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21. Rock Climbing: Mastering Basic
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22. Mastering Mountain Bike Skills
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23. How to Rock Climb!, 4th (How To
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24. Red Rocks Climbing: Supertopos
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25. The Boys of Everest: Chris Bonington
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26. How to Climb 5.12, 2nd (How To
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27. Shattered Air: A True Account
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28. Mountaineering: The Freedom of
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29. Annapurna
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30. Strange And Dangerous Dreams:
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31. Climbing Anchors, 2nd (How To
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32. Outdoor Leadership: Technique,
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33. Don Nehlen's Tales from the West
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34. On the Ridge Between Life and
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35. The Avalanche Handbook
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36. Climbing: Training for Peak Performance
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37. Wilderness Medicine, Beyond First
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38. How To Rappel!
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39. Trekking in the Everest Region,
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40. Himalayan Quest: Ed Viesturs on

21. Rock Climbing: Mastering Basic Skills (Mountaineers Outdoor Expert)
by Mountaineers Books
Paperback (March, 2004)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Basic climbing Skills in a clear and accessible format
Craig Luebben's new book represents a huge leap forward in climbing skills manuals.Though many excellent skills manuals exist (including Luebben's past works and the vaunted but unweildy Freedom of the Hills which goes beyond rock climbing into aplinism and mountaineering) this manual really sepetrates itself with its patient explanations and particularly with its photo instructions with added graphics for clarity.Many books of this genre have struggled with the clarity involved with diagramming knots and sysytems and Craig obviously went to great lengths to rectify this issue.The book is organized well and is easy to follow. It is nice to have these smaller manuals which focus on aspecific discipline in the sport. As a climbing guide and instructor I am frequently asked to suggest learning manuals. This one will now be at the top of the list. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Mountaineering    2. Rock climbing    3. Sports    4. Sports & Recreation   


22. Mastering Mountain Bike Skills
by Human Kinetics Publishers
Paperback (13 March, 2005)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Great book for all technical bike skills
This book covers everything in Mountain Biking from selecting a bike, to jumping doubles.The book covers all skills from the basic to the extreme, but it seems to concentrate more on skills needed for riding technical terrain.The techniques in the book are explained very well with photos and diagrams, and it is an entertaining read.Really the only thing lacking in this book is XC training stratagies.However this topic probably deserves a book to itself.

5-0 out of 5 stars great tool for improving your riding
I'm lucky enough to live near some great off road trails - the Avalon area in Maryland. Problem is that I'm an old guy (the bike I had before the Cannondale Prophet I just bought is older than you!) (all right - I'm over 50) and I really like riding trails. So, now I've got a new bike that's a lot more capable than me, I want to get better. The trails I ride are twisty single track with lots of roots, rocks, stream crossings, occassional short downhills with berms on the turns... great stuff. Well, enough about me (it is all about me though isn't it?), but this book was a great help. First, as they say in the book "let the bike roll". When you're perched at the top of a gnarly section it's nice to be able to call up your mantra of "let the bike roll" as you head down into a gully full of rocks, roots, fallen branches etc. The book gives solid advice on skills to learn so that you get the most out of your bike (things like weighting and unweighting). It gives you insight into how to do things like manuals, hops, etc that most riders don't know how to do. (To learn you have to practice but this book really helps get you started). I've really enjoyed the book and read it and try stuff in it practically every day.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Step-by-Step I have read for mountain biking
The combination of experienced authors, supportive facts, and the fashion in which the material is presented makes this book the best way to learn about mountain bike skills.The format is what I like the most. There are clear frame by frame pictures of moves with concise descriptions to go with them.The authors also provide interesting scientific facts about cycling physics. The troubleshooting sections are also helpful.The chapters are all well organized and packed full of helpful and not so obvious information. Any rider can benefit from this book.The book is more than a list of tips (like most other books: outside foot down, look ahead, etc.) It is the best tool that I own for improving my skills next to my bikes. I am a seasoned racer and I am learning so much from this book. Buy it! ... Read more

Subjects:  1. All terrain cycling    2. Cycling    3. Cycling - General    4. Cycling - Mountain Biking    5. Mountain Climbing    6. Sports    7. Sports & Recreation    8. Training    9. Mountain / off-road cycling   


23. How to Rock Climb!, 4th (How To Climb Series)
by Falcon
Paperback (01 November, 2003)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect Book
This book has all of the information that you wished people would have told you over the years.Well written, fun to read, and extremely useful for techincal information.

