Hiking and Climbing
Ventures Among Men and Mountains
Paperback ISBN: 1599216108
No one writes about mountaineering and its attendant hardships and victories more brilliantly than critically acclaimed author Jon Krakauer. In this collection of his finest work from such magazines as Outside and Smithsonian, he explores the subject from the unique and memorable perspective of one who has battled peaks like K2, Denali, Everest, and, of course, the Eiger. Always with a keen eye, an open heart, and a hunger for the ultimate experience, he gives us unerring portraits of the mountaineering experience. Yet Eiger Dreams is more about people than about rock and ice—people with that odd, sometimes maniacal obsession with mountain summits that sets them apart from other men and women. Here we meet Adrian the Romanian, determined to be the first of his countrymen to solo Denali; John Gill, climber not of great mountains but of house-sized boulders so difficult to surmount that even demanding alpine climbs seem easy; and many more compelling and colorful characters. In the most intimate piece, “The Devils Thumb,” Krakauer recounts his own near-fatal, ultimately triumphant struggle with solo-madness as he scales Alaska’s Devils Thumb. Eiger Dreams is stirring, vivid writing about one of the most compelling and dangerous of all human pursuits.
Free Your Feet to Minimize Impact, Maximize Efficiency, and Discover the Pleasure of Getting in Touch with the Earth
Paperback ISBN: 0307985911
From the authors of Barefoot Running, the essential guide to the life-changing benefits of barefoot walking As the thousands of people who have fallen in love with barefoot running already know, shedding your shoes is good for the body and the soul. Barefoot Walking shows all readers, no matter their fitness level, how to take command of their physical and spiritual well-being through this simple and easy practice, even if they are daunted by sore feet, achy joints, injury, illness, or feeling out of shape. This book contains special material for children, pregnant women, and seniors, and shows anyone how this gentle, natural activity can literally transform one's life, restoring health, vitality, strength, and balance, and improving focus, mood, memory, and more. Full of tips and tools for going bare, this is the essential handbook for people who want to move their body, connect with the earth, and feel physically and psychologically more alive.
Healing Walks for Hard Times
Quiet Your Mind, Strengthen Your Body, and Get Your Life Back
1st Edition Paperback ISBN: 1590307402
Suffering can sometimes literally stop us in our tracks, keeping us from fully participating in our own lives and the lives of those we love. Carolyn Scott Kortge’s discovery is that an important key to joyous re-engagement with the world can be to—just as literally—get moving. If you can learn to simply start a walking practice, you’re on the road to taking back your life. Kortge offers an eight-week program for navigating your way through life’s physical, emotional, and spiritual hard times, using the healing power of movement through walking for wellness. Within the supportive framework of this eight-week program is a way to regain a sense of balance and order, even if you’re weighed down by the lethargy and loss of control that often accompany illness, depression, or trauma. You’ll discover how to link mental focus with physical movement to create healing periods of stress release. You’ll find ways to match your steps with meditation in a way that clears a path through confusion. You’ll also learn how to use walking to redirect mental focus away from fear or stress and toward peace and renewal. This book will truly help you keep moving forward, both in good times and in tough ones.
From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Hardcover ISBN: 0307592731
A powerful, blazingly honest, inspiring memoir: the story of a 1,100 mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe--and built her back up again. At twenty-six, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's devastating death, her family scattered, and her own marriage was soon destroyed. With nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State--and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than "an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise." But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone. Gorgeously told, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild is the vivid story of a young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.