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Wade Icey

Trad climber
Sep 3, 2017 - 10:37am PT
just finished The Infinite Jest. my first thought is okay, back to page one.
life is a bivouac

Trad climber
Sep 3, 2017 - 04:32pm PT
"The Bond" by Simon McCartney is one of the most griping recollections from the literature of Alpinism I've ever read. Somewhat akin to "Gervasutti's climbs", in which we are invited into the mind of the climber, facing doubts and fears.

Simon McCartney and Jack Roberts met in '77 at the famous Bar National in Chamonix. Sussing each other out they climbed together becoming friends, subsequently teaming up to do two first ascents of immense importance in Alaska during the late '70'S. Huntington's north face in '78 and Denali's southwest face in 1980.

I personally knew Jack Roberts as a lad in So. Cal., thru the climbing shop I worked at, The West Ridge. Jack was a member of a High School Climbing club known as "Buff" which was made up of a bunch of young guys and gals from Santa Monica High School. We often bouldered together on the local sandstone.

Jack, as many of you know, became a driven hardman of the highest caliber , strong, proud, capable, true in spirit; and without a doubt Simon is of the same mettle.

I'll not recount their achievements, however, as the story completes, after the episode on Denali, Simon drops out of the climbing scene for almost forty years; then thru a series of fateful connections, one of which was the Supertopo, Simon is lead back to the climbing community.

The read is as vigorous as 2000 feet of front pointing, compelling as melting spin drift on blackened fingers and as visceral as leaving your compromised partner on a face with only a promise.

Thank You Simon, for giving us clear incite into your, and our, love/hate affair with the mountains.

I highly recommend this to those of us who climbed in the 70's and 80's and on... As well, to those interested in our unique history.

Published by: Mountaineers Books, Legends and Lore Series 2016

Ice climber
great white north
Sep 26, 2017 - 09:28pm PT

haven't read this one for 20+ years, it's still excellent
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Oct 13, 2017 - 12:40pm PT
It Takes a Tribe: Building the Tough Mudder Movement by Will Dean and co-author Tim Adams.

Here's my review of it in The WSJ, 10/13/2017, with a little discussion of where Tough Mudder fits on the spectrum of genuine adventure.

And since that'll likely get you stuck in front of the WSJ paywall unless you're a subscriber, here it is on my website, with a photo that should enlarge enough for reading when clicked twice.

I also recently read "Deadwood," by Peter Drexler, a literary western tragedy about well, Deadwood, through the eyes of Charley Utter. Which was pretty good.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Oct 13, 2017 - 01:05pm PT
I've been reading this best selling book about growing up in the 50's,
it strikes a cord with those of us of a certain age. ;)
I highly recommend it. :)

Great Read
Great Read
Credit: T Hocking

Social climber
Nov 12, 2017 - 01:46am PT
hey there say.... just a bit about my books...

they don't get read much, as, they are self published and hard to get the word out...

have worked on one of the new ones, recently...

for those that don't know FULLY what they are about, here is a small example
to share: Jake... ex-rodeo cowboy, from south Texas, turned rancher in Montana... and this 'gang' of buddies... and a TWIN sister, that
just won't quit, ;)

FOUR NOVELS... and five, going on six, short stories,
all based on ASL, head injury, tongue loss, seizures and:
overcoming! through the bond of strong friendship, and twinship, :)

FOR THOSE THAT DON'T know about my JAKE smith ranch series... the character, Jake, recovers from a serious injury, after saving his buddy, from a bull-- he learns he had no tongue, anymore, and has head injuries, and can't function as well as he used to:

his twin sister teaches his sign language, as, he can't talk, (though, has learned to make various sound, but does not like to hear himself, or, read or write... (though later, he works out a system, down the year, as to a 'code' of sounds to mark down)-- eating is hard, and can be dangerous, too... he finally succeeds to even try eating in public, with his buddies...

god's grace, is all through my books... his whole recovery, is strongly spiritual, as well, to not give up, to, once again, 'feel like himself again'...

HE SUCCEEDS through love, friendship and loyalty, of good buddies... THESE book, show various parts of his life, to reach victory, as, being 'new and different' but STILL the same, -- the Jake that he knows he is... THIS VIDEO might give folks an idea what he goes through... there are two that i found...

i hope my BOOKS someday HELP folks to learn to be patient with others, that have these troubles, and/or head injuries, or, seizures... folks that are 'suddenly' DIFFERENT, but still wanting to be themselves...

HERE is a video, that found, recently... this woman, who-ever she is, was very brave and kind to post these, to show folks how hard her life is... (she, i think, had cancer-- another way, that folks can lose their tongue) ...

as the TITLE SAYS... this type of surgery, as to tongue loss,
is LONELY...

the character in my book, had a twin sister that was NOT going to
let him 'isolate' himself...

he gets back into being a 'mentor' to youth, as like he used to do...
through the horses on his ranch...