3-0 out of 5 stars How to Rock Climb!
I'm a beginner at rock climbing and reading this book for instructional purposes. While it does a good job of explaining fundamentals I have found certain sections difficult to follow - often times different moves will be referecned before the section that explains them (sometimes with a referencing page, sometimes without). I also found it poorly edited in some spots - mis-refenced pages, paragraphs seemingly in wrong order (ie. pg 62 claims there is a "taping" illustration on pg 60, it is clearly on pg 63; the last and second to last paragraphs on page 63 seem to be flip flopped).

3-0 out of 5 stars Undeniably classic, yet strangely flawed
This is undeniably one of the major "textbooks" on rock climbing, and contains a great deal of useful information. Yet it has some rather disturbing flaws. Firstly, even though I read the 1998 edition,outdated information from earlier editions had not been updated. At times Ifelt like I was reading a book describing rock climbing in some paralleluniverse: Long refers to brands and items of gear not currently inexistence (what's a Salewa Antz?) and some recommended techniques (tyinginto a trad anchor with the rope rather than with slings or a cordelette)are very rarely, in my experience, used. The text often makes referenceswhich will prove confusing for the beginner, and would benefit from abetter glossary. The 1998 edition also has some sections so full ofmisspellings that they appear to have been written by a quasi-literateperson. In summary, everything in this book is good information, but someof it is not entirely relevant to the way climbing is done today, and someof it is presented in an unclear manner. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Mountaineering    2. Outdoor Skills    3. Rock climbing    4. Sports    5. Sports & Recreation    6. Sports & Recreation / Mountaineering   


24. Red Rocks Climbing: Supertopos
by Supertopo
Paperback (January, 2004)
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Subjects:  1. Guidebooks    2. Hiking    3. Mountaineering    4. Nevada    5. Red Rock Canyon National Conse    6. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area    7. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (Nev.)    8. Rock climbing    9. Sports    10. Sports & Recreation    11. United States - Pacific - Nevada   


25. The Boys of Everest: Chris Bonington and the Tragedy of Climbing's Greatest Generation
by Carroll & Graf
Hardcover (28 October, 2006)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Willis Gets It Right
As an armchair mountain climber (I read these books out of amazement that anyone would ever try these stunts), I have to say that author Willis is at the top of the heap. He not only seems to get what's going on in the heads of extreme mountain climbers, but he knows how to convey it--in gripping prose that is never clicheed. I have some of Willis' anthologies of adventure writing, so I know he is well-read in the genre (and a mountaineer himself). He has clearly absorbed the best of that writing, and turned it into something fresh in his own effort. Paradoxically, for a story that celebrates a bunch of social misfits, the book is full of wisdom about how to live life. This is no ordinary biography. As for the actual climbing passages--good luck putting this book down. I had to force myself not to flip ahead and see who dies next. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Action & Adventure    2. Fiction - General    3. History    4. Mountain Climbing    5. Mountaineering    6. Sports    7. Sports & Recreation    8. Biography & Autobiography / Sports   


26. How to Climb 5.12, 2nd (How To Climb Series)
by Falcon
Paperback (01 September, 2003)
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5-0 out of 5 stars From physiology to phenomenal climbing
This the authoratative text for the advanced climber who wishes to boost his/her skills to the maximum potential.
5-0 out of 5 stars Can't Slow Down
If you're getting into climbing and getting into it fast, there are about five books to get, and this is one. Eric Horst gives a solid overview about how to speed progress and avoid typical mistakes such as overtraining, a common problem that kept me in 5.9 longer than I needed. The progression from grade to grade is more a mental one than a physical one, as my weeklong slothfest followed by a near full number jump in climbing ability will attest. Buy this, Performance Rock Climbing by Dale Goddard, the Heather Sagar book, and as much John Long as you can afford, and you will move more quickly up the ladder. Or, you can lift and jog yourself to death and spend your money on fingerboards, supplements, and other dubious methods, and hang out at your current level for a few more months or years like the other groundlings. Success requires effort; efficient effort requires knowledge. Get some.

