are not so well equipped or savvy about the dangers one can encounter during a high altitude climb or the risks in doing it without supplemental oxygen, as they did. Then one realizes that they were pioneers. They were paving the way for others.

    The climb to the summit by Maurice Herzog and his partner, Louis Lachenal, is interesting, but it is their harrowing descent and return to civilization which is riveting. The two summiteers begin their descent but run into difficulties. They are fortunate to encounter two of their fellow climbers, Lionel Terray and Gaston Rebuffat, who are contemplating their own summit assault but, instead, choose to aid their comrades in the descent, foregoing their own quest for the summit.

    The travails which the climbers encounter on the descent would have finished off less hardy souls. Maurice Herzog loses his gloves during the descent and has no spare pair. One of them falls into a crevasse which, believe it or not, turns out to be a good thing. They are caught in an avalanche. They get lost in a storm. They become frostbitten and two of them, are, ultimately, forced to endure amputations.

    The medical treatment they received by the expedition doctor is unbelievable and almost primitive. Employing treatments for frostbite that have since fallen onto disrepute (excruciatingly painful arterial injections, for example), the doctor is almost frightening, at times. The reader cannot help but feel pity for the suffering the injured climbers endured: maggot ridden flesh, amputations without anaesthesia, and lack of proper medical care for a protracted period of time.

    The heroics of some of the sherpas, as on most expeditions, go largely unsung. One must, however, pause to reflect on the fact that as this all took place before airlifts were available, the injured climbers had to be carried. Their exodus back to the frontier took about five weeks. Who carried them down the mountain, over the moraines, on makeshifts bridges over flooded, raging rivers, through dense jungle? Who else but the sherpas. What thanks did they get? None, as usual.

    Anyway, when the expedition finally return to France, Maurice Herzog is lauded as a national hero by the French. He becomes the media darling. The other three climbers, as are the rest of those on the expedition, are largely ignored and forgotten. Therein lies the tale. If you want to know how this polarization came about, I highly recommend that you also read 'True Summit' by David Roberts. It gives you the inside scoop about the expedition and how things really were.

    Notwithstanding its idealization, romanticism, and everything is hunky-dory routine, Herzog's book is still a must read for all climbing enthusiasts.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible pathos and humanity (and mountaineering!)
    I have given this book to two climbing friends to read. I enjoy Messner's and Bonington's accounts and thought Krakauer's "Into Thin Air" the best written of many books of this sort, but if you want to REALLY shed tears for the challenge of climbing an "8-thousander" there is absolutely nothing to match Maurice Herzog! I think he has written two other books, but they do not seem to be available from Amazon.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Warts and All Simply the Best
    When my Mum bought a beaten early edition back from the Hospital Auxillary Store it sat on my shelf for about a year before I decided to take it up. I had read tons of mountaineering literature before that time and much since, but this book is one of the benchmarks against which all others are measured. It is simply one of the greatest adventure stories. It is also proof that truth is indeed stranger than fiction.

    For those who are more familiar with all of the traditional British siege tactics used in the 50's, 60s and 70s will find French tactics and the general story familiar. What is different is the extended struggle for survival at altitude that is truly amazing. Having some mountaineering experience myself in extreme cold (though not at this altitude) I was constantly amazed by their ability to cheat death, just when you figure that they are all for the worms. Spending the night inside the crevasse is one of great fingernail biters of all time chapters. I am just left shaking my head that anyone could survive after a night without boots in extreme cold, at altitude --- and then attempt crawl off the mountain the next morning --- in stocking feet.

    Of course they paid for it. Herzog himself supporating all over Nepal and Northern India, loosing digits and appendages for the glory of France.

    This account is clearly colonial, sanitised in some points, and omits some of the fine climbing by other members of the group... so be it --- screw post-modernism, Jean Paul Sartre, and doubt. It is still one of the best ripping yarns in the mountaineering genre --- that modern climbers suffused with petty personal ego problems, the quest for personal gain and money could ever write so well --- that would be a miracle. Let the plain tales of the quest for rotten glory riegn.

