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Re: What are you reading?

Postby aaronmojica » Fri Jan 20, 2012 6:14 am

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Samajax » Fri Jan 20, 2012 6:49 am

I read posts from 14er.com while I'm at work and start counting the days until our summer climbs. The recent "odd snow year" reports from Capitol and Pyramid had me right up there with them, thanks.

As far as books go, I'm just about finished slogging my way through Infinite Jest/David Foster Wallace.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby DeucesWild » Fri Jan 20, 2012 8:25 am

"How to win friends and influence people" by Dale Carnegie.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby sunny1 » Fri Jan 20, 2012 11:17 am

DeucesWild wrote:"How to win friends and influence people" by Dale Carnegie.


:lol:

How's that working out for ya, Deuce?
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby DeucesWild » Fri Jan 20, 2012 12:42 pm

sunny1 wrote:
DeucesWild wrote:"How to win friends and influence people" by Dale Carnegie.


:lol:

How's that working out for ya, Deuce?


So far, I'm only through Chapter 1! To be honest, it seems like a bunch of horse apples (to use an expression from the ancient times this book was written) to me.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby JROSKA » Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:29 pm

I don't know if anyone has mentioned this one, but I'm reading "The Summit - Faith Beyond the Death Zone" by Eric Alexander. Great book by a local and world renowned climber. I'm setting a record for fastest time reading a book.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby cwm191 » Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:02 pm

14erFred wrote:"Into the Silence," by Wade Davis -- it's a brilliant, spell-binding, in-depth analysis of the British expeditions to Everest during the 1920s, filled with historical intrigue, psychological insights, and little-known mountaineering facts. I can't put it down and wish it would never end. It's an awesome book, and I highly recommend it.


100% agree! Easily the most deeply researched and emotive "mountain" book I've ever read. It's one of my new favorite adventure books. Now, I'm almost done reading The Operators by Michael Hastings about General McChrystal and his shenanigans in Afghanistan.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Jon Frohlich » Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:40 pm

cwm191 wrote:100% agree! Easily the most deeply researched and emotive "mountain" book I've ever read. It's one of my new favorite adventure books. Now, I'm almost done reading The Operators by Michael Hastings about General McChrystal and his shenanigans in Afghanistan.


Completely different I'm sure but I'm reading The Places In Between by Rory Stewart about walking (!!!!) across Afghanistan not long after September 11 and around the time we invaded. Fascinating look at the people and history of the region. Pretty much everyone thought he was going to get himself killed but he made it.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Derek » Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:44 pm

Read a book last year called "The Mapmakers" which was about the history of mapmaking. (Shocker.) In it, there was a brief story of the original outsider exploration of Tibet that was done in secret by a couple of Indian cousins, hired by the British. Turns out there was a full book on the adventure, called "Trespassers at the Roof of the World"...so thats what is on my nightstand now.
http://www.amazon.com/Trespassers-Roof-World-Exploration-Kodansha/dp/1568360509

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Craig Cook » Thu Jan 26, 2012 1:14 am

I recently finished re-reading The Long Walk by Stephen King. It doesn't take place in the mountains, but it is a story about hiking to the extreme. I love this novel.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby JoeyJ » Thu Jan 26, 2012 7:44 am

"Broken Hand" - Interesting read with adventure and danger around every corner, about the life of Tom Fitzpatrick, mountain man and guide of the 1800s. A lot of historical accounting to wade thru as you go... and that gets a bit dry and repetitive- but still a good read. Line from the book: "The Indians had been reported hostile, but a discharge of the Howitzer seems to have convinced them of the virtues of peace." :-)

BTW after reading "The Long Walk" by Rawicz I checked out the movie "The Way Back" which is based on this book. IT was OK, but as usual, the book is better than the flick!
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Point North » Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:49 am

Surprised I haven't seen more reference to Instant Karma: The Heart and Soul of a Ski Bum.

http://www.amazon.com/Instant-Karma-Heart-Soul-Ski/dp/0979625505/ref=pd_sim_b_2/175-5083850-2172337

If you haven't read this classic, get it. It's probably at your library. About a guy who grew up a misfit after literally being dropped on his head as a kid, only to find his place in the Colorado Rockies as a ski instructor and bum. Five stars.

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