The Impossible Climb

Alex Honnold, El Capitan and the Climbing Life
Author: Mark Synnott
Publisher: Atlantic Books
ISBN: 1760639877
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: N.A
View: 6163
One slip, one false move, one missed toehold and you're dead. On June 3rd 2017 veteran adventure journalist and professional climber 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. To most, it would be an insane proposition. But most are not Alex Honnold, and few know this better than Mark Synnott, which is why National Geographic sent him there to cover the story. 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, its intersection with that of Alex Honnold and the lead-up to Honnold's historic ascent, to paint a 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.

Años salvajes

Author: William Finnegan
Publisher: Libros del Asteroide
ISBN: 8416213941
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 600
View: 8170
Años salvajes nos habla de una obsesión, la de William Finnegan con el surf. Finnegan comenzó a hacer surf de pequeño en Hawái y California. En los años setenta, tras finalizar sus estudios universitarios, su pasión le llevó a dejarlo todo y emprender un viaje iniciático por Samoa, Indonesia, Fiyi, Java, Australia y Sudáfrica. Este precario y singular viaje, por tierras cada vez más salvajes, y en el que varias veces estuvo al borde de la muerte, terminó llevándolo de vuelta a su país, donde se convertiría en un reconocido escritor y corresponsal de guerra. En Estados Unidos, pese a su nuevo trabajo, su pasión por las olas se mantiene intacta: continúa su búsqueda de la ola perfecta -la más grande, la más rápida, la más peligrosa- en San Francisco, la Costa Este o Madeira. Una búsqueda incesante que es, también, la del sentido de su existencia. Galardonado con el premio Pulitzer 2016, Años salvajes es una fascinante historia de aventuras y una autobiografía literaria de primerísimo nivel. Es, además, y sin ningún género de dudas, el mejor libro sobre surf que se haya escrito nunca.

1995 American Alpine Journal

Author: American Alpine Club,H. Adams Carter
Publisher: The Mountaineers Books
ISBN: 9781933056425
Page: N.A
View: 7752

Mi vida al límite

Author: Reinhold Messner,Thomas Hüetlin
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9788498290004
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 211
View: 2711

FAA General Aviation News

Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Category: Aeronautics
Page: N.A
View: 8970

Achieve the Impossible

Author: Greg Whyte
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1473525292
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 224
View: 3121
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.

Conquering the Impossible

My 12,000-Mile Journey Around the Arctic Circle
Author: Mike Horn
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1466880155
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 368
View: 9947
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.


Author: Michael Frayn
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 0571281435
Category: Fiction
Page: 288
View: 1567
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.


A Spycatcher Novel
Author: Matthew Dunn
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1409109739
Category: Fiction
Page: 336
View: 1114
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.

If You Wanna Learn Humilty, Buy a Horse

Author: Jackie L. Hutton
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1434311392
Category: Humor
Page: 268
View: 3315
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.

I'm Not Crazy Just Bipolar

A Memoir
Author: Wendy K. Williamson
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 145206850X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 300
View: 3270
An informative yet humorous look at life with manic-depressive illness.

The American Alpine Journal

Author: American Alpine Club
Publisher: The Mountaineers Books
ISBN: 9780930410216
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 367
View: 5667


Author: Lesley Choyce
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
ISBN: 1554695252
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 128
View: 555
Josh knows he’s riding recklessly when he knocks down an old man on a logging road. But he is shocked when the old man walks into the forest with his dirt bike. A week without his beloved bike motivates Josh to hike into the woods to confront the crazy old man he suspects is the hermit of Loggerman Creek.

Shadows of Death

Author: Jason N. Wilson
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1469119501
Category: Fiction
Page: 151
View: 3541
Sean Washington was born with a gift. He has the ability to see when someone is going to die. His visions allow him to see people in a frightening gray hue. On July 17th, 1990 Sean was a high school junior on a class trip to New York City with his classmates when a terrorist left a bomb on the train killing six-hundred and ninety seven people. Sean was only able to save one of his classmates, his best friend Reginald Kane. Now Sean is a homicide detective, searching for an elusive, crafty, and violent serial killer that leaves his victims handcuffed, making escape for the killers victims all but impossible. While the detective is on the case, the killer discovers that Sean is after him. The killer gives a terrifying ultimatum Step down from the case or the ones closest to you will die one by one. Will Sean find the killer or will he succumb to his shadows of death?

