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good survival story: "The Long Walk" about some Polish guys in WW2 who escape from a Russian prison camp in Siberia and walk south across Mongolia, the Gobi Desert, Tibet and the Himalaya to India, taking 2.5 years, half of them die along the way...and they see the Yeti! And it's not really Reinhold Messner!!

 

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The author's name is Slavomir Rawicz if that helps ( do a search on that on Google or whatever and you can find the book easily). He had some english journalist guy as translator and co-author.

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the book 'gary hemming- the beatnik of the alps' by mirella tenderini is an excellent psychobiography of this strange, almost schizophrenic climber who did first ascents in the alps during the sixties (with john harlin and others). the final chapters, which detail hemming's growing instability and the circumstances of his death were most interesting. bad lsd trip? suicide? or was he murdered by mike lowe? this seems like a realistic look at climbing and climbers during the sixties- layton kor, royal robbins, all hanging out and smoking 'tea' at jenny lake in the tetons in 1969. hemming's comments about the karma that he believes led to john harlin's death from a 3000 foot freefall off the eiger north face were also interesting to me.

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"Seven summits" by Dick Bass with A. Ghostwriter: "I climbed them first. Kosciusko is legit. Carstenz what? Pat Who?"

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Mark Twights "Extreme Alpinism" :

Don't carry anything but a packet of Gu. If you die, good riddens...

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good survival story: "The Long Walk" about some Polish guys in WW2 who escape from a Russian prison camp in Siberia and walk south across Mongolia, the Gobi Desert, Tibet and the Himalaya to India, taking 2.5 years, half of them die along the way...and they see the Yeti! And it's not really Reinhold Messner!!

 

A while ago I picked this book up and read about half of it before chucking it. Usually I'll follow through to the bitter end but the writing style was tedious, plus I just thought this guy's story wasn't credible. It seemed more like propaganda than anything else.

 

For a much better escaping-from-prison read, my money's on "Papillon."

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Steve Roper "Fifty Crowded Climbs": These climbs are classic because I said so and because the pix are soooo cool. Find 'em if you can (this book won't help much). Some people have been lined up since 1981, but there's a dust-free spot on their coffee tables. I already climbed 'em so I don't care. Eat my chalk.

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Someone already covered Touching the Void so I'll cover the only other book I've had time to read in B&N:

 

How to Climb 5.12! by Eric Horst - "Buy my product! Buy my product! You can't train well unless you buy my product!"

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Dru, sadly, "The Long Walk" is fiction, masquerading as real. It has been pretty solidly debunked (mileage, terrain, calories, etc) several places. Interesting story, but not true....

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PERFORMANCE ROCK CLIMBING by Dale Goddard and Uno something:

 

Don't eat, at all, EVER!!!

 

Train hard, every day. Rest days are for the weak. Don't blame me if your elbows explode.

 

Skeletor skinny is the new black.

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Cascade Alpine Guide, Fred Beckey.

 

"Peak ____________, 6423 ft. Follow obvious ledges and crack systems, 4th class. Brushy and loose. Bring hardhart. FA: Fred Beckey.

 

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QuickTime climbing slide shows by Andy Cairns: images you won't relate to set to music you find unappealing or wrong for the context, free to good homes, vans, and impeccable (in the Catholic sense) dirt dwellers

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No Picnic on Mt Kenya:

Three Italian prisoners escape a British compound and make the first ascent of Mt Kenya. They determine that prison life is superior to mountaineering, and return to the compound.

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good survival story: "The Long Walk" about some Polish guys in WW2 who escape from a Russian prison camp in Siberia and walk south across Mongolia, the Gobi Desert, Tibet and the Himalaya to India, taking 2.5 years, half of them die along the way...and they see the Yeti! And it's not really Reinhold Messner!

 

Highly recomended read!!!

 

 

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