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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Kovar » Wed Dec 02, 2009 12:24 pm

No shortcuts to the top - Viesturs and Roberts (Great read thusfar....about half way through)

Waiting for Halfway to Heaven to be returned to the library.... I'm next on the hold list

Recently finished Dave Roberts book 'On the Ridge Between Life and Death' and I highly recommend it.

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby wesley_j » Wed Dec 02, 2009 4:21 pm

Also, just finished "No Shortcuts to the Top" by Viesturs & Roberts - classic read about the 14 8,000ers. Highly recommend to any fellow mountaineer.

Just started "The White Spider" by Heinrich Harrer - the ascent(s) of the North face of the Eiger. Wow, what a book and what a mountain!
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby David Connolly » Wed Dec 02, 2009 4:33 pm

The Mountaineers Anthology Series. Vol. 1 - Glorious Failures and Vol. 2 Courage and Misfortune. And of course Freedom of the Hills. Not much plot but riveting reading all the same.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby elkheart22 » Wed Dec 02, 2009 4:40 pm

Just about finished with "The Lost Symbol" by Dan Brown.
Lakes below the mountains
Flow into the sea
Like oils applied to canvas,
They permeate through me. --- Jimmy Buffett

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby NickJ » Wed Dec 02, 2009 4:50 pm

Pat Tillman Where Men Win Glory. Author is Jon Krakauer. This is a fantastic book. Krakauer really put some effort into this.

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby steelfrog » Wed Dec 02, 2009 6:10 pm

I disagree. The Krakauer book was a big disappointment, precisely because I like him so much (although Under the Banner of Heaven was an overtly political hack job). He takes heavily from other sources, and there's little original there. And his George bush asides are annoying--not because I like George Bush, but because they are out of place. I also consider Tillman a very interesting character and was looking for something more revealing. Very disappointing. Krakauer should stay with climbing.

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby NickJ » Wed Dec 02, 2009 8:42 pm

Steelfrog: I completely disagree and would urge anyone interested in this book to read it for yourself and draw your own conclusions. Krakauer's sources included Tillman's personal diary and journals, which he was given access to by Tillman's family. He obtained information from Tillman's wife, Marie. He interviewed many other family members and friends. He interviewed people Tillman served with in the Army. He traveled to Afghanistan to perform research for this book. It is a deeply revealing book about Tillman.

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby bad andy » Wed Jan 06, 2010 12:28 pm

Just finished Born To Run by Christopher McDougall and I highly recommend it - a very good read IMHO.
Now I am on to Halfway to Heaven by Mark Obmascik. Have been enjoying the references to some of the forum members.

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Johnson » Wed Jan 06, 2010 12:39 pm

"The Religious Affections" by Jonathan Edwards is my theological reading at the moment but in terms of climbing, my list for this year includes:

Anatoli Boukreev – The Climb

Charles Houston – K2, The Savage Mountain

Jim Wickwire – Addicted to Danger

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby thespoonybard » Wed Jan 06, 2010 12:54 pm

I'm about half way through Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why by Laurence Gonzales. Thus far, AWESOME read and definately highly recommended.

Good section in Chapter 7 about mountaineering (if I remember correctly). I would check to confirm, however, the book is at home and I am, of course, at work being a dedicated, hard-working employee NOT wasting time on
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Bean » Wed Jan 06, 2010 1:04 pm

Just finished Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, highly recommended.

I wanted to read Fight Club next, but I'll be reading the Mechanical Engineering Review Manual for the next 3 months. Boooooooo
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