The Silent Man Called

A Fantasy Adventure
Author: Wade Tarzia
Publisher: Wade Tarzia
ISBN: 1403361460
Category: Fiction
Page: 360
View: 2520

The 8th Confession

Author: James Patterson,Maxine Paetro
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0316052655
Category: Fiction
Page: 300
View: 6248
As San Francisco's most glamorous millionaires mingle at the party of the year, someone is watching--waiting for a chance to take vengeance on Isa and Ethan Bailey, the city's most celebrated couple. Finally, the killer pinpoints the ideal moment, and it's the perfect murder. Not a trace of evidence is left behind in their glamorous home. As Detective Lindsay Boxer investigates the high-profile murder, someone else is found brutally executed--a preacher with a message of hope for the homeless. His death nearly falls through the cracks, but when reporter Cindy Thomas hears about it, she knows the story could be huge. Probing deeper into the victim's history, she discovers he may not have been quite as saintly as everyone thought. As the hunt for two criminals tests the limits of the Women's Murder Club, Lindsay sees sparks fly between Cindy and her partner, Detective Rich Conklin. The Women's Murder Club now faces its toughest challenge: will love destroy all that four friends have built? The exhilarating new chapter in the Women's Murder Club series, The 8th Confession serves up a double dose of speed-charged twists and shocking revelations as only James Patterson can. And remember, this is the only Murder Club episode of the year.

The Impossible is Possible

The Process That Can Help You to Find Possibilities Hidden Behind Impossible Situations
Author: Isaac "Worship" Kinzambi
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1493140914
Category: Self-Help
Page: 80
View: 509
Human beings, have the choice to either live through the impossible that hide possibilities or live through possibilities that display impossibilities. Until the day I decided to step out of the natural into the supernatural, from the ordinary to the extraordinary, I was simply a coward, an intelligent coward, spiritual coward, and mental coward. I could only see my work and mission into what is conformed, less challenging, conventional and formal. • Question the impossible: what make it not possible • Study the impossible: study the problem according to your aspirations, remember what is possible today was impossible yesterday • Call the impossible: if you can define your impossible you can find your possible

Unjustifiable Risk?

The Story of British Climbing
Author: Simon Thompson
Publisher: Cicerone Press Limited
ISBN: 1849656991
Category: Travel
Page: 400
View: 1564
To the impartial observer Britain does not appear to have any mountains. Yet the British invented the sport of mountain climbing and for two periods in history British climbers led the world in the pursuit of this beautiful and dangerous obsession. Unjustifiable Risk is the story of the social, economic and cultural conditions that gave rise to the sport, and the achievements and motives of the scientists and poets, parsons and anarchists, villains and judges, ascetics and drunks that have shaped its development over the past two hundred years. The history of climbing inevitably reflects the wider changes that have occurred in British society, including class, gender, nationalism and war, but the sport has also contributed to changing social attitudes to nature and beauty, heroism and death. Over the years, increasing wealth, leisure and mobility have gradually transformed climbing from an activity undertaken by an eccentric and privileged minority into a sub-division of the leisure and tourist industry, while competition, improved technology and information, and increasing specialisation have helped to create climbs of unimaginable difficulty at the leading edge of the sport. But while much has changed, even more has remained the same. Today's climbers would be instantly recognisable to their Victorian predecessors, with their desire to escape from the crowded complexity of urban society and willingness to take "unjustifiable" risk in pursuit of beauty, adventure and self-fulfilment. Unjustifiable Risk was shortlisted for the Boardman Tasker prize in 2011.

Climbing Out of Depression

Author: Sue Atkinson
Publisher: Lion Books
ISBN: 0745958192
Category: Self-Help
Page: 208
View: 5821
Being depressed often leaves you feeling paralysed into inaction. Climbing back out of the pit of gloom seems almost impossible. You need help, and that is what this book offers - practical, humane and spiritual help. Sue Atkinson has suffered years of depression herself. She does not write as an expert on depression or as a depression counsellor, but as someone who knows the feelings from close personal experience. As a result, her book contains a varied menu of hints, quotations and illustrations, not page after page of unbroken text. This is a book to dip into as fits your mood and need, making a dependable guide to the climb.