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another nickname

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Yazoo Ms
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 2, 2017 - 05:10pm PT
I am not a connoisseur of climbing literature. I've read a fair amount, but mostly with low expectations. . As long as it doesn't sink below a certain level, I'm usually satisfied...

People rave about David Roberts.... eh, sure, he's ok...... his buddy Krakauer.... same thing...Whatever.....though maybe Krakauer works too hard at being a "Professional Journalist" (oh-jeeze).

One thing is.... Beckey's biography...... definitely now slotted for publication by "Mountaineers Books" (no schedule)....

Apparently getting written by his girlfriend.... (?). Never heard of her.....I'm skeptical (always about everything).... and do sincerely hope she's not in over her head.....

I guess it doesn't matter......

(Personally my favorite works are Gwen Moffat's simple memoir "Space Beneath My Feet" about amateur-type British climbing in 50s.... "Mountaincraft" 1920s textbook by Geoffrey Winthrop Young; Beckey's "Challenge of the North Cascades," "High Mountains & Cold Seas" Tilman bio.....and maybe stuff by Galen Rowell...)
Delhi Dog

climber
Good Question...
Nov 2, 2017 - 06:40pm PT
I'm pretty partial to Largo's work.

Also Peter Boardman had a gift no doubt about it. I enjoyed everything I read of his.
Jody

climber
Occupied Territory
Nov 2, 2017 - 06:45pm PT
On internet sites? Me.
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Nov 2, 2017 - 06:45pm PT
Michael Ybarra was a very good writer, and a remarkable guy.
del cross

climber
Nov 2, 2017 - 06:50pm PT
Shakespeare was pretty good.
AP

Trad climber
Calgary
Nov 2, 2017 - 06:55pm PT
I wish that Salmon Rushdie was a climber because climbing literature would take a great leap forward in quality.
Or imagine if Thomas Pynchon wrote a guidebook?
moosedrool

climber
Andrzej Citkowicz far away from Poland
Nov 2, 2017 - 07:00pm PT
You apparently never red Stephanie Meyer! Hehehe

Although, John Porter's Alex MacIntyre's "One day as a tiger" is pretty good too.

Being biased, I vote for "Freedom Climbers: The Golden Age of Polish Climbing (Legends and Lore)"

by Bernadette McDonald

Moose
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Nov 2, 2017 - 07:20pm PT
"Going Up"
Joe Fitschen

http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=1944970&msg=1944970#msg1944970
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Nov 2, 2017 - 07:24pm PT
Or imagine if Thomas Pynchon wrote a guidebook?

We'd be wandering, lost, for years just trying to find the approach, let alone the climb.
seano

Mountain climber
none
Nov 2, 2017 - 08:25pm PT
Joe Simpson. John Muir. Eric Shipton. I've recently been enjoying Howard Palmer's "Mountaineering in the Selkirks." It really depends upon what you're looking for.
Brent Mattix

Trad climber
Roseville, CA
Nov 2, 2017 - 08:32pm PT
Nobody beats John Long.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Nov 2, 2017 - 08:56pm PT
Just read a fantastic novel "NW" by Zadie Smith. A highly unique voice in literature.
Robert L

climber
Nov 3, 2017 - 04:54am PT
Bonatti.

The Tower by Cordes.
okay, whatever

climber
Nov 3, 2017 - 05:01am PT
Tom Patey obviously belongs on anyone's list.
Jody

climber
Occupied Territory
Nov 3, 2017 - 07:13am PT
"Going Up"
Joe Fitschen

I second that. Have my signed copy that I got from him in Oakdale.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Nov 3, 2017 - 07:26am PT
^^^
Joe was my English instructor at Lassen Community College (76-78).
He turned me on to a virgin crag in the Susanville area that I pioneered BITD it's now known as Toms Thumb.
Thanks Joe!



Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Nov 3, 2017 - 07:28am PT
Peter Croft.
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Nov 3, 2017 - 07:30am PT
David Harris
Jeff Long

I'd be interested in some younger writers, any recommendations?

DMT
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 3, 2017 - 07:53am PT
Definitely a fan of Largo; he never let's the truth get in the way of a good story. Pete Livesy wrote some good stuff. Jeff Long's fictional account of the merced airplane crash was pretty good reading.

Peter Croft? Can't say I've ever seen any of his wrtiting; any references? I'm sure he could tell a good tale.
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Nov 3, 2017 - 08:01am PT
Amanda Tarr Forrest

http://www.alpinist.com/doc/web16a/wfeature-1998-leaving-llamaland

https://grantvillegazette.com/wp/lastname-firstname/forrest_a/

DMT
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