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Re: Good Books

Postby WingLady » Thu Oct 07, 2010 3:41 pm

New autobiography by Charlie Winger with stories from over 35 years of mountaineering and peak-bagging:

Two Shadows
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Re: Good Books

Postby tigerlilly » Fri Oct 08, 2010 1:09 pm

WingLady, did you read Two Shadows? If so, how was it?
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Re: Good Books

Postby WingLady » Fri Oct 08, 2010 2:52 pm

tigerlilly wrote:WingLady, did you read Two Shadows? If so, how was it?

Disclosure: I'm married to the author of Two Shadows.

Yes, I not only read it, I did the copy editing, proofreading, layout, and design. I think it's an excellent book, but obviously I have a strong bias!

There are a couple of reviews of it on Amazon already, so I'll leave it to others to comment...
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Re: Good Books

Postby RickF » Mon Oct 11, 2010 4:29 am

I've read and enjoyed many of the titles mentioned in this thread:
The Climb, Anotoli Boukreev
Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortenson
No Shortcuts to the Top, Ed Viesturs
Addicted to Danger, Jim Wickwire
On the Ridge between Life & Death, David Roberts
Left for Dead, Beck Weathers
Touching the Void, Joe Simpson
Annapurna, Maurice Herzog
Into Thin Air, Dave Krakauer

Here are few that I didn't see mentioned (maybe it's my California bias)
Norman Clyde - Legendary Mountaineer of California's Sierra Nevada, Robert Pavlik
Climbing Free, Lynn Hill
The Last Season, Eric Blehm
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Postby fossana » Mon Oct 11, 2010 5:01 am

Neophiteat48 wrote:The Long Walk looks like a must.

How about "Missing in the Minarets, The Search for Walter A. Starr"
Problem is the price of the book. Would anybody want to let me borrow it? Please?


Call Spellbinder in Bishop. They said they just got new copies in.
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Re: Good Books

Postby tigerlilly » Mon Oct 11, 2010 1:53 pm

I tried reading Catch 22 - couldn't get into it. :-(
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Re: Good Books

Postby NW » Mon Oct 11, 2010 2:25 pm

I'm in the middle of a book by Sir Edmund Hillary and Desmond Doig called 'High In The Thin Cold Air', published in 1962. The first part is by Desmond Doig and it's about a part of the trip that they spent trying to find out if Yeti were real or just fantasy. The second is by Hillary and is more about the research element of the trip trying to see the physiological effects of life above 19000ft and if man can adapt to life even higher. So far I like the book, it gives an interesting look into the culture and lives of the people in the Khumbu area at the time. I'm just getting into the 2nd half dealing with their findings on high altitude living and their attempt on Makalu. The first mountaineering book I read was 'Touching The Void'. After that I couldn't get enough! Though my collection of books has alot of ones about people who became obsessed (and sometimes rather deranged) about living in the Northern extremities of Canada. Seems like people can get bit just as bad with that bug as they can with the mountain bug. Conveniently though there are mountains up above the arctic circle to so that sounds like the best of both worlds to me!
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Re: Good Books

Postby Marmaduke » Thu Dec 23, 2010 3:00 am

Just finished "Below Another Sky' by Ridgeway. Excellant! Not as much of the technical hiking stuff in it as most of the books.
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Re: Good Books

Postby Norman » Fri Mar 04, 2011 4:25 am

Royal Robbins "My Life" Voume II is out , "Fail Falling". It covers his climbing from 1950 to 1957. Includes his first ascent of Half Dome in 1957. Gives some details about his non-climbing life, including working in the bookkeeping department at a bank. Any way, a good read.
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Re: Good Books

Postby jpsmyth » Fri Mar 04, 2011 5:18 pm

I really enjoyed Beyond the Mountain by Steve House. Highly recommend it.
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Re: Good Books

Postby TimB » Fri Mar 04, 2011 7:32 pm

jpsmyth wrote:I really enjoyed Beyond the Mountain by Steve House. Highly recommend it.


+1
I just finished reading "Beyond the Mountain", for the second time.
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Re: Good Books

Postby oldsnowy » Sat Mar 05, 2011 12:37 am

I recently came across some interesting climbing/mountaineering fiction. There is "The Ascent" by Ronald Malfi. Also "The Fall" by Simon Mawer. Both were pretty good reads.
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Re: Good Books

Postby 4corners » Sat Mar 05, 2011 5:55 pm

Thumbs up on all Craig Childs books, as well as Greg Child books. Confusing, but both are pretty good. Just finished The Lost City of Z by David Grann, which is about Percy Fawcett (one of the last British explorers, you know, the kind with attitude and a pith helmet) and his obsession with a lost city of gold in the Amazon.
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Re: Good Books

Postby Marmaduke » Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:35 pm

Fatal Mountaineer; I've read reviews on this book and they are all pretty good. But I'm on page 77 and I think Roper rips on Roskelley on about every page. Does he do this for all 300+ pages? I've read other books and he comes across very self-centered, arrogant, an asshole. Even reading his own books, he comes off that way. But the author Roper, of this book sounds like a whiney kid who got picked on by Roskelley as a youth and now he's getting revenge.

So, is the entire book like that?
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