    Look for a worm eaten, faded copy. It will hold pride of place on your adventure shelf for many years to come.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Gripping, although sanitized account, of the expedition
    Muarice Herzog's account of climbing for the first time of an 8,000 meter peak has its assured place among the classics in the climbing literature. The description of the harrowing descent and sibsequent medical treatments will surely leave a long lasting trace in every reader's memory! What one must remember is that equipment, techniques and psychological perspectives were different in the immediate post-WW II era than they are today in the time of guided expeditions. In reading this book, one gets a real sense of the true challenges experienced by the climbers.

    While the book does not fall short in telling the story, it fails to provide an unbiased picture of the expedition and it's role in French society at the time. First of all, Herzog, for all his qualities, clearly orchestrated media attention, so that he will come out as the hero (at the airport prior to departure he had all other climbers sign releases authorizing only him to give first-hand account of the expedition). The national fervor following the success largely overlooks the achievements of other expedition members, including Lanchenal, Terry and Rebuffat.

    Similarly to the first successful Italian expedition on K2 (where Compagnoni, Lacedeli and Desio get the credit, while Walter Bonatti's role is overlooked), here too the truly outstanding climbers prove only through their subsequent deeds (see "Starlight and Storm" by Rebuffat or "Conquistadors of the Useless" by Terray)their far superior mountaineering qualities.

    In spite of all this, Herzog's book is, in my opinion, a must read for climbing enthusiasts.

    5-0 out of 5 stars GRIPPING ACCOUNT OF ADVENTURE
    This is perhaps the most famous and long lasting book in mountaineering. The account of how Herzog and Lachenal reached Annapurna's summit is the culmination of a long and difficult journey in which the team gets lost and found dozens of times.

    I found most interesting to be the differences between an expedition in the 90s (such as described in Into Thin Air) and Herzog's expedition; it is hard to understand how they could ahve made it without the modern equipment, however they did pay the price through amputated limbs.

    This is a mountaineering classic, perhaps the best one, despite the recent questions as to the veracity of the team dynamics described by Herzog. Herzog describes a team of selfless members that were working towards one common goal, to get one of them on the summit. Question have arisen on whether such dynamics were not exaggerated. Either way, it si a wonderful book to read, as Herzog takes us on a ride all the way to the summit and back. Highly recommended for the armchair mountaineer. ... Read more


    13. World Mountaineering : The World's Great Mountains by the World's Great Mountaineers
    by Audrey Salkeld
    list price: $50.00
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    Asin: 0821225022
    Catlog: Book (1998-11-01)
    Publisher: Bulfinch
    Sales Rank: 280568
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    World Mountaineering reaches a new summit. Organized by continent, this splendid, large-format climbing guide features 52 of the world's most spectacular mountains and their climbs, stepping far beyond the mere map-and-route delineations that define many climbing guidebooks. Even if the topographical descriptions and various routes snaking across the stunningly clear photographs were all that were here, that might seem enough. But each mountain's entry also includes an aerial map, a timeline of climbing history, and practicalities such as access, red tape, the best times to climb, and suggested maps and guidebooks to bring along. Essays--written by top mountaineers, such as Ed Webster on Mount Robson, or Hilary Boardman on the Carstensz Pyramid--recount personal experiences with each mountain. Suddenly the alpine world is above, shimmering and stirring, crisp and clear. The only stumble is that only five of these mountaineer essayists are women.

    Route descriptions concentrate less on the step-by-step details and more on the legacy of those who have gone before, their equipment, their route's most difficult and salient features, and the official climb grading. Ideas for future climbs on each mountain suggest new routes on which to test and hone skills.

