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post #16 of (permalink) Old 10-23-2012, 09:29 AM
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quote:Originally posted by thecamel

quote:Annapurna, by Maurice Herzog. Epic.
...epically boring....well at least the first 100 or so "approach notes" are a little tedious. The last bit is good stuff.

Addicted to Danger by the Wick is one of my fav's.

While the story of Into Thin Air is gripping, I don't particularly like Krakauer's prolific and lengthy descriptive prose. Tough to teach to a tenth grade class.

Just my opinions.
Agree about Jon Krakauer's style of writing. "The Climb" by Anatoli Boukreev is a good first hand account of the '96 tragedy and gives a bit more insight into what happened that day.

"The Boys of Everest" by Chris Bonnington is a good read.
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post #17 of (permalink) Old 10-23-2012, 10:32 AM
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In a different but related gear:

Anything by Jack London or Henry David Thoreau.

I'd love to recommend "A Passion for Mountains: The Lives of Don and Phyllis Munday" by Kathryn Bridge but it is really, really dry. She gets right into the minutia of the climbs rather than elaborating on the highlights.
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post #18 of (permalink) Old 10-23-2012, 11:17 AM
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Two books I highly recommend:
1. A Passion for Mountains "The lives of Don and Phyllis Munday", for a local perspective on mountaineering.

2."Breaking Trail A Climbing Life" by Arlene Blum. A good read and highly recommended for all but especially for female members of Clubtread. Springbow I think you would really appreciate this book.
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post #19 of (permalink) Old 10-23-2012, 12:39 PM
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I'll second the recommendations for McDonald, Wickwire, Simpson, Bonnington and the Canadian anthology, plus a few more of my most favourite:

"Enduring Patagonia" Gregory Crouch

"The Mountains of My Life" Walter Bonatti

"Conquistadors of the Useless" Lionel Terray

"Beyond the Mountain" Steve House

"The Mountain of My Fear/Deborah" David Roberts

"Nanga Parbat Pilgrimage" Hermann Buhl

"Starlight and Storm" Gaston Rebuffat

"The White Spider" Heinrich Harrer

"The Unknown Mountain" Don Munday
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post #20 of (permalink) Old 10-23-2012, 12:56 PM
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Great thread, it is trending sharply toward reading season for me and there are lots here I haven't read.

My addition:

"Touching My Father's Soul: A Sherpa's Journey to the Top of Everest", Jamling Tenzing Norgay

The author is the son of Tenzing Norgay, the Sherpa who first reached the summit with Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953 and blends the history of those first climbs and his fathers life with his own account of the events of 1996 (Krakauer's "Into Thin Air")from his perspective as a member of a different party. Good story, reasonably well written.

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post #21 of (permalink) Old 10-23-2012, 05:48 PM
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No Shortcuts to the Top by Ed Viesturs is an awesome read too as is Mixed Emotions by Greg Child
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post #22 of (permalink) Old 10-23-2012, 05:51 PM
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"The Mountains of My Life" Walter Bonatti

"Nanga Parbat Pilgrimage" Hermann Buhl

This is what its all about, makes Joes little crawl look like a walk in the park.

I read those two books all the time!!
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post #23 of (permalink) Old 11-08-2012, 07:01 AM
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An article on the "best mountain book ever written."

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post #24 of (permalink) Old 11-08-2012, 07:48 AM
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Alone to Everest by Earl Denman, 1947. Qwerky for sure, true account an early bare-bones attempt at Everest by Denman, an obsessed Canadian, with elements of a spy novel. Also features a novice Sherpa named Tenzing Norgay!
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post #25 of (permalink) Old 11-08-2012, 12:49 PM
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Some more women mountaineering reads:
A Woman's Reach. Mountaineering Memoirs. By Nea Morin, With a Foreword By Eric Shipton. 1968
Annapurna - A Woman's Place. By Arlene Blum. With a foreword by Maurice Herzog. 1984
Climbing days. By Dorothy Pilley. 1935
Clouds from both sides. By Julie Tullis. 1987
Give me the hills. By Miriam Underhill. 1956

And early BC mountaineering:
In the western mountains : early mountaineering in British Columbia. Compiled and edited by Susan Leslie. 1980
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