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    Mini Goon Harry McMahon's Avatar
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    Could we get a something going where members suggest books wot they have read?
    Perhaps with a short review and a grading system 1 to 5 stars ?
    Bit like user reviews on gear really I suppose.
    Reason I ask is to help me choose the right ones..obviously!

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    Are you on about Guide Books or general "Mountain Literature?"

    As for the first I don't own any, and for the second...erm Jon Krakauer's 'Into Thin Air' would be my favourite.


    But there is an option on the Member reviews for "media" so I suppose it wouldn't be difficult to create a 'books' section would it techies? People could just "create" a new entry for a book couldn't they.

    I see that Drew has already done one on "Everest a Mountain Without Mercy"

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    Well Harry, anything by Joe Simpson is a good read.

    Guidebooks? My faves are Yorkshire Gritstone and Yorkshire Limestone....

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    Mini Goon Harry McMahon's Avatar
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    No guide books intended

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    eh? still none the wiser...

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    Harry, that last post means nothing at all without punctuation.


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    when you've read that read 7 years in tibet -same author different genre, adventure rather than climbing

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    Fear and loathing in Las Vegas.

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    Seven Years in Tibet is a fantastic read!

    And A Slender Thread by Stephen Venables.

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    Fear and loathing in Las Vegas

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    That book really got to you, didn't it Jeannie?

    I think there was supposed to be a book section - I think we wee supposed to 'submit new product' n the media section. But I seem to remember Jon saying the 'backend' of the submit-product function doesn't really work.

    For the money, Into thin Air is also by far my favourite, and the one I'd recommend anyone to read, not just to those interested in climbing.

    I've just read Julie Nield's Ice Bound. She was the doctor who developed breast cancer while overwintering at the South Pole. It's a fascinating book; an interesting look into how that base functions how the people there cope. Nield's own story is also very interesting.

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    Kiss or Kill - Confessions of a serial climbing junkie - Mark Twight.

    Bonkers intense stuff from American climber / writer. Read in small doses and don't forget that this is what happens if you take climbing too seriously and begine to equate it with life. (Extreme Alpinism by the same guy if you're interested in an instruction manual for big mountain suffering)

    Mountaineering in Scotland / Undiscovered Scotland - WH Murray.
    - totally inspirational 30s/40s Scottish climbing. Read then go climb a few of the routes, then read aloud again on the M6 driving home...

    Boardman-Tasker Omnibus - funnily enough I bumped into an old guy today on the Carnedds who knew Boardman, which reminded me of this collection of Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker's books in on volume.

    Joe Simpson, particularly Void and Ghosts.

    Oh, and if you're into mountain biking, check out the stuff Mike Ferrentino does for Amercian magazine 'bike'. Also Lance Armstrong's autobiography is worth a read.


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    Always a little further - Alistair Borthwick. Hilarious, pre-war adventures in Scotland.

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    "Eiger Dreams" by Jon Krakauer is a collection of stories / parts of stories that he has written. Its good for the train / lunchtime etc, because each one is relatively short so it doesn't matter if you keep having ot put it down.

    Already mentioned are "Into Thin Air" and "Touching the Void". Part way through Joe Simpsons latest book, but as I'm still recovering from a week at scout camp, I'm having trouble remembering the title - "Beckoning Silence" I think.

    Si(C)

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    If you're a climber or you've spent any time with climberz, then Tami Knight's 'Climbing Tales of Terror' is a must-read book. I say 'read', but it's a series of cartoons featuring archetypal climbing rats - highlight include the fantastic avalanche poodle - whoops, you need another avalanche poodle - the ice climber brain-cell debate (few or no functioning brain cells), the mysteries of Lycra etc. Priceless, especially for gurlz.

    Also, Everest - The Ultimate Hump. Cruel dissection of the Everest circus in mean cartoon form.

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    Gary Paulsons ' winterdance' is one of the best outdoor reads you'll ever pick up - it's in theory about dog sledding in Alaska but in reality it's one of the best books about wilderness and adventure I've read.


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    Tami Knight's "Farty Party Corks" toon had pride of place on the bathroom wall for several years. But no'one seemed to get it...
    Recent worthwhile reads:
    Aat Vervoorn, "Beyond the Snowline"
    Tom Patey's "One Man's Mountains"
    Jeff Connor's Haston Biography
    Ed Webster "Snow in the Kingdom"
    Paul Pritchard "The Totem Pole"
    Most amusing instruction book "Allan and Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book"

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    "Touching my fathers soul" Jamlin Norgay

    "Clear waters rising" I forget the authors name but it will come to me

    "An Ascent of Rum Doodle"

    "The Endless Knott" Kurt Diemburger

    "Clouds from both sides" Julie Tulis

    "Fell days" Arthur pike

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    Guy: CWR: Crane wasn't it?

    Rum Doodle. Fantastic book.

    I Bought A Mountain, Thomas Fairbank, is required reading if you've ever walkked in Snowdonia IMHO.


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    OK so after a bit of thought my top ten in the traditional reverse order:

    10) Annapurna. By Herzog
    9)Anything by Joe Simpson, but Waterpeople is favorite.
    8)Deep Play by Paul Pritchard
    7)The Totem pole by Paul Pritchard
    6)Against the wall By Simon Yates
    5)Flame of adventure by Simon Yates
    4)Endless Knot b Dienburger
    3)Rum Doodle by Bowman
    2) Clearwaters rising by Nicholas Crane
    1) Shining levels by John Wyatt

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