    Sure, there are mountains here that one would expect--Everest, McKinley, K2, Kilimanjaro--but, as Chris Bonington writes in the foreword, "We must remember that there are alternatives to Everest.... There is a wealth of superb climbing to be had around the world ... in places where there are few, if any, other people and still no tell-tale signs of man." Bonington gives cautions about the crowding and development of popular mountains; editor Audrey Salkeld introduces the book with a history of climbing and thoughts on the future of mountaineering. In all, World Mountaineering reveals the dazzling array of climbing possibilities and acts as much as an inspiration as a dependable guide to the top. --Byron Ricks ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars the world's great mountains by the world's great mountaineer
    Very good book on a variety of tempting targets that will take any climber at least one lifetime. The most recent information on routes, accesibility etc. makes it very valuable. World famous climbers' stories about their climbs is a eal extra. Five stars!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful photography
    This will be an absorbing read if, like me, Jon Krauker's "Into Thin Air" awakened the nascent armchair mountaineer in you. Interleaving some great photography with brief accounts of various climbs, and summaries of the main routes on mountains across the world, it's well worth a look even if (perhaps, especially if!) the thought of actually climbing a major peak isn't your idea of a fun way to risk your life. ... Read more


    14. Technical Rescue Riggers Guide
    by Rick Lipke
    list price: $15.95
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    Asin: 0966577701
    Catlog: Book (1998-07-01)
    Publisher: Conterra Inc
    Sales Rank: 192360
    Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    The new revised edition, Technical Rescue Riggers Guide by Rick Lipke, shows some of the most up to date techniques rope rescue available today. 126 pages, 296 clear illistrations and photos, from basic knots and anchors, to highlines, helo rescues, and much more! Completely cross referenced, with handy safety reminders throughout. Already on its third printing, this guide is rapidly becomming the defacto national standard for safe, intelligent rope rescue. A portion of the sale of this guide goes to support volunteer mountain rescue. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Technical Rescue Riggers Guide
    One of the best, I highly recommend it as a quick refresher. The technology is excellent, and the illustrations clear. Lipke has distilled the material to the essence of what is needed to perform high end rescues.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but...
    This is an excellant field refrence guide providing that you have completed a class in rope rescue. Also, the pages are made of paper instead of plastic, which is the norm for Fire / Rescue field guides. Since it is made with paper, it is rendered useless quite quickly in adverse conditions. All in all, only buy this book if you are competent enough to understand the instruction and responsible enough to put it to good use.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but a somewhat different technique than standard
    The Technical Rescue Riggers Guide is a small, pocket sized wealth of information, similar to the CMC Rope Rescue Field Guide. Written by talented and proficient rescuers from the Pacicific Northwest, it advocates some somewhat non-standard (to the usual CMC / Rescue-3 / etc) school of thought, but has better descriptions of rigging highlines, etc than most field guides. Their recommendations for rope kits are probably the most complete (possibly overdone) I've ever seen, but their technique of color-coding webbing lengths certainly makes sense.

    All in all a valuable addition to the rescuers library, and the techniques are worth considering by all rescue teams. All in all, ... Read more


    15. Training for Climbing: The Definitive Guide to Improving Your Climbing Performance
    by Eric J. Horst
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    Asin: 0762723130
    Catlog: Book (2002-12-01)
    Publisher: Falcon
    Sales Rank: 31328
    Average Customer Review: 4.14 out of 5 stars
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    This is the completely revised and updated edition of Flash Training, the fundamental manual for physical and mental training for rock climbers. Drawing on new research in sports medicine, nutrition, and fitness, the author has created a training program to help any climber achieve superior performance and better mental concentration on the rock, with less risk of injury. A necessary book for rock climbers everywhere.
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Good book (but heed the warnings)
    First off you must know that this is a book for a hardcore athletic climber. If you are a novice or a weekend climber you may want to start with something lighter.
    This book treats climbing from a super-athletic perspective - covering exercise, nutrition and climbing techniques. Some of the info was way too heavy on the anatomy and physiology.
    Still, this book focuses on improving your physical and (often not mentioned in any other book) mental technique. It breaks down skills into physical strength, mental and technique areas. Even though much of the training was over my head, this helped me focus on mental hindrances that were inhibiting my performance and had tests which illuminated my weaknesses and then helped me to focus on strength building exercises to work on those weaknesses (like forearm burn and elbow pain after climbing hard).

