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I Chose To Climb

Author : Chris Bonington
ISBN : 9781780226941
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The early climbing years of Britain's greatest living mountaineer, from his schooldays to his ascent of the Eiger in 1962. I CHOSE TO CLIMB, first published in 1966, was Chris Bonington's first book. He was recognised then, as now, as one of the outstanding members of a brilliant generation of mountaineers, which included such personalities as Hamish MacInnes, Don Whillans and Ian Clough. Here he describes his climbing beginnings as a teenager as well as successful ascents all over the world: the first ascent of the Central Pillar of Freney, the first British ascent of the North Face of the Eiger in 1962, Annapurna II in 1960 and in an unhappy expedition in 1961, Nuptse, the third peak of Everest. The first volume of Chris Bonington's autobiography is written with a warmth and enthusiasm that he has made his own. It tells of his climbing tastes and practice, and of family, friends and partnerships cemented over many years.

Unjustifiable Risk

Author : Simon Thompson
ISBN : 9781849656993
Genre : Travel
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To the impartial observer Britain does not appear to have any mountains. Yet the British invented the sport of mountain climbing and for two periods in history British climbers led the world in the pursuit of this beautiful and dangerous obsession. Unjustifiable Risk is the story of the social, economic and cultural conditions that gave rise to the sport, and the achievements and motives of the scientists and poets, parsons and anarchists, villains and judges, ascetics and drunks that have shaped its development over the past two hundred years. The history of climbing inevitably reflects the wider changes that have occurred in British society, including class, gender, nationalism and war, but the sport has also contributed to changing social attitudes to nature and beauty, heroism and death. Over the years, increasing wealth, leisure and mobility have gradually transformed climbing from an activity undertaken by an eccentric and privileged minority into a sub-division of the leisure and tourist industry, while competition, improved technology and information, and increasing specialisation have helped to create climbs of unimaginable difficulty at the leading edge of the sport. But while much has changed, even more has remained the same. Today's climbers would be instantly recognisable to their Victorian predecessors, with their desire to escape from the crowded complexity of urban society and willingness to take "unjustifiable" risk in pursuit of beauty, adventure and self-fulfilment. Unjustifiable Risk was shortlisted for the Boardman Tasker prize in 2011.

The Everest Years

Author : Chris Bonington
ISBN : 9781911342465
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Sir Chris Bonington is a household name as a result of his distinguished mountaineering career during which he has lead pioneering expeditions to the summits of some of the most stunning mountains in the world. The Everest Years shares the story of his relationship with the highest and most sought-after peak on the planet, Everest, and his ultimate fulfilment upon finally summiting in 1985 at age fifty. Bonington chronicles four expeditions to the Himalaya and Everest, including the 1975 South-West Face expedition on which he was leader and on which Doug Scott and Dougal Haston became the first Britons to summit the mountain. Bonington also recounts expeditions to K2 and The Ogre (Baintha Brakk) in the Karakoram, and Kongur, in China, describing passionately each attempt: the logistics, glory, and tragedy, seeking to explain his perpetual fascination with the highest points on earth, despite repeatedly enduring the trauma of losing friends, and often placing huge responsibility upon anxious loved ones left at home. The Everest Years reveals Bonington’s love and appreciation for his ever-supportive wife Wendy, the loyal Sherpas, the companions sharing his mountain memories including Doug Scott, Dougal Haston, Peter Boardman, Joe Tasker and Mo Anthoine, and of course the glorious peaks of the Himalaya and Karakoram mountain ranges. Following I Chose to Climb and The Next Horizon, this final instalment of Bonington’s autobiography will take you through a huge spectrum of brutally honest emotions and majestic landscapes.

Weeping Under This Same Moon

Author : Jana Laiz
ISBN : 9780981491004
Genre : Fiction
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Hannah, a seventeen-year-old social outcast, befriends Mei and her siblings, recent refugees from the Vietnam War, and helps them become accustomed to living in America.

The Naked Mountaineer

Author : Stephen C. Sieberson
ISBN : 9780803286535
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The Naked Mountaineer recounts a series of solo journeys to some of the world’s most exotic peaks in places such as Switzerland, Japan, and Borneo. However, it is far from the typical heroic mountain-expedition book. Although Steve Sieberson did reach many summits, in most cases his travels were more memorable for what he encountered along the way than for the actual climbing. His real adventures involved peculiar people, strange foods, and tropical diseases, rather than pitons, ice axes, and carabiners. On the Matterhorn he met an English alpinist who reveled in naked selfies, he stumbled into a cockfight in a Balinese village, and on a volcano in Italy he was mistaken for a famous singer by an insistent fan. The Naked Mountaineer offers mountain-themed travel stories with a wide-eyed view of the world, while presenting irreverent commentary on climbers and their peculiar sport. These are rollicking tales, filled with the unexpected.