5-0 out of 5 stars would be the textbook for How to Climb Better 101
This book is a very thorough, overall guide to training for climbing.It is very helpful for discovering what you need to work on in order to maximize your climbing potential.I didn't realize how ignorant I was about training until I read this book. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Mountaineering    2. Sports    3. Sports & Recreation    4. Sports & Recreation / Mountaineering   


27. Shattered Air: A True Account of Catastrophe and Courage on Yosemite's Half Dome
by Burford Books
Hardcover (25 June, 2005)
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4-0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Strike
As I read this, voraciously, I couldn't help but be reminded of "The Perfect Storm."Mr. Madgic's book works hard not only tell the story, but to give every kind of context: personal, scientific, geographic, etc.The result is that he meets what I suspect was one of his two goals: to give the careful reader as complete a picture of that day's tragedy as possible.He also meets what I assume was his second goal: he tells a damned good story.I get the impression that this was a labor of love, but, to my mind, Mr. Madgic has shown more than enough talent to join the likes of Simon Winchester or Erik Larsen.I hope he tackles another book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly engrossing
I am not a fan of the action-adventure/disaster story, and intially, the word "catastrophe" turned me away from this book.I have been pleasantly surprised.The author develops the characters well enough that we care about their travails.I am glad I already 'made it to the top' before I knew this much about lightning and thunderstorm peculiarities - scary stuff. I recommend this book to hikers and any outdoor enthusiasts.

4-0 out of 5 stars The good news and bad news
I wondered how the author was going to fill up an entire book about an accident that happened, literally, as fast as lightning. Well, the good news and bad news is that he doesn't. The story, of a group of guys getting struck by lightning at the top of Half Dome in Yosimite National Park, takes up only the last few chapters. Normally I hate it when books are written like that, but I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. Most authors would waste a lot of space giving the full background to every major character, but this author shows us what the main characters are like, by telling exiting stories of things they did in their past. And not just random stories, but stories that relate to the final lightning accident and to how they will react to it. The book also, thankfully, lets us know what happens to them years down the road (the event happened in 1985 and the book was written in 2005) so we see how the accident really affected them. It's also nice that there are photos of the main characters, and of the site of the accident. Overall a pretty good book. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Biography And Autobiography    2. California    3. General    4. Half Dome    5. Mountain Climbing    6. Mountaineering    7. Rock climbing accidents    8. Search and rescue operations    9. Sports    10. Sports & Recreation    11. Sports - General    12. Sports & Recreation / General   


28. Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills
by Mountaineers Books
Paperback (September, 2003)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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This updated edition of the mountaineering classic is an essential reference for novices and experts alike. Chapters are devoted to in-depth discussions of outdoors fundamentals; climbing techniques for rock, snow, and ice; safety procedures and emergency response; geology and weather; and appendices for climb ratings and supplementary reading, among other topics. Detailed sections on navigation, ropes, knots, and protection include drawings, diagrams, and maps. Enjoy the freedom of the hills to the fullest with this thorough guide. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars More than just climbing
A great reference book with almost everything you need to know about surving in the outdoors. Oh yeah, and a lot of neat information on climbing.

5-0 out of 5 stars A "must" in mountaineering
Yes, this book can't be missing in anyone's personal library if you are serious when it comes about this kind of sport, it is like the "mountaneering bible", make sure you have more than one.

4-0 out of 5 stars great
This book was a great find, alot of useful information and a great resource.This book is reviewed and updated on a regular basis. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Mountaineering    2. Rock climbing    3. Snow and ice climbing    4. Sports    5. Sports & Recreation   