    5-0 out of 5 stars the complete package
    I just read Training For Climbing, and it's really nice to have a complete guide in one well-organized package. I had previously gathered training information from numerous sources and it was kind of hit or miss. Now there's a single manual that covers pretty much every aspect of rock climbing performance and training. I would compare this book to Joe Friel's classic "Training for Ironman" and "Cyclists Training Bible" as the most concise guide to training for a specific discipline. I give it 5-Stars.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Limited perspective
    A very misleading title. It's an okay book if you're only interested in sport climbing and bouldering. Not very useful for alpinists, ice climbers, ski mountaineers, peak baggers or just being in shape for occasional weekend rockclimbs. Be very careful with some of his advice if you're over 30 since it's mostly written for younger climbers who recover quickly.

    5-0 out of 5 stars By Far, The Best Book on Climbing Performance
    Everyone I know who has read this book agrees it is the absolute best book on training for climbing. It's well written, comprehensive, and beautifully designed and printed. The information is science based (complete with dozens of research footnotes) and accurate, not anecdotal or shallow like some of the other training books out there. It seems well crafted for beginner, intermediate, and advanced climbers to utilize. It's a bit long (almost textbook like), but everything presented is relevant and useful; definitely a great buy ... Whether you are looking for guidance on improving your strength, power, technique, or mental skills, Training For Climbing rocks!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not bad. Not bad at all...
    Udo Neumann and Dale Goddard did would-be authors of climbing training manuals a real disservice when they published Performance Rock Climbing back in the early nineties. It was beautifully written, comprehensive, and extremely well researched. Few subsequent books on the subject have added anything to the knowledge base and some actually managed to subtract from it.

    Having said that, many found PRC a tough read in that it was consumed with 'why' and not so interested in 'how.' Training for Climbing, on the other hand, is a much needed blueprint for 'how' and is the first book that I'd rank in the same league with PRC.

    Horst breaks his book into the triad of skills necessary for climbing: Mental, Technical, and Physical. The first two are, for the most part, a repetition of methodologies laid out in PRC, but with cute monikers like 'Metal Wings.' The physical section is were Horst's book comes into its own. While it breaks little new ground, the focus on very specific training protocols will be highly useful to those who got bogged down in PRC. Horst tells you exactly what to do, when to do it, and how long to keep it up. He also includes chapters on nutrition and injury prevention that many will find useful and interesting.

    Having said that I have a few serious reservations about the book (and a number of nitpicky ones that I won't bore you with.)

    First, Horst's 3/2/1 week training cycle, while catchy sounding, is probably too short and will be sub-optimal for many people. For more on this, see PRC or if you want to go nuts check out Tudor Bompa's Periodization of Strength.

    Second, Horst may have been a bit hasty in completely discarding muscular endurance training. I can't help thinking that his opinion on this subject is the result of an overly narrow interpretation the facts. Again, see PRC for more on this.

    Lastly, there is no discussion of the strengthening of connective tissue-which may be why Horst is pretty much covered in tape in every photo.

    Overall, though, a strong effort and a book that if read carefully, will help just about anyone improve their climbing. ... Read more


    16. Kilimanjaro: A Guide to Climbing Africa's Highest Mountain, Includes City Guides to Arusha, Moshi, Marangu, Nairobi and Dar Es Salaam
    by Henry Stedman
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    Asin: 1873756658
    Catlog: Book (2003-05-01)
    Publisher: Trailblazer Publications
    Sales Rank: 10007
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    At 19,340 ft, Kilimanjaro is Africa's highest mountain and the world's tallest freestanding peak. The fact that it's possible to walk to the summit (no mountaineering skills needed) has made this Africa's most popular trek.Kilimanjaro is not difficult to reach and even has its own international airport. It's ideally placed between Tanzania and Kenya and most walkers combine the mountain hike with a visit to a game park.This new guide is written in the proven Trailblazer style--with detailed walking maps showing hiking times, points of interest, and gradients. Also includes: *Getting to Kilimanjaro from Europe, North America, and Australasia*Nairobi--trekking preparations and what to see*Dar-Es-Salaam--trekking preparations and what to see*Where to stay and eat--Nairobi, Dar-Es-Salaam, and along the trails*Employing a guide or porter*The environment--how to minimize impact on a fragile region*Health and safety*40 detailed walking maps*Post-trek options--excursions and safaris
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    5-0 out of 5 stars This is the One
    If you are looking for a book to help you plan a Kilimanjaro climb, this is it. I've read several of the others as well and can attest that many of them are not worth your time. Stedman is a bit flippant in style, but he makes for interesting reading. Most importantly, the information is comprehesive and mostly accurate.