Candlelights And Bedtime Stories

Author : Steven Michael
ISBN : 1419618067
Genre : Fiction
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From fantasy to reality as Steven Michael's enchanting collection of fifteen stories for kids of all ages takes you on a journey you will not soon forget. Kids of all ages will thrill to the mystical ghost town, festive pumpkin eaters, and flying backpack, which all coexist right along with road trips, Halloween and new ways of traveling to school. Can miniature pumpkin eaters convince a boy to rethink his dislike to eating all kinds of pumpkin? Can a magical barn capture time? It's up to you-and your imagination-to find out. In "Old Man Chester's Gold," a treasure hunt for lost shiny gold deblumes leads to discovery of a terrifying fate rather than riches. In "A Pond of Secrets," two friends find a secret pond where a hairy fish teaches them how it feels to be caught for dinner. And in "The Island of the Bermuda Triangle," a son finds that his love for his father rescues them from the clutches of the Bermuda Triangle. Thrilling, eye opening and creatively imaginative, these are a few of the amazing bedtime stories you are about to encounter. From the first story right up to the shocking chapter finale that will leave you spellbound. Are you ready for a journey like no other book has ever been able to capture?

Lycra Lattes And The Long Way Round

Author : Mark Krieger
ISBN : 9781456806231
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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As I drew closer to the town of Pont-de- Vaux... I found myself thinking of some of the places Id passed through. There were so many tiny hamlets, villages and larger towns, some vibrant and fine-looking, others lifeless, run down and in dire need of repair. Then there were, of course, the countless numbers of French people who had helped me piece together the jigsaw of roads along my way. The places I was riding through werent quite the same, but there was that unmistakable pungent smell of agriculture in the air and the sight of fat cows chomping lazily on mouthfuls of grass. It was vastly different from the Hautes-Alps and the bustling stretch of Mediterranean coast, but full of its own charm and character nonetheless. Beginning with the idea of tackling some of Europes most formidable mountains on his road bike, Mark Krieger, along with his wife Roz, started his journey around France - from the medieval town of Langres - and instantly fell in love with the country. Known for its history, culture, fine cuisine and above all, its cycling, it became the perfect setting for a Tour of a lifetime.

Sutras Of The Inner Teacher

Author : Martin Jerry
ISBN : 1588320294
Genre : Philosophy
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The Yoga of the Centre of Consciousness describes the awakening and practices of the inner teacher. As a physician-scientist and a clinical psychologist, the authors are initiates in the Himalayan Tradition of Yoga and students of the late Swami Rama.

Cleared To Climb

Author : Charles Roy Mcconnell
ISBN : 9781477274316
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"Cleared To Climb" is the story of a man who, as long as he could remember, harbored a desire to be a pilot. It is the story of a desire fulfilled as he becomes a military flight instructor, airline pilot, and manager of the aviation department of a large corporation, the Halliburton Company. At Halliburton, he would eventually work directly for the man who later would become Vice-President of the United States, Dick Cheney. This book chronicles the events of a forty-one year career as a pilot.

Flying Lessons

Author : Joan Grady-Fitchett
ISBN : 9781466838796
Genre : Self-Help
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Like William Styron's Darkness Visible, Flying Lessons: On the Wings of Parkinson's Disease is a chronicle of the human spirit, an inspiring tale of life lived to the fullest. When Joan Grady-Fitchett was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, her doctor explained that this degenerative brain disorder would slowly steal her ability to walk, to speak clearly, and to care for herself, ultimately imprisoning her in a body she could no longer control. Rejecting this prognosis, Grady-Fitchett determined to live as she always had--full speed ahead. She'd been a professional model, then one of Florida's most successful commercial real estate brokers, and soon after her diagnosis she bought and renovated an isolated farm in North Carolina. Joan Grady-Fitchett participated in experimental drug programs that searched for medications that would alleviate Parkinson's symptoms with few side effects. She enrolled in a high-tech, experimental surgical program. And, somewhat to her own amazement, she fell in love with and married the man who is now her fourth husband. In tragedy and triumph, Joan Grady-Fitchett has been sustained by a strong spiritual outlook and a deep appreciation of the natural world. In Flying Lessons, Grady-Fitchett shares with the reader the strength of her soul and the power of her courage. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

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