29. Annapurna
by The Lyons Press
Paperback (01 June, 1997)
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Before Everest, there was Annapurna. Maurice Herzog led an expedition of French climbers to the summit of this 26,000-foot Himalayan peak in 1950. At the time of the assault, it was the highest mountain ever climbed, a remarkable feat in itself made all the more remarkable by the fact that it had never previously been charted. Herzog and his team not only had to climb the darn thing, they had to find the route. As riveting as the tale of the ascent remains nearly half a century later, the story of the descent through virtually unsurvivable--think avalanche and frostbite, for starters--conditions is unforgettable. Herzog's masterful account, finally back in print, is a monument of courage and spirit, an epic adventure excitingly told. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great story, flawed method.
Reading the other reviews of this book, I'm reminded of a quote from one of my favorite, although little known Sean Connery movies, where he plays an Arab pirate.At one point Connery says to his second in command: "It is good.""What is good?", replies the other man."It is good to know where we are going," answers Connery.Alas, Herzog and his men didn't know where they were going, and spent a month wandering around looking.It would have been good to send out an initial recon group to find the mountain before they started out.Or, to paraphrase an english adventurer, "to lose a pack animal is unfortunate; to lose an entire mountain seems downright careless."

4-0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Story of Incredible Human Endurance
Wow! This is one of those real life adventure stories that has you wondering how much more the people can endure before they collapse and die. These guys climbed one of the world's most difficult mountains with old climbing technology. What they lacked in modern equipment, they made up for with strength and fitness. The more I read about mountaineering, the more I agree that it is 75% mental and 25% physical. Being in the best physical condition possible definitely gives you a better opportunity for success on high ground. If you liked this book, I encourage you to read my book "Rocky Mountain Adventure Collection". Best wishes on your adventures in life!

5-0 out of 5 stars Mountaineering Classic
A marvellous book. Remarkably written, griping, and inspiring. A must for all mountaineers. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. 1919-    2. Annapurna    3. Essays & Travelogues    4. General    5. Herzog, Maurice,    6. Mountain Climbing    7. Mountaineering    8. Nepal    9. Sports & Recreation    10. Travel    11. Herzog, Maurice    12. TRAVEL & HOLIDAY    13. Travel / Polar Regions   


30. Strange And Dangerous Dreams: The Fine Line Between Adventure And Madness
by Mountaineers Books
Hardcover (30 September, 2006)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Strange And Dangerous Dreams: The Fine Line Between Adventure And Madness
Being an avid reader of mountaineering literature, both historic and contemporary, I was already familiar with the accomplishments (or lack thereof) of the climbers in this book. However, seen from writer Geoff Powter's perspective, who is both a practicing psychologist and a veteran of many important ascents in North America and the Himalaya, his arguments for inspired madness have breathed new life into what had once seemed all too familiar territory.
5-0 out of 5 stars Those Whom the Gods Grant Vision, Then Make Them Crazy . . . .
A "human desire for heroes of virgin promise" is the foundation that winds through three areas, 1) the burdened (Lewis, Scott, Andree and Crowhurst), 2) the bent (Franklin, Batten and Crowley) and 3) the lost (Corti, Wilson, Denman and three Watermans). This is a frightening and compulsive read that visits your thoughts for a long time.
4-0 out of 5 stars Strange and Dangerous Dreams
Climber and psychiatrist Geoff Powter tells the stories of explorers and climbers, from Meriwether Lewis to Aleister Crowley, who may have suffered from psychological ailments. In many of the cases, the individuals may have been driven to their desperate adventures by their mental and emotional suffering. Powter gives engaging sketches of their lives and addresses the difference between them and the risk-taking mountaineers and explorers who may be labeled 'crazy' by the public, but in fact are entirely sane. He has a relatively good sense of historical mentalities and the contexts in which his subjects lived. In the cases where he suggests clinical diagnoses, they seem sensible (he doesn't accuse anyone of having a random 'death wish') and based on evidence.
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Subjects:  1. Adventurers & Explorers    2. Biography    3. Biography & Autobiography    4. Biography / Autobiography    5. Biography/Autobiography    6. Explorers    7. General    8. Mental Illness    9. Mountaineers    10. Personal Memoirs    11. Travel writing   


31. Climbing Anchors, 2nd (How To Climb Series)
by Falcon
Paperback (01 September, 2006)
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Subjects:  1. Equipment and supplies    2. Mountain Climbing    3. Mountaineering    4. Rock climbing    5. Safety measures    6. Sports    7. Sports & Recreation    8. Sports & Recreation / Mountaineering   