    5-0 out of 5 stars AT LAST -- A GUIDE WORTHY OF THE MOUNTAIN!
    At last, a USEFUL guide to climbing Kilimanjaro! For 7 years I organized treks in East Africa (retiring last year -- and no, I'm not in this book!) and this is the first book Iv'e come across that does the mountain justice - one that tells you what you WANT and NEED to know. Things like which trekking agencies are worth booking with (and which are not!) what to take and where to go to celebrate afterwards! The book's history and wildlife sections are spot on (and even include some historical facts that I never knew), as are the town write-ups, and the route guides are the ONLY ACCURATE ones I've come across - proof that the author must have walked them himself, rather than just blindly copy the (inaccurate) maps available.
    Buy this to get you up the mountain, and the big National Geographic book to remind you of your trek afterwards. ... Read more


    17. The Rock Warrior's Way: Mental Training for Climbers
    by Arno Ilgner
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    Asin: 0974011207
    Catlog: Book (2003-06)
    Publisher: Desiderata Inst
    Sales Rank: 24759
    Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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    Mental training is scarcely covered in the climbing literature, yet it is as important to performance as strength, flexibility, and technique. In his unique approach to mental training, Arno Ilgner draws essential elements from the rich "warrior" literature, as well as from sports psychology, and combines these with his extensive climbing experience to create The Rock Warrior’s Way.

    Here is a comprehensive program for learning how to focus your mental resources during a challenging climb. It includes step-by-step guidance on motivation analysis, information gathering, risk assessment, mental focus, and deliberate transition into action.

    Poor use of attention creates fear, which can manifest itself as anything from performance anxiety to sheer terror. By using attention more purposefully we can understand how fear is created, deal with it effectively, and free ourselves to get back in touch with a far more powerful motivating force: our love of climbing. We can then create the kind of unbending intention that leads to outstanding performance. The Rock Warrior’s Way is a revolutionary program for climbers who want to improve both their performance and their enjoyment of climbing. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Seminal Mind Training
    As a casual acquaintance of Arno's over the years, I was gratified and pleased by how good his book turned out to be. It stands as a high water mark in the human potential genre. Well written and clear, Arno and Achey bring high theory down to earth (or the high cliffs as it were). As most people can imagine the challenge that hard rock climbing is, the lessons in this book could well be applied to help one deal with any challenge. In other words, you don't have to be a climber to get allot out of this book.

    Regarding the falling issue mentioned a few reviews back, I have to defend Arno and make it very clear that he does not advocate taking falls willy nilly. What he does advocate is taking responsibility for one's willingness or unwillingness to fall and making that choice based on the best possible information at hand, unfettered by an irrational fear of falling that prooccupies attention and leads to the dreaded 'overgrip'. His fall drills are designed to lesson that kind of fear by making falling a known experience rather than a boogie man that robs one's attention and strength.

    Where a climber likes to be on the safety - risk continuum is unavoidably a personal decision. Better to come to that decision with as much skill and information as one can gather. Nevertheless, regardless of how much you know and how strong you are, if you are challenging yourself at the edge of your abilities, you will still have to make your move and shove off into the unknown. That's the beauty of climbing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Gripped Magazine - Sonnie Trotter
    Since the day I started climbing I always felt there was a strong mental aspect to our sport. It became obvious to me when I started following Eric Hörst's mental tips and found jumps in my ability. I felt more powerful even though my muscles had not grown any stronger.

    After breaking through small barriers, I realized there was another world of mental training, but I had no idea where to turn. There were authors putting out psychological books for other sports, but climbing has always been more complicated. Arno Ilgner has filled this gap with his new book, The Rock Warrior's Way.

    Don't let the cover fool you. When I first picked it up, my impression was that this book was dedicated to old school trad methods. This could not have been further from the truth. This book is for all climbers. Some of his themes are self observation and the importance of separating our identity from our experiences and responding to them with patience and intelliegence.

