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Re: What are you reading?

Postby gdthomas » Tue Jan 08, 2013 11:09 am

Article XVIII, Section 16 of the Colorado Constitution, "Personal use and regulation of marijuana", also known as Amendment 64 - Colorado Marijuana Legalization Initiative. The full text of the law was published yesterday. Not a mountaineering publication but undoubtedly of interest to many mountaineers.

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Johnson » Tue Jan 08, 2013 1:08 pm

Ok. Posted that I was reading this earlier, but The Ledge was excellent. A 'must read'.

http://www.npr.org/2012/12/31/168079373/dec-31-jan-6-a-whodunit-a-mountain-survival-and-a-jfk-affair
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby madbuck » Tue Jan 08, 2013 1:38 pm

Johnson wrote:Ok. Posted that I was reading this earlier, but The Ledge was excellent. A 'must read'.

http://www.npr.org/2012/12/31/168079373/dec-31-jan-6-a-whodunit-a-mountain-survival-and-a-jfk-affair


Yeah, and some good occasional Fort Collins & Colorado references.

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby I fall a lot » Tue Jan 08, 2013 3:03 pm

Jim Davies wrote:"The Signal and the Noise" by Nate Silver. Fascinating discussion of forecasting and prediction in various areas (weather, economics, elections, epidemics, sports). Not to spoil the plot, but it reinforced my impressions of weather forecasts (short-term forecasts have improved markedly in recent years, but anything over 8 days is worse than taking the averages for the date!). Also, economists are really, really bad at predicting the future, but usually don't care because of political bias.


My wife gave this to me for xmas and now I'm more excited to read it. I'm sure his books have been selling through the roof since the election.

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby notallwhowander » Tue Jan 08, 2013 5:42 pm

The latest great read was "A Blistered Kind of Love" by Angela and Duffy Ballard, about their thru-hike of the PCT. I've been on a waiting list for a few months at the library to read "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed. Does anyone know of a memoir of the Colorado Trail (which I'm planning on thru-hiking this summer)?

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby DaveLanders » Tue Jan 08, 2013 7:37 pm

notallwhowander wrote:The latest great read was "A Blistered Kind of Love" by Angela and Duffy Ballard, about their thru-hike of the PCT. I've been on a waiting list for a few months at the library to read "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed. Does anyone know of a memoir of the Colorado Trail (which I'm planning on thru-hiking this summer)?
M. John Fayhee (editor of the Mountain Gazette) wrote a book about hiking the
Colorado Trail. He's a good (and funny) writer. The book is about 20 years old, and may not be in
print anymore. I'm not sure of the title.

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby MountainMedic » Wed Jan 09, 2013 2:19 am

I finally got to Infinite Jest, which may be the most brilliant thing ever written. Here are a few samples to serve as potent motivators to read all 1050 pages (150 of which are footnotes, some of which have footnotes):

"What Mario perceived as a sudden radical drop in the prevailing temperature was in fact the USS Millicent Kent's sexual stimulation sucking tremendous quantities of ambient energy out of the air surrounding them."

"...the Militant Grammarians of Massachusetts, ever since a bramble in the flank of advertisers, corporations, and all fast-and-loose players with the integrity of public discourse."

It ranges from fun sentences like these to the philosophical. Read it only if you're patient and have a month to put up with it - reading it's the mental equivalent of climbing a highly technical mountain covered with ice in 60 mph winds.

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby susanjoypaul » Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:13 am

I got Mountain Heroes: Portraits of Adventure for Christmas, and am looking forward to reading it.

So far, I'm just enjoying all the great photos, like this classic shot of Fred Beckey:

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby nicholasblee » Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:29 am

DaveLanders wrote:M. John Fayhee (editor of the Mountain Gazette) wrote a book about hiking the
Colorado Trail. He's a good (and funny) writer. The book is about 20 years old, and may not be in
print anymore. I'm not sure of the title.


I'm assuming it's this one? Looks good.

Along the Colorado Trail

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Jim Davies » Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:10 am

notallwhowander wrote:Does anyone know of a memoir of the Colorado Trail (which I'm planning on thru-hiking this summer)?

This book is the story of a family hiking the Continental Divide Trail, but includes a section on hiking the Colorado Trail.
http://www.amazon.com/Scraping-Heaven-Familys-Journey-Continental/dp/0071373608
Kind of rough writing, but interesting if you're considering backpacking with toddlers.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby DaveLanders » Wed Jan 09, 2013 7:45 pm

nicholasblee wrote:
DaveLanders wrote:M. John Fayhee (editor of the Mountain Gazette) wrote a book about hiking the
Colorado Trail. He's a good (and funny) writer. The book is about 20 years old, and may not be in
print anymore. I'm not sure of the title.


I'm assuming it's this one? Looks good.

Along the Colorado Trail
Yes, that's the book. For some reason Fielder is listed as first author, even though
Fayhee wrote most or all of it. There are a lot of Fielder's photos though, which are always good.

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Vincopotamus » Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:06 pm

DaveLanders wrote:
nicholasblee wrote:
DaveLanders wrote:M. John Fayhee (editor of the Mountain Gazette) wrote a book about hiking the
Colorado Trail. He's a good (and funny) writer. The book is about 20 years old, and may not be in
print anymore. I'm not sure of the title.


I'm assuming it's this one? Looks good.

Along the Colorado Trail
Yes, that's the book. For some reason Fielder is listed as first author, even though
Fayhee wrote most or all of it. There are a lot of Fielder's photos though, which are always good.


+1
Nothing else has made me want to hike the CT more than that book.

I'm a big Fayhee fan. He published a book of his "Greatest Hits" from the Mountain Gazette which had a well written piece about how to describe one climbs/hikes/goes up fourteeners.
Because I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me!

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