If you loved watching Free Solo, you'll be enthralled by Mark Synnott's deeply reported, insider perspective on Alex Honnold's impossible climb. One slip, one false move, one missed toehold and you're dead. On June 3rd 2017 Mark Synnott was in Yosemite to witness something that only a handful of people knew was about to occur: the most famous climber in the world, Alex Honnold, was going to attempt to summit one of the world's most challenging ascents, a route called Freerider on the notorious rock formation El Capitan. It is a climb extraordinarily dangerous and difficult, and yet Honnold was going to do it 'free solo'. Meaning no help. No climbing partner. No equipment. No rope. Where a single small mistake would mean certain death. Indeed, to summit El Cap free solo was a feat likened to Neil Armstrong first walking on the moon. In The Impossible Climb, Mark Synnott uses his own career as a professional climber to paint an insider portrait of the elite climbing community, exploring what motivates them, the paradoxical drive to keep the sport pure and at the same time to fund climbs, and the role that awareness of mortality plays in the endeavour. We watch through Mark's eyes as Alex plots, trains and attempts his heart-stopping free-solo ascent. Ultimately this is a story not only about climbing but about what makes us human, how we respond to fear and our drive to transcend the inevitability of death.
Ultimately this is a story not only about climbing but about what makes us human, how we respond to fear and our drive to transcend the inevitability of death.
Author: Mark Synnott
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Category: Sports & Recreation
A middle grade adaptation of the adult bestseller that chronicles what The New York Times deemed "one of the great athletic feats of any kind, ever": Alex Honnold's free-solo ascent of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. On June 3, 2017, Alex Honnold achieved what most had written off as unattainable: a 3,000-foot vertical climb of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, without a rope or harness. At the time, only a few knew what he was attempting to do, but after topping out at 9:28 am, having spent just under four hours on this historic feat, author Mark Synnott broke the story for National Geographic and the world watched in awe. Now adapted for a younger audience, The Impossible Climb tells the gripping story of how a quiet kid from Sacramento, California, grew up to capture the attention of the entire globe by redefining the limits of human potential through hard work, discipline, and a deep respect for the natural world.
At the time, only a few knew what he was attempting to do, but after topping out at 9:28 am, having spent just under four hours on this historic feat, author Mark Synnott broke the story for National Geographic and the world watched in awe.
Author: Mark Synnott
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Your favorite new fantasy heroine’s finest hour awaits her in this breathtaking trilogy. For the first time, all three novels in The Books of Conjury are together in one ebook collection. Follow along as Kate Finch plunges into a harrowing race to unlock the secrets of the dead in an atmospheric, sorcery-riddled 18th Century Boston. The twists and turns never let up. The bundle collects the complete trilogy in one place: THE MAGIC OF UNKINDNESS THE GRAVE RAVEN THE HALLS OF MIDNIGHT In addition, you’ll get a detailed 88-page Appendix unavailable anywhere else: THE ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF CONJURY Who comes out on top when magic, witchcraft, and sorcery collide in the brooding Massachusetts countryside of 1736? How far can loyalty go? And is it all too much to ask of a sixteen-year-old one-eyed orphan confronted with the infernal?
I stood beside him. Each chamber opened from an arched doorway that ran the
height of the wall, nearly eighteen feet. “Civilization leaps forward care of the
impossible, doesn't it? Sail across the sea—impossible. Climb onto that horse's
Author: Kevan Dale
Publisher: Kevan Dale Fiction
Part One Of The Exiles Saga In the peaceful land of Ket-Ta-Witko, the People have lived for generations in harmony, kept from trouble by their Seers' guiding dreams. But not even those talents are proof against the powers of love and love thwarted. When a blood feud escalates into violence, the People find themselves beset by a race of implacable demons, intent on destroying everything they hold dear. And their one chance at redemption lies worlds away, in the harsh and dismal prison colony of Salvation, where a tavern girl, a gambler, and a young boy with the forbidden talent for True Dreaming have been unjustly accused and bound into a lifetime of servitude. Individually, they are helpless. Together, they may alter the future forever.
have survived his sojourn in the cave without a fire, without food. He should be
dead—not on the climb down, but now. Indeed ... So he wrapped himself against
the awful cold and made obeisance, and then began the impossible climb down.
Author: Angus Wells
Written by a real-life James Bond, SENTINEL is the brand new espionage thriller in Matthew Dunn's gripping Spycatcher series. 'He has betrayed us and wants to go to war.' That was the cryptic message received by the CIA from an agent operating deep undercover in Russia. Unable to make contact, the Director of Operations is forced to turn to one of his most deadly field officers: Will Cochrane. His mission: track down the agent and decode the message - or die trying. Will successfully locates the agent, but finds him near death, his last words: 'Only Sentinel can stop him.' Now it's up to Will, with the help of the top-secret joint CIA-MI6 Spartan Section, to discover the identity of the legendary operative known only as Sentinel - before a new cold war erupts.
toward the sky. A MiG fighter jet. It would have been impossible for the pilot to
have seen him, and no doubt he was just ... Willtore his eyes away from the sight
and looked desperatelyat the overhang. ... He had made the impossible climb.
Author: Matthew Dunn
Publisher: Hachette UK
Sometimes I'm a trainer. It's my job to make them earn their feed by teaching cues and conditioned response. Not, a great trainer . . . the word 'gifted is not synonymous with me. But I can start a horse on the ground and under saddle half way decent. I am the trainer. I have the power. I am the name that horses tremble with respect upon hearing. Right. Every single horse I have 'trained' has taught me more than I ever taught them. Horses are almost fanatic to communicate with people. They live in a place that really doesn't allow secrets because they exist in a desperate world of survival. Because it really is all about them doing their best not to get into a fight, horses almost explode in an effort to teach wisdom. They offer the chance to see things from a different perspective. If you take the time, you can learn how to stop and think instead of reacting. You can become kinder, more patient. You can end up a better person. Honest. Sure, I'm the trainer. But I am the one better for it.