    Ilgner finds a way to make order of chaos. He's found a way to express our mental habits that everyone can understand and he's created simple and effective ways to address our problems. Whatever your level of climbing, you will walk away from this book with valuable lessons.
    --Sonnie Trotter, Gripped magazine

    5-0 out of 5 stars Rock and Ice Magazine - Rob Dillon
    Twenty years ago, Arno Ilgner and his buddy Steve Petro were working a hard route, Morning Sickness (5.11d) in Fremont Canyon, Wyoming, that was reachy for both. Petro, while an excellent climber, complained daily about being too short for the initial move. Finally, Ilgner blew up, and told him to just accept his height: "You aren't going to grow any taller and the roof isn't getting any shorter!" Petro, briefly taken aback, decided to work with what was--instead of wasn't--available, and sent the route next visit.

    Ilgner, a hard Southern climber and runout guru of 30 years, has learned much along the way, compiling a program of mental training for climbers that he has now condensed into The Rock Warrior's Way. While drawing from his own experience, Ilgner also sought concepts through a wide range of sources, from Carlos Castaneda to the Russian spiritualist George Gurdjieff.

    Considering the many books dedicated to climbing training, little writing hitherto has addressed the climber's mind in-depth. Ilgner's self-published book is short on frills--the design is basic and the black-and-white photos unspectacular--but long on "warrior" beta, containing thoughtful information worth every penny of the price. Ilgner has managed to convey his experience into a chewy, yet readable and effective, guide to attaining the focused power of the martial-arts student. The book offers a process for a climber--say, facing a runout or a hard route--to prepare for challenges, assess the difficulties ahead, and transition into action.
    --Rob Dillon, Rock and Ice magazine

    4-0 out of 5 stars American Alpine News Editor
    Who hasn't, at some point in their climbing career, felt the cold knot of fear in the belly, and an internal dialogue that goes something along the lines of, "I wish I wasn't here; the pro sucks, just get me through this and I won't climb again, or at least for a week." And yet, as Arno Ilgner points out, you chose to go up that route. Once you make the choice, you should contrinue to stay in charge of choices, and this internal dialogue can sap your ability to do the route. Ilgner's "The Rock Warrior's Way" is an excellent primer for mental training for climbing.

    Ilgner addresses seven processes of what he calls "the warrior's way" that can lead to better climbing: becoming conscious, life if subtle, accepting responsibility, giving, choices, listening and the journey. Ilgner's main thesis is that the ego seeks glory without effort, and that the ego distracts you from learning from the experiences you undergo. By learning to turn off the ego, and climb for the challenge alone instead of the rewards of being able to say you did a hard route, you become more attuned with your climbing. Once you learn to accept the situation as it is, instead of wishing for it to be easy, you can learn how to deal with it. After all, if all climbs were easy, you might as well just climb a ladder.

    Ilgner does seem to have more of a sport climber mentality in at least one area--his acceptance of falling. He even encourages you to practice falling so you can learn to deal with the fear of it. For me, at least, this casualness about falling can have serious consequences. On ice, for instance, falling is a really bad idea; so too in the mountains. Any fall can have serious consequences, and I feel that courting an attitude that you can always anticipate the consequences of a fall belies the nature of physics and chaos theory, so I found it grating.

    Other than that one caveat, there is a lot of information in here that could benefit any climber. Ilgner also includes a series of training exercises at the end of the book that can be used to help implement the precepts of the book. "The Rock Warrior's Way" can help every climber improve.
    --Candace Horgan, American Alpine News