32. Outdoor Leadership: Technique, Common Sense & Self-Confidence
by Mountaineers Books
Paperback (May, 1997)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Any Outdoor Leader needs to read it
I'm an Eagle Scout from troop 572 of Carolina Puerto Rico, and all the leadership skill that I learn during my best time of my life is in that book.3-0 out of 5 stars Maybe Fewer Stars for Corporate Use
I purchased this book for analagous use in a large corporation. It contains many useful insights and guidelines for leadership. Unfortunately, the author's attempt to generalize the definition of the term "pucker factor" is not enough to overcome the term's original anatomical meaning, hence making it questionable for corporate use. This conclusion is based on interpretations of the term from employees I surveyed. A more neutral term like "stress factor" would make it a perfect metaphorical book for use in corporations.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant for Business and Outdoors
No wasted words or soapbox sermons here. I've been leading and following for years and found the concepts in this book to be direct and effective, and, if applied, sure to make a difference in all areas of yourlife--professionally and personally. Some of the concepts are so simple youwill wonder why you haven't already been utilizing them. A quick read and agood value. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. General    2. Leadership    3. Outdoor Skills    4. Outdoor recreation    5. Recreation leadership    6. Sports    7. Sports & Recreation    8. Climbing & mountaineering    9. Personal Growth   


33. Don Nehlen's Tales from the West Virginia Sideline
by Sports Publishing
Hardcover (01 August, 2006)
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Subjects:  1. Football    2. Football - College    3. Football - General    4. Football coaches    5. History    6. Sports    7. Sports & Recreation    8. United States    9. West Virginia Mountaineers (Football Team)    10. West Virginia University    11. Cultural Region/Southeast U.S.    12. Geographic Orientation/West Virginia    13. Nehlen, Don    14. Sports & Recreation / Football    15. Sports & Recreation/History   


34. On the Ridge Between Life and Death: A Climbing Life Reexamined
by Simon & Schuster
Hardcover (23 August, 2005)
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3-0 out of 5 stars For a Few Dollars More....
Like Clint Eastwood's early "spaghetti westerns", Roberts's memoir is a too long, but generally fascinating narrative replete with seemingly numberless dead bodies, and one terribly misused girl, about whom the "hard man" protagonist shows remarkably little feeling.
5-0 out of 5 stars Is it worth the risk
I'm a climber only in the sense that I have paid guides to lead me up big mountains, which in the climbing world doesn't count for much.But I have been cold and afraid in the mountains, enough to appreciate what Roberts is talking about.A few days before what was my biggest climb, I met a young Argentine who would die a few days later on Alpamayo.We heard the news on the radio our Peruvian porters listened to incessantly (yes, I used porters).Something that has always bothered me about real climbers is their attitude toward risk, which is a euphemism for death.The 'hard man' attitude that Roberts discusses is very real.It is just casually accepted that people die climbing, and that it is worth the risk.Roberts's unique honesty allows the reader to see where the hard man comes from.He does it by painting a fairly painfully unflattering portrait of himself.Maybe even more unflattering than he intended.I am not a very hard man, and I found his description of Ed's death on Mt. Huntington and the subsequent telling of his parents almost unbearably sad. As is his description of his disastrous high school love affair.Somehow, Roberts has managed to write a book that conveys the majesty of the grand ranges, and why climbing breeds obsession, without letting the tragedy, of which there is plenty, fade entirely into the background.He has also ruthlessly kept out the various hackneyed sentiments often found in mountaineering books.Not any Mark Twight type hard man preening here, and the brooding is more under control than in Joe Simpson's later books, though I like them as well.But,when the rat is gnawing, and you're wondering whether maybe your planned route is too ambitious, like maybe fatally so, this is not the book to read.Save it for a chair and a warm fire.

