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Mountaineering Men and Marvels

Branch Perryville Branch

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  • Details about Into thin air : a personal account of the Mount Everest disaster

    Into thin air : a personal account of the Mount Everest disaster

    Jon Krakauer.

    Journalist Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that "suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down." He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide the impetus for this epic account of the May 1996 disaster. Unabridged. 7 CDs.…more

  • Details about Between a rock and a hard place

    Between a rock and a hard place

    Aron Ralston.

    One of the most extraordinary survival stories ever told -- Aron Ralston's searing account of his six days trapped in one of the most remote spots in America, and how one inspired act of bravery brought him home. It started out as a simple hike in the Utah canyonlands on a warm Saturday afternoon. For Aron Ralston, a twenty-seven-year-old mountaineer and outdoorsman, a walk into the remote Blue John Canyon was a chance to get a break from a winter of solo climbing Colorado's highest and toughest……more

  • Details about Top treks of the world

    Top treks of the world

    general editor, Steve Razzetti.

    Featuring 300 color photographs, full-page images, magnificent two-page spreads, and 29 color maps, Top Treks of the World uses wonderful mountain and wilderness photography to present 30 of the best hikes in the world. While the images inspire, the text and maps allow readers to follow each route. There are details on the local culture, flora and fauna, and facilities and camping along the route. The book features paths through Asia (including Tibet and Nepal), North and South America (from the……more

  • Details about Forever on the mountain : the truth behind one of mountaineering's most controversial and mysterious disasters

    Forever on the mountain : the truth behind one of mountaineering's most controversial and mysterious disasters

    James M. Tabor.

    In 1967, seven veteran mountain climbers died in an Arctic hurricane at 20,000 feet on Alaska's Mount McKinley. Tabor, former host of the national PBS series The Great Outdoors, pieces together the story of an expedition that changed mountaineering and whose victims and survivors remain, in many ways, forever on the mountain. He uses interviews, unpublished correspondence and diaries, and government documents to recount the feud between the expedition's leader, the rescue operation thwarted by t……more

  • Details about Miracle in the Andes : 72 days on the mountain and my long trek home

    Miracle in the Andes : 72 days on the mountain and my long trek home

    Nando Parrado with Vince Rause.

    In the first hours there was nothing, no fear or sadness, just a black and perfect silence. Nando Parrado was unconscious for three days before he woke to discover that the plane carrying his rugby team, as well as their family members and supporters, to an exhibition game in Chile had crashed somewhere deep in the Andes. He soon learned that many were dead or dying—among them his own mother and sister. Those who remained were stranded on a lifeless glacier at nearly 12,000 feet above sea ……more

  • Details about Everest : mountain without mercy

    Everest : mountain without mercy

    Broughton Coburn ; introduction by Tim Cahill ; afterword by David Breashears.

    Less than half a century ago, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first humans to stand atop Mount Everest and gaze outward from the highest point on our planet. Since their historic ascent, scores of other climbing expeditions have attempted these forbidding heights and many have succeeded. But though she can be climbed, "the Mother Goddess of the World" cannot be conquered.Few know this as well as David Breashears. The first American to scale Everest twice, he was a veteran of nin……more

  • Details about Holding fast : the untold story of the Mount Hood tragedy

    Holding fast : the untold story of the Mount Hood tragedy

    Karen James.

    A journey of adventure, tragedy, love, and loss on the summit of Mt. Hood.In December 2006, millions of people across the world prayed and waited in anguish to learn the fate of 3 climbers trapped on Mt. Hood. The worst storm in the last decade was pounding the mountain with hurricane-force winds that would not permit the army of rescue workers to do their work. No one below could forget the last phone call Kelly James placed to his wife, telling her that he was trapped in a snow cave just below……more

  • Details about High crimes : the fate of Everest in an age of greed

    High crimes : the fate of Everest in an age of greed

    Michael Kodas.

    Kodas, a journalist with The Hartford Courant and a seasoned climber, has written a very disturbing and fast-paced account of the dark side of climbing Mount Everest. Drugs, prostitution, theft and violent crime, and total disregard for human life were among the kinds of behavior the author found when he joined a New England group on an expedition to Everest. The author also discusses the environmental, economic, and moral implications of the conditions that face unsuspecting climbers on Everest……more

  • Details about High exposure : an enduring passion for Everest and unforgiving places

    High exposure : an enduring passion for Everest and unforgiving places

    David Breashears.

    For generations of resolute adventurers, from George Mallory to Sir Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay to Jon Krakauer, Mount Everest and the world's greatest peaks have provided the ultimate testing ground. As the world's fascination with mountaineering reaches a fever pitch, the question remains: Why climb? In High Exposure, elite mountaineer and acclaimed filmmaker David Breashears answers with an intimate and captivating look at his life. Breashears's passion for climbing began on the cliffs of ……more

  • Details about Facing the extreme : one woman's story of true courage, death-defying survival, and her quest for the summit

    Facing the extreme : one woman's story of true courage, death-defying survival, and her quest for the summit

    by Ruth Anne Kocour as told to Michael Hodgson.

    She stepped into a death zone. The climbers on Alaska's Mt. McKinley called her "the woman." Ruth Anne Kocour, a world-class mountaineer, wasn't bothered. It was part of the challenge she faced as she joined an all-male team to conquer North America's highest peak...the mountain the Indians called Denali, or God. Faced the extreme. But nine days into this ascent, a forty-fifth birthday present to herself, the most violent weather on record slammed into the mountain. Ruth Anne and her group would……more