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Re: What are you reading?

Postby greenhorn1 » Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:09 am

Hungry Jack wrote:Just finished (very quickly) "Slaying the Badger", which is a riveting account of Greg LeMond's victory over Bernard Hinault in the 1986 Tour de France. It is a fascinating tale of competition, sports psychology, intrigue, and LeMond crapping himself in a particularly brutal bout of food poisoning in the midst of a stage.

Even if you aren't gonzo about cycling, this book is a very good read. Hinault was a great champion and a complex man--a real one of a kind. And LeMond should be recognized as the greatest American cyclist ever for what he did sans drugs and under enormous psychological pressure, bad luck (pay attention to what happens to me during each of his 2 individual time trials during the 1986 Tour), and ouvert resistance from the French. A great story all around.

Sounds like a good one to check out. I've seen bikers crap their pants before in a race although I've never noticed it while watching the Tour de France on TV.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Jim Davies » Wed Apr 17, 2013 2:17 pm

I just finished Almost Somewhere: Twenty-Eight Days on the John Muir Trail by Suzanne Roberts. When I first spotted this on the shelf at the library, I assumed it was going to be a weak clone of "Wild", another in the growing "woman writes memoir of thru-hiking in California in the 90's" genre. Instead, I found myself liking it more than "Wild". Roberts' story is well-written, interesting, and not as full of self-pity as Strayed's best-seller. Much of the book is about her relationship with her two female partners, one a bit bossy, the other a hoping-to-recover bulimic. Interactions with others on the trail is a constant theme, especially the subtle competition the women seem to be always waging whenever a good-looking guy hangs around with them. Overall, a good, quick read about a youthful adventure with friends.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby njlinderer » Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:47 pm

Perhaps this was already recommended but I just finished "Empire of the Summer Moon" by SC Gwynne. It's about the Comanche Indians and what happened when they met the westward expansion. Blew my mind how formidable the Comanche warriors on horseback were...true bad*sses. And some great under-told history as well.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby bking14ers » Thu Apr 18, 2013 4:17 pm

I'm reading Hiking Through: Finding Peace and Freedom on the Appalachian Trail, by Paul V. Stutzman. Excellent book. The author's wife passed away from breast cancer. So he quit his job to "find himself" if you will, and hiked the entire trail, all 2,176 miles of it. I wonder how many 14er climbers are doing the same thing? Turns out I work with a guy who know's the author's dad. What a small world.

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby mtnfiend » Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:05 pm

Sorry, not climbing or mountain related, but I'm rereading "An Empire of Wealth" by John Steele Gordon. It's the history of the american economy. The book begins in the 1400's and ends in the late 1980's. Definitely puts the current economic and political atmosphere in excellent perspective.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby zdero1 » Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:40 pm

I'm reading this thread.

That's probably been said on this thread already but Don't care to look all the way back :P

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby klinger » Sat Apr 20, 2013 12:12 pm


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Re: What are you reading?

Postby geojed » Sat Apr 20, 2013 5:10 pm

OH YEAH! Just came in the mail today. This is my kind of page turner! 8)
• It's by getting away from life that we can see it most clearly... It's by depriving ourselves of the myriad of everyday experiences that we renew our appreciation for them...I've learned from my experiences in the mountains that I love life. — Dave Johnston
• Mountains are not climbed merely to reach a geographical location — but as personal and spiritual challenges to the participants. — David Stein
• The best climber in the world is the one who’s having the most fun.— Alex Lowe
• Why do I climb the mountain? Because I'm in love! — The Captain

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Alpineair » Sat May 04, 2013 6:31 am

Psychovertical, by Andy Kirkpatrick. Recommended by DaveSwink. I really enjoyed this and it's no wonder it won the Boardman-Tasker Award. The follow up, Cold Wars, was not as good but still an interesting read.

Colorado's Sangre de Cristo Mountains by Tom Wolf. Excellent reading if you, like me, are trying to figure out some of the history of this area. He didn't go into the Bacca Land Grants as much as I would have liked but he covers a lot ground. Good mix of science and history.

Does anyone know of other titles that cover the Sangre's?
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby San Juan Ron » Sat May 04, 2013 6:53 am

Finally, Centennial by James Michener. I know, it's 40 years old, but it is interesting. SJ Ron :)

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Hungry Jack » Mon May 06, 2013 6:12 am

klinger wrote:Image

New father? I Am familiar with that that title too. Little Hungry has been enjoying The Lorax lately, though I am not sure he fully grasps the significance of it quite yet. He's not quite 3.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Kent McLemore » Mon May 06, 2013 8:42 am

Sacred Summits: John Muir's Greatest Climbs; edited by Graham White.
John Muir was this country's most accomplished mountaineer for the latter part of the 19th century.
Numerous FA's to his credit, most of them solo.
He was into ultralight backpacking 100 years before the term was coined.
He was tough as a cob.


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