    5-0 out of 5 stars Contributing Editor of Climbing magazine
    Climbers all know the feeling: being in the zone. No matter the activity, it is the state that we live for, and when we find it, bliss follows. However, the zone can be elusive and fleeting - most times we are somewhere in a partial-bliss state. Or worse.
    Based on techniques Ilgner developed as a climber and a coach, The Rock Warrior's Way strives to help climbers understand how to consistently achieve a mental state of power. The pragmatist and idealist alike will find useful tools to immediately improve their climbing performance and, more importantly, their enjoyment.
    The most useful ideas in the book center on controlling debilitating fear. While the methods will help a cellar-dwelling Brit send his next gritstone horror-show, the rest of us mortals will glean plenty of good info about facing the nagging anxiety handed out by seemingly mundane routes. We have all been there: above the gear or bolt, imagining the worst, launch sequence engaged. Ilgner advises us to "find comfort in the chaos." Luckily, he couples such cryptic statements with real techniques to quell the inner voice that tries to convince the mind that death is imminent. For me, even a slight improvement in the battle with fear is manna.
    The practical reader will have to sit through a bit of philosophy, but will be rewarded with flowing prose, real-world examples, and hands-on techniques. Much of what Ilgner suggests reminds us what we already know: climbing well takes a clear head; we perform better when we are in the moment; and "trying hard" can be either effective or futile, depending on how you try. These reminders helped me reevaluate my goals for better performance. I combed through my habits for "power leaks" and improved my focus. The best results? After 15 years at the crags, my love for climbing is reenergized thanks to my new "warrior" attitude. --Chris Kalous, Climbing magazine ... Read more


    18. Beyond the Summit: Setting and Surpassing Extraordinary Business Goals
    by Todd Skinner
    list price: $24.95
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    Asin: 159184004X
    Catlog: Book (2003-11-01)
    Publisher: Portfolio
    Sales Rank: 337667
    Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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    World-class rock climber Todd Skinner is also one of today's most sought-after motivational speakers for business audiences. Whenever he describes his history-making sixty-day free climb of the 20,500-foot Trango Tower in the Karakoram Himalayas (shown on the jacket), people are in awe of his stamina, skill, ambition, and determination. They are also eager to apply his lessons in their professional and personal lives.

    Skinner argues that everyone has a mountain to climb, whether it's meeting your annual sales target or launching a new product or getting your department to improve its teamwork. And he stresses that you should set your goals even higher than you normally would, and constantly look beyond the current summit to the next one. For instance, instead of aiming for 10 percent revenue growth, go after a seemingly impossible 50 percent target, and then think of new ways to get there.

    In both rock climbing and business, you must define your exact mission, assemble the right team, make the critical transition from preparation to action, have courage when crossing difficult terrain, and weather the storms well. Skinner offers fresh insights into all of these topics and explains principles such as:
    * how you think is more important than what you know
    * pick teammates for what they will do, not what they have already done
    * make decisions in answer to the mountain
    * fall toward the summit
    * see each challenge as part of a bigger picture, your lifelong ascent

    Beyond the Summit presents fresh and inspiring advice on leadership, teamwork, and decision-making skills, combined with an epic adventure tale.
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Can Change Your Thinking
    Todd Skinner has written a book that invites you to change how you think about challenges and obstacles. Especially pertinent were his specifics such as considering "measuring your progress from where you are to the summit" instead of where you began. There are several "aha" moments to be found in Beyond the Summit that do not ask you to understand a complex model of management or leadership, that are quite profound and immediately useful. Practical and inspirational.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Powerful, challenging, inspiring
    Is there a better metaphor for success in your endeavors than mountain climbing? So if you want the ultimate in success why not study the ultimate in mountain climbing. The lessons that Todd Skinner brings down from the summit are striking, challenging and forcefully introspective. Having read "Beyond the Summit" I found myself frequently putting the book down long enough to ask myself where I might find my personal 'first ascension.' An incredible book with a powerful story and life-changing lessons.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
    Having just heard Todd speak, I must say, he is by far one of the most influential people I have ever heard in person.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Refreshing Read
    I'm one of the lucky people who have heard Todd Skinner present "Beyond the Summit." I wondered how his presentation would translate into written form. What I found when I read "Beyond the Summit," was an elegant, down to earth, kinda zen-like model on how to fully live a life - or conduct a business ascent. I found the philosophy inspiring and practical and the story as fascinating as the first time I heard it. This will be a book that I read at the beginning of each year to keep me on the right path.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Above and Beyond
    Skinner offers an interesting twist to the standard "set goals" strategy for personal and business success. According to Skinner, it is better to establish outlandish goals and motivate yourself to achieve something above the common "10% above last years sales," approach.