5-0 out of 5 stars Inside an Adventurer's Soul
Wow! Having read many climbing narratives and essays, I was expecting more of the same--exciting adventure writing similar to war accounts. David Roberts' newest book has all the first-person nail-biting drama, of course, of putting up world-class routes in frozen wilderness, but the surprise here is the intelligent, unflinching inner dialogue off the mountain. Roberts has seen and experienced high risk, death and deprivation, has lost and gained much from his chosen battles, and has explored the consequences here in an amazingly conscious way. This rare book sheds a great deal of light on the reasons Roberts was drawn away from the safe, tame and mundane 'everydayness' of modern life, even as he fought the demons that drew him away from his quests, even as he became aware of the spreading ripples that emanated from his passion for the climbing life. Undoubtedly these internal struggles rage inside many who try to balance a burning love for earth's wild and dangerous places (climbers, explorers, kayakers, surfers...) against the tidal pull of human relations.
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Subjects:  1. 1943-    2. Biography    3. Biography & Autobiography    4. Biography/Autobiography    5. Mountain Climbing    6. Mountaineering    7. Mountaineers    8. Roberts, David,    9. Sports    10. Sports & Recreation    11. Sports - General    12. United States    13. Sports & Recreation / General   


35. The Avalanche Handbook
by Mountaineers Books
Paperback (October, 1993)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Don't think it couldn't happen to you. Skiers, snowboarders, climbers, and anyone else who travels in the mountains should be aware of the awesome destructive power of avalanches and the conditions that cause them. The Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Too scientific for most, but the best overal resource
If you have a significant interest in Avalanche science and theory, or are going to take an avalanche course this is the book for you.If you are looking to create advanced Avy skills and/or to become an Avy professional though this is the definative resource on Avalanches. It is required reading for most courses (starting with avy 1).
5-0 out of 5 stars A thorough introduction to avalanche theory.
For backcountry enthusiasts with a science background, this book provides a thorough introduction to avalanche theory. The book is divided into chapters which build a solid foundation (weather systems, snow structure)through snowpack basics (snow strength and deformation, snowpack structure)and well into more advanced concepts (snowpack analysis, avalancheprediction, search and rescue, and even control with explosives, etc.) Itis an excellent, if heavy, read and I found it a valuable resource in thedevelopment of an intro avalanche course. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Avalanches    2. Handbooks    3. Handbooks, manuals, etc    4. Hiking    5. Hydrometeorology    6. Mountaineering    7. Natural Disasters    8. Sports    9. Sports & Recreation    10. Geological surface processes (geomorphology)    11. Outdoor survival skills    12. Winter sports   


36. Climbing: Training for Peak Performance (Outdoor Expert)
by Mountaineers Books
Paperback (November, 2002)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Good Information, But Not Great
I initially purchased this book without hesitation upon recognizing Clyde Soles' name and recalling his excellent work as the gear editor for "Rock and Ice."And while he has done an excellent job of amassing a wide variety of information and adjusting it to a climbers needs, none of the material presented is really that original or profound.The bottom line of this books is eat healthy, train both aerobically and anaerobically, and supplement your climbing with strength training.I would reccommend this book for someone new to climbing and looking to set the foundation for good health and climbing.More experienced climbers looking for an additional edge or those with a solid understanding of the principles of health and fitness, however, should look elsewhere.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best training book for all-around climbers available!
There are numerous training books for sport climbers who want to send 5.13 or boulder V12. But this is the only book for everyone else. It's a great resource for alpinists, big wall climbers, weekend 5.8 craggers, and most other outdoor athletes. This takes the training and nutrition chapters in Mark Twight's "Extreme Alpinism" to the next level with far more content and detailed explanations. It offers practical advice and emphasizes time efficiency and having fun for a healty lifestyle. Definitely a good book for almost any climber!

5-0 out of 5 stars What a Great Book
I had been climbing for a while, and wanting to get better.When I started to train with climbing in mind, I really didn't know where to start.So, I did the usual things and felt frustrated.Fortunately I came across this book.It really answers questions, is immensely practical, and is a pleasant read.If you want to climb stronger, get this book. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Mountaineering    2. Rock climbing    3. Sports    4. Sports & Recreation    5. Training    6. Climbing & mountaineering   


