Into Thin Air by Jon Krakaeur Describes the events of the Everest Tragedy in 1996. This is a high altitude struggle for survival that involves mortality as well as one man's amazing survival for a night unsheltered above 27,000 feet after he was left for dead. This is a gripping exciting read that makes it hard to put the book down. If you are a fast read you will be absorbed in the events that happened in 1996 and before you know it, … [Read more...]
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"Seeing is Believing" by Ripley's Believe It or Not , is not your typical picture and caption book. The cover features a hologram type image of a very real human eyeball. Turning the pages, quickly leads one through a maze of the world's wackiest, weirdest and wildest stories and events. Read about the child raised by dogs, the worlds smallest muscle man, how a man's site was restored 60 years after he lost his vision in WWII and hundreds of … [Read more...]
The Places in Between by Rory Stewart An amazing modern day tale of one man's journey walking across Afghanistan in the middle of the winter, mostly with just his dog. Takes place right after the "fall" of the Taliban and is a unique insight into the Afghan culture. Throw in freezing temperatures, heavy snow, and some hostile villagers and you have an epic tale. Rory stayed with local villagers during this entire hike - his "guides" … [Read more...]
Moon Northern California Wine Country by Philip Goldsmith covers the major Northern California wine regions from Santa Cruz to Livermore up through Napa and Sonoma to Mendocino County in the north. Many wine guides either do to little or try to cover to much; this book strikes a nice balance between some of the off the beaten path wineries as well as those with more of a public presence. In addition the descriptions of the wineries are more … [Read more...]
Between a Rock & a Hard Place by Aron Ralston Aron has always loved the outdoors and climbing mountains. This is the incredible story of one man being in the wrong place at the wrong time and his ensuing entrapment in a remote canyon in Utah. He eventually arrives at the final decision he has to make in order to "free" himself. This is a gripping story that develops as the trapped man comes to terms with his situation and his ultimate … [Read more...]
Lonely Planet Seattle by Lonely Planet Part of Lonely Planet's "City Guides", this 376 page guide to Seattle is highly detailed and includes a very nice pull out map, calendar, neighborhood spotlights, a highlights section and much more. This guide brings you insights from locals as well as travelers and is a must visit for anyone planning a trip to the "hub" of the Pacific Northwest. Also good information for attractions outside of the … [Read more...]
Moon Take a Hike Washington DC by Theresa Dowell Perhaps you don't normally associate Washington DC with hiking but the DC area offers some killer hiking opportunities ranging from historic grounds to mountains to beaches and waterfalls. This latest Moon Handbook spotlights 80 hikes in Washington DC and eastern Maryland (all of them completed by the author). This book highlights some of DC's top trails by category. Examples include best bird … [Read more...]
Moon Take a Hike Portland by Barbara I. Bond This latest Moon Handbook spotlights Portland as an "outdoor" city - with over 37,000 square feet of open space. What better way to explore all this than by hiking. This book highlights some of Portland's top trails by category. Examples include best bird watching, best "butt kickers", hikes with children, "peak baggers" , waterfalls, wildflowers and best views. The trails are organized by … [Read more...]
Dark Summit by Nick Heil Ten years after the infamous events of 1996, another climbing season on earth's tallest mountain produces controversy. If you enjoyed Into Thin Air (see below), you will surely be gripped by the clutches of this book. It is a fast paced read in which you are quickly immersed in the world of extreme altitude mountaineering and the fine line decisions that climbers & guides have to make on the spur of the moment. A … [Read more...]
Spain from a Backpack by Mark Pearson First person told short stories of travel in Spain - stories by backpackers for backpackers. Includes specific recommendations, tips and tricks. Geared for the budget travelers. Each section of the book is broken down into specific locations within Spain. This is a must read for budget travelers planning a trip to Spain! … [Read more...]