    Skinner's ideas are clearly presented and successfully motivate the reader to re-attempt the goal approach to superior performance. While I am weary of being told to set goals, I enjoyed testing his hypothesis that setting outlandish goals will generate brainstorming and subconcsious thinking that wil help you reach these new goals. Set a goal to read this book. If nothing else, you will be reminded that goals (as we are always told according to some ancient Yale study)can help you achieve new heights in your career or personal aspirations. ... Read more


    19. Rock Climbing Joshua Tree, 2nd (Regional Rock Climbing Series)
    by Randy Vogel
    list price: $35.00
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    Asin: 0934641307
    Catlog: Book (2000-09)
    Publisher: Falcon
    Sales Rank: 235232
    Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Missing details, but great guide
    This is a very comprehensive guide to Joshua Tree for climbers. It is the book that we always take with us as the defintive reference. Generally, the information is accurate and the maps detailing which rock is which in various formations is quite good.

    However, there are several notable drawbacks to the book. First - the routes often have no description of them or any guidance as to the trad gear needed for a given route. Second, many of the routes for some areas do not appear in the pictures making route finding without a good desription, difficult. Third, descent information is often not found or has to be interpreted.

    It may sound like there are major faults with the book, but in reality it is a good book that is very useful. Just don't expect it to tell you everything you need to know about a given crag.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The best guidebook to Joshua Tree
    If you're looking for the comprehensive catalog to Joshua Tree climbs, look no further. Author Randy Vogel has undertaken a huge task in compiling over 4,000 routes for the Park. The downside is that the route descriptions are very, often too, concise. For example, "Walk on the Wild Side", one of the best moderate climbs in Joshua Tree has the following "description":

    "WALK ON THE WILD SIDE 5.7+ ****".

    For a first-timer, this description lacks the necessary detail to be complete. Is this a bolted or trad route? How many pitches? Do I repell off or walk off? Are there bolted anchors? What gear should I bring?

    I've found that using this book in conjunction with climbingjtree.com (which includes color pictures and user-submitted commentary along with detailed route descriptions and gear suggestions) to be the best of both worlds!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Guide That Set The Standard
    The comprehensive Joshua Tree Guide set a new standard for use of graphics, protection and quality ratings. More maps and photos than any guide ever published. Some of the best maps I've ever used, which is a real plus in an area like this where you could get hopelessly lost. The only minus is no first ascent information.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive
    This thick guidebook has every area covered in Joshua Tree. There are no descriptions of the routes, but you can't expect that with the sheer number covered. Topos of most of the routes show bolts and sometimes gear sizes are included. The protection ratings are not given, i.e. G,PG,R,X. If you want just a basic source with everything in it, get this guide. I'd recommend getting the individual areas covered by Alan Bartlett's series, he has detailed descriptions of the routes for each area covered. ... Read more


    20. The Backpacker's Handbook
    by ChrisTownsend
    list price: $19.95
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    Asin: 0071423206
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-12)
    Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
    Sales Rank: 232511
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    "The most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to equipment and technique available anywhere."—Backpack (UK)

    This enormously practical guide includes everything from essential techniques such as map and compass work to the skills needed for more remote wilderness journeys—such as how to ford rivers safely and how to choose a route through untracked terrain. As a gear advisor, this book is unequaled. You'll find the last word on:

    • How to choose packs and footwear—and make sure they fit
    • What clothing to take on the trail
    • Tents, tarps, stoves, water purifiers, and other gear
    • GPS, cell phones, and other electronic devices
    • And much more

    Now in its third edition, The Backpacker's Handbook also covers desert hiking, ultralight backpacking, and adventure trekking in distant corners of the globe. Indeed, there is little about backpacking Chris Townsend does not cover. This trusted reference will prepare you for the challenges and excitement of backpacking the wilderness.

    "A clear and comprehensive primer on backpacking gear. Townsend's knowledge is immense."—Sierra

    "Belongs in every bookcase dealing with outdoor topics. . . . Chockablock full of useful, practical, commonsense info. . . . If you tramp the outdoors, get this book."—Maine Sportsman

    "For those thinking of taking a backpack journey, The Backpacker's Handbook is required reading."—Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) ... Read more


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