At the end of this path, just past the low hanging limbs of oak trees, was a great
deep ditch, about 25 feet across. ... sudden drop) you flew back up the other side
(horse pushing so hard with it's hind quarters to scale the impossible climb they ...
Author: Jackie L. Hutton
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 'Good God, thought Oliver, as he saw the smile. She thinks I'm him! And all at once he knew it was so. He was Dr Norman Wilfred.' On the sunlit Greek island of Skios, the Fred Toppler Foundation's annual lecture is to be given by Dr Norman Wilfred, the world-famous authority on the scientific organisation of science. He turns out to be surprisingly young and charming - not at all the intimidating figure they had been expecting. The Foundation's guests are soon eating out of his hand. So, even sooner, is Nikki, the attractive and efficient organiser. Meanwhile, in a remote villa at the other end of the island, Nikki's old school-friend Georgie waits for the notorious chancer she has rashly agreed to go on holiday with, and who has only too characteristically failed to turn up. Trapped in the villa with her, by an unfortunate chain of misadventure, is a balding old gent called Dr Norman Wilfred, who has lost his whereabouts, his luggage, his temper and increasingly all normal sense of reality - everything he possesses apart from the flyblown text of a well-travelled lecture on the scientific organisation of science... And as the time draws ever nearer for one or other Dr Wilfred - or possibly both - to give the eagerly awaited lecture, so Skios - Greece - Europe - career off their appointed track. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Skios is a story of mislaid identity, misdirected passion and miscalculated consequences. Michael Frayn is also the celebrated author of fifteen plays including Noises Off, Copenhagen and Afterlife. His other bestselling novels include Headlong, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and Spies, which won the Whitbread Best Novel Award.
I could get up on the table right now and dance my heart out, and I'd love every
second of it! I have to make a speech, though, and all I want to do is get under the
table and die! ... He had succeeded in climbing the impossible climb. Only now ...
Author: Michael Frayn
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Perhaps the most significant development in American philosophy in the late 20th century has been the extraordinary renaissance of pragmatism, marked most notably by the reformulations of the so-called "neopragmatists" Richard Rorty and Hilary Putnam. With pragmatism offering the allure of potentially resolving the impasse between epistemological realists and antirealists, analytic and continental philosophers, as well as thinkers across the disciplines, have been energized and engaged by this movement. In this volume Hildebrand asks two questions: first, how faithful are the neopragmatists' reformulations of classical pragmatism (particularly Deweyan pragmatism); and, second, and more significantly, can their neopragmatism work?
Antirepresentationalists ” are philosophers who eschew discussions about
realism by denying any useful roles in philosophy to notions such as “
representation ” or “ fact of the matter . ” Such notions imply that we can do the
impossible : climb ...
Author: David L. Hildebrand
Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press
Greg Whyte learnt from an early age that the biggest obstacle in life was people telling him 'No, you can't'. But we all have the ability to achieve what others may tell you is impossible. Don't listen to them. Success is not a chance event. With proper planning, preparation and vision, Professor Whyte has the knowledge and methods that can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, mortals into elite athletes, to deliver not dream. Using the examples of iconic Comic Relief and Sport Relief challenges achieved by the likes of David Walliams, Eddie Izzard, John Bishop and Davina McCall under his guidance, Greg Whyte shows that anyone can do anything. With expert but simple to understand advice, useful diagrams and structured tasks, he demonstrates how this applies in life, from losing weight to reducing anxiety, in business, through maximising potential and core principles of management, and to sport, whether it be a 10k run or the ultimate endurance challenge. So don't take no for an answer. By making the impossible possible, this book is the blueprint for success in life. www.achievetheimpossible.co.uk
This led to the development of individualized altitude plans which included
rehydration and nutritional strategies and the use of drugs to reduce the impact of
acute mountain sickness (AMS), common on climbs over 3,000m. The use of mild
Author: Greg Whyte
Publisher: Random House
Category: Sports & Recreation
In August 2002, Mike Horn set out on a mission that bordered on the impossible: to travel 12,000 miles around the globe at the Arctic Circle - alone, against all prevailing winds and currents, and without motorized transportation. Conquering the Impossible is the gripping account of Horn's grueling 27-month expedition by sail and by foot through extreme Arctic conditions that nearly cost him his life on numerous occasions. Enduring temperatures that ranged to as low as -95 degrees Fahrenheit, Horn battled hazards including shifting and unstable ice that gave way and plunged him into frigid waters, encounters with polar bears so close that he felt their breath on his face, severe frostbite in his fingers, and a fire that destroyed all of his equipment and nearly burned him alive. Complementing the sheer adrenaline of Horn's narrative are the isolated but touching human encounters the adventurer has with the hardy individuals who inhabit one of the remotest corners of the earth. From an Inuit who teaches him how to build an igloo to an elderly Russian left behind when the Soviets evacuated his remote Arctic town, Horn finds camaraderie, kindness, and assistance to help him survive the most unforgiving conditions. This awe-inspiring account is a page-turner and an Arctic survival tale in one. Most of all, it's a testament to one man's unrelenting desire to push the boundaries of human endurance.
After a few discussions with the authorities in Angmagssalik, my permit was
issued in no more than twentyfour hours. ... A long gradual climb up to the main
plateau, which stretches out at an elevation of ten thousand feet abovesea level.
Author: Mike Horn
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography