The most inspirational book(s) you have read

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24/07/2003 at 14:49
Reason I'm posting this thread is because I'm coming to the end of one of the most amazing books I have ever read about the ill-fated expeditions to mount everest in 1996 when 19 people lost their lives. I'm totally moved.

1. Into thin air (Jon Krakauer)

2. It's not about the bike: my journey back to life - Lance Armstrong

3. Transitions - the Spencer Smith story (Mark Shaw)
24/07/2003 at 14:54
read both the first 2, not read the third yet.

Into the Void
24/07/2003 at 14:56
whats 'into the void'?
sounds intriguing....
24/07/2003 at 14:56
long walk to freedom
24/07/2003 at 14:57
Joe ? Simpson also about climbing
24/07/2003 at 14:59
Have a fair collection of climbing books, having just moved house, I had to un-pack them last weekend.

Can't remember the title, but a good book by Maria Coffey (sp ?), she was Joe Taskers girlfriend and covers the aftermath of his death.

Bought Chris Bonnington's Everest couple of weeks ago, and He signed it !!!!
24/07/2003 at 15:03
Daz I think you made either a typing or a counting mistake - 19?

The book is OK but Krakauer is a journalist first and foremost and the way he tells the story belies this. You should read the other book (can't remember the title) by Boukryev (spelling?)(the Russian guide who saved some of the people). In my opinion he tells a more veritable story.

Into the Void is a great, very gripping book - recommend it to anyone. Also other books by Simpson are very good - except the latest which is just a re-hash of everything before.
24/07/2003 at 15:17
cheers firemonkey will check them out. whats the name of the boukryev book?

you're right, i just checked and it's 9 at the time with 3 more within the month - 12. dont know where i got 19 from, guess he DID tell a good story!
24/07/2003 at 15:18
harry potter
harry potter
harry potter




.......sorry, but theyre great!
24/07/2003 at 15:22
never read a single harry potter !
24/07/2003 at 15:23
I loved Ellen McCarther's book, although not sure how inspiring it was.

The one I most recently read that really got me was 'The Girl on the Red Coat'... 'Day of the Bees' was amazing as well!
24/07/2003 at 15:24
Another book about '96 on Everest was written by the Swede who cycled there and did the ascent unaided - Goran Kropp, I think his name was. That's not nearly as good as the Krakauer book, but adds an extra bit to the whole story. I'd rate it alongside the Boukreef (so?) book.

Beck Weathers has also brought out a book about his experience. I've got it, but haven't read it yet, and forget the name.

The book brought out by the Imax team that was there at the same time is excellent, just for the photographs.
24/07/2003 at 15:26
I'm with Cookie on this one. The things that poor Harry has been through in his life warm the cockles of my wotsits.
iron fraggle    pirate
24/07/2003 at 15:26
'It's not about the bike' is the most awe inspiring book I've ever read, fair moved me to tears it did!
24/07/2003 at 15:28
Hate to mention this........................
But Harry Potter isn't real !
24/07/2003 at 15:29
Leave it Dave.
24/07/2003 at 15:30
OK, It upset the kids when I told them ! (Oh they are 18, 17, & 16 by the way !)
24/07/2003 at 15:32
arrrg i hope harry potter dies in the next book - gets turned into an orange and is eaten by the wicked wizard or something!

aha rc! so weathers survived! i've just got to the bit where they see him walking through the snow after lying all night, presumed dead, in the snow. wicked!
24/07/2003 at 15:50
Lost his nose though, along with assorted other bits.