37. Wilderness Medicine, Beyond First Aid, 5th Edition
by Globe Pequot
Paperback (01 September, 1999)
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Isbn: 076270490X
Sales Rank: 120588
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars buy this book
Buy it because you are planning that trip where you'll be three days from civilization.
5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect Information for Boondocks Travel or Living!
I actually owned and read a much earlier version- listened to the advice- set up my 'Traveling Medical Kit'- and really appreciated the clear and concise medical information- and NOW- an updatedversion- many new ideas interspersed with time-tested procedures and meds- If you spend any time at all in the 'boondocks'-or just travelin'- You need a copy of this book- >and get copies for your kids too-when they get out on their own! This manual is good, practical and will prove itself in the reading of it- andputting into practice it's wisdom- That Dr Forgey- he's something else!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy read provides accurate and useful medical help
With this book in hand, the novice to the expert can diagnose illness and when possible, provide on site treatment. It is a must for anyone who travels in the wilderness. It is an execellent reference source that is easy to use, and Dr. Forgey provides this information in a manner that anyone can understand. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Allied Health Services - Emergency Medical Services    2. Backpacking injuries    3. Consumer Health    4. Emergency Medicine    5. First Aid    6. First aid in illness and injur    7. First aid in illness and injury    8. Medical    9. Mountaineering injuries    10. Outdoor Skills    11. Sports Medicine    12. Travel / General   


38. How To Rappel!
by FalconGuide
Paperback (May, 2000)
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Isbn: 1560447591
Sales Rank: 370141
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Subjects:  1. Mountaineering    2. Outdoor Skills    3. Rappelling    4. Sports    5. Sports & Recreation   


39. Trekking in the Everest Region, 4th: Nepal Trekking Guides
by Trailblazer Publications
Paperback (01 April, 2003)
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Isbn: 1873756607
Sales Rank: 129103
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars Self absorbed author
For the most part this book is decent.It is made better by the fact that it is almost impossible to get lost on the Everest or Gokyo treks.The author is in love with himself and spends lots of time describing things that have nothing to do with you finding the trail.The maps are hand written and not to scale. If it weren't obvious you might get lost.Unfortunately books like lonely planet focus on all of the Nepal treks and therefore are not as in depth.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide for the Everest trek
I would agree with all previous reviews that this book is a must-have for all trekkers heading to the Everest region.I used it myself quite extensively on my trek there in May 2001, and it was most useful.The only thing I can add is that not only does it have very detailed maps and practical advice for the trekker, but it is also very compact and leightweight, which is very important if you are going to heights of more than 5,000m!The books' binding is sturdy and paper quite thick, which is good for backpacking (it will not fall apart after a week of trekking).I think this book is the best buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Definitively the best book to have on an Everest Trek
Before my trip to Nepal I ended up purchasing almost every english book on Nepal I could find.The Bezruchka book is definitely the bible on Nepal but is very large and doesn't have specifics about the Everest region.This book by Jamie Mc Guinness is very up-to-date and has great trail and village maps which are very accurate.There are suggested itineraries which are very nice but the format is easy to follow on the trail in case you decide to go on your own route.The suggested day hikes for acclimitisation days were very good too. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Asia - General    2. Asia - India    3. Mountaineering    4. Special Interest - Adventure    5. Travel    6. Travel - Foreign    7. ASIA    8. Sports & Recreation / Mountaineering    9. TRAVEL & HOLIDAY   


40. Himalayan Quest: Ed Viesturs on the 8,000-Meter Giants
by National Geographic
Paperback (01 February, 2003)
list price: $20.00 -- our price: $13.60
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Isbn: 0792268849
Sales Rank: 15303
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great insight and pics
If you want to see how one man, one very accomplished man, has handled 8000 meter peaks this book reveals his insight and some amazing pics.For a non-pro camera man, he's really great.

5-0 out of 5 stars Photos from the top of the world
This book contains some of the best Mountaineering photos I have ever seen. It's amazing how Ed Viesturs can climb the world's hightest peaks and still be able to take such amazing photos. Plus there is a short story behind each photo. I have it proudly displayed on my coffee table.

5-0 out of 5 stars Getting to Know a Very Brave Man
This was my first exposure to a brave and very wise man, Ed Viesturs. I received the book autographed, which was a pleasant surprise. The book's revealing look at many aspects of climbing, interwoven with a story line and photos, made for a cohesively pleasant read.
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Subjects:  1. Description and travel    2. Essays & Travelogues    3. Himalaya Mountains    4. Mountaineering    5. Mountaineers    6. Photography    7. Pictorial works    8. Sports    9. Sports & Recreation    10. Subjects & Themes - Travel - World/Asia    11. United States    12. Climbing & mountaineering    13. Himalayas    14. Sports & Recreation / General   


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