*not sure how old this video, is, but wow, please keep her in our
prayers, she was so sad, in the last one... :(

Trad climber
Lyons, Colorado
Nov 12, 2017 - 06:34am PT
River of Doubt:Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 12, 2017 - 09:04am PT
Stephen Ambrose’s Undaunted Courage about Lewis and Clark. Definitely worthy of its Pulitzer Prize.

And why do we use a trite phrase like ‘badass’ instead of saying ‘Lewis and Clark’?

Boulder climber
Yoknapatawpha County
Nov 12, 2017 - 09:47am PT
A Doll House by Henrik Ibsen.

in the land of the blind
Nov 12, 2017 - 12:28pm PT

Just finished Echopraxia by Peter Watts and Angle of Repose (again) by Stegner.

Just starting Death’s End by Liu Cixin and The Idiot (again) by Dostoevsky.

SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, Moab, A sailboat, or some time zone
Nov 12, 2017 - 02:46pm PT
^^^^^^. I must have read Angle of Repose 10 times. I love it. I can’t ever tire of it.
I like Stegner’s other work but that one always gets me.


in the land of the blind
Nov 12, 2017 - 03:07pm PT
I last read Angle of Repose over 30 years ago. I had forgotten how great it is. I remember that I liked it so much back then that I read Crossing to Safety and some of his other works; I might have to revisit them also.

Echopraxia is hard sci-fi. It’s not as good as Watts preceding novel Blindsight, but it gave me a lot to chew on, and it was several orders of magnitude more interesting than the “What is Mind?” thread.

The first two sci-fi novels of Liu Cixin’s Three Body Problem trilogy were incredibly inventive and unpredictable. I hope this third one holds up.

As with Angle of Repose, The Idiot is something I read many years ago, and I remember very little of it. For a few years back then I was obsessed with everything Dostoevsky. I read all of his works, and I read The Brothers Karamazov, Crime and Punishment, and Notes from Underground several times each. I'm not religious, I don’t believe in god, and I disagree with much of what his writing seems to propose, but I still lovingly remember parts of The Brother’s Karamazov quite vividly such as Ivan’s grand inquisitor and Alyosha’s dream.
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Nov 12, 2017 - 04:03pm PT
The latest addition to the Oxford History of the United States series—Richard White's The Republic for Which It Stands: The United States During Reconstruction and The Gilded Age, 1865-1896.

Lots of us know our Civil War history. Very few know much about Reconstruction, and its failure.

It's excellent, but not for the faint of heart.

Social climber
Nov 12, 2017 - 09:01pm PT
And why do we use a trite phrase like ‘badass’ instead of saying ‘Lewis and Clark’?

..Because we oughta say "Sacajawea" :-)

great read tho' :-)
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Nov 14, 2017 - 01:50pm PT
when I was back in Seattle in August I went into the UW Bookstore and bought about $200 of bargain books off the front tables and carts. Been happily working my way through the pile since then.

Last night started The Best American Sports Writing 2013. This anthology has been published yearly since 1991 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) when David Halberstam edited the inagural version. The editor for 2013 was J.R. Moerhringer.

from his intro:

"Though every competition, from aikido to Xbox, is at surface about winning, it's the losing that matters in the end, because we're all going to lose more than we win. Our bedrock task as human beings is coping with loss, the knowledge of it, the memory of it, the imminence of it, and sports have the power to show us, starkly, bracingly, how."

Started with a story about the death of ultra-runner Micah True: Caballo Blanco's Last Run by Barry Bearak which first appeared in the NY Times.

Was a fine start to what looks like some good reading.

Social climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 15, 2017 - 05:47am PT
When the Ken Burns documentary on Vietnam started I was reading Huê 1968 by Mark Bowden. It gives a focused view on exactly how misguided our military leaders were and how brave the young soldiers were fighting for survival and the citizens of Huê had little input on their survival or death.

I read David Halberstam's Ho following that and Duong Thu Huong's Novel Without A Name, which was mentioned in Bowden's book. It is a perspective of the war written by a soldier of North Vietnam.
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Nov 15, 2017 - 11:00am PT
Tobia, since your'e on a Vietnam jag, have you read Graham Greene's The Quiet American?

Well worth it if you haven't.

Social climber
Nov 15, 2017 - 11:27am PT
Just cracked Howard Zinn's "Peoples History of the US".


Boulder climber
Yoknapatawpha County
Nov 15, 2017 - 03:12pm PT
Tim O'Brien's Going After Cacciato proves as stout a Vietnam novel as his The Things They Carried. A Pen/Faulkner Award-winning Vietnam author is Tobias Wolff. He sure turns a phrase. Saw him at a talk with Michael Krasny featuring writing and war.

If you haven't read Graham Greene's short story "The Destructors" it's worth a look.

Social climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 18, 2017 - 05:33am PT

Gregory, I will find a used copy, thanks.

Sycorax, I will check the Tobias Wolff book as well.
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