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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Zenn » Sat Sep 08, 2012 4:19 am

Currently reading "Shantaram" by Gregory David Roberts: So very good.

Other good reads:
Ishamael
The Story of B
Deep Survival: Who lives, who dies and why (awesome)
Tao Te Ching
365 Taoist Meditations (awesome)
Colorado (14er) Disasters
and at random, the DSM IV

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Point North » Sat Sep 08, 2012 10:31 am

Reading a great book about young guys and gals who climb the tallest redwoods (and have sex in them).

http://www.amazon.com/Wild-Trees-Story-Passion-Daring/dp/0812975596/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1345554148&sr=1-3&keywords=redwoods

The book also takes a look at the fascinating science of redwood trees and their environment.

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Brian Thomas » Sat Sep 15, 2012 4:25 pm

Because I need to do more research on stupid British bands nobody listens to:
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With my right ankle in an air splint for the next month and no hiking, will probably be doing a lot more reading on the weekends. The Denver Public Library is your friend =D>
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Brian Thomas » Tue Oct 23, 2012 8:45 pm

Just finished "Three Dog Nightmare" by Chuck Negron
http://www.amazon.com/Three-Dog-Nightmare-Chuck-Negron/dp/1580630405
And "Brian Jones: The Inside Story of the Original Rolling Stone"
http://www.amazon.com/Brian-Jones-Inside-Original-Rolling/dp/0399130616
And currently in the middle of Vince Neil's "Tattoos And Tequila"
http://www.amazon.com/Tattoos-Tequila-Rocks-Notorious-Frontmen/dp/0446548049
All of which are available at the Denver Public Library.

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby SurfNTurf » Tue Oct 23, 2012 9:07 pm

Brian Thomas wrote:
TeeVee is dumb. TeeVee is for retards. Read more books \:D/


I'd be inclined to agree, but what you're reading doesn't count as "books." Try "the drug-fueled rantings of rock stars ghost-written by hacks." :yawn:
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby jsdratm » Tue Oct 23, 2012 9:13 pm

I just finished "Eiger Dreams" by Jon Krakauer, which has a great set of articles that he wrote for various publications. One is a horrifying account of the conditions on Denali, describing the terrible blizzards that descend on the upper camps. Another is an account of his climb of the Devil's Thumb in Canada and how it changed his perspective on climbing.

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby ballackout » Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:17 pm

First of all, this thread is dope. I picked up "Ultimate High" by Goran Kropp based on a suggestion here and it was awesome. That guy has some great stories (and is f'n crazy).

Anyway, I just finished reading "A Walk in the Sky" by Nicholas Clinch. It is about the first successful ascent of Hidden Peak (which was by an American expedition). Clinch wrote the book several years after the expedition but he tells an incredibly vivid and detailed story about their [essentially] flawless expedition.

Right now I'm reading "Annapurna", which is about the first successful ascent of an 8000m peak. It is by Maurice Herzog, but he had to dictate it to
someone due to losing his fingers to frostbite on the title climb. Im only 50 pages in but so far so good...

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby rking007 » Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:40 pm

ballackout wrote:First of all, this thread is dope. I picked up "Ultimate High" by Goran Kropp based on a suggestion here and it was awesome. That guy has some great stories (and is f'n crazy).

Anyway, I just finished reading "A Walk in the Sky" by Nicholas Clinch. It is about the first successful ascent of Hidden Peak (which was by an American expedition). Clinch wrote the book several years after the expedition but he tells an incredibly vivid and detailed story about their [essentially] flawless expedition.

Right now I'm reading "Annapurna", which is about the first successful ascent of an 8000m peak. It is by Maurice Herzog, but he had to dictate it to
someone due to losing his fingers to frostbite on the title climb. Im only 50 pages in but so far so good...


Isn't that guy nuts!? It's too bad he died because you can be sure he would have given a ton more great stories of his burly adventures.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Tory Wells » Wed Oct 24, 2012 12:11 am

'Eat & Run' by ultramarathon champion and vegan Scott Jurek. It's his biography and cookbook wrapped up in one really good read.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby DaveSwink » Wed Oct 24, 2012 12:50 am

Tory Wells wrote:'Eat & Run' by ultramarathon champion and vegan Scott Jurek. It's his biography and cookbook wrapped up in one really good read.


I just finished this book too. Scott writes with a warm, personal style and the book is full of insights into running hard and vegetarian/vegan eating.

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby TallGrass » Wed Oct 24, 2012 2:40 am

Just a small prop for public libraries. Suits me as I'm not likely to buy and read a book multiple times, and or those whose "book money" is dibbed for textbooks or gear. Local example for me: Eighth edition of Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills? "Available. Would you like it sent to the branch nearest you?" Sweet! True, that book some may like to buy as reference, but I'm sure each has their own example of one-time-reads. Even if your local one doesn't have a title, ask about Inter-Library Loan. I picked one up recommended here via I-L.L. that came from, of all places, a theological seminary's collection. :shock: You can also search for books via http://www.worldcat.org/.
Not sure if I'll do more 14ers. The trip reports are too tiring. :wink:

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby jblyth » Wed Oct 24, 2012 9:21 am

+ 1 on the public libraries, great resource that many don't take advantage of.

I spent some time traveling last year and was reading a lot (not much else to do on trains, buses, sitting around), somewhere around 200 books throughout my trip. Many were from book exchanges at hostels or from fellow travelers, others were books that I've wanted to read for years and never got around to.

One of the books I read was Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. Thought I would put a plug in for this book since I see they have now made it into a movie. This was my favorite read of the trip and one of the best books I've ever read. It's a very unique book that I couldn't put down, and I highly recommend reading it before Hollywood destroys it on the big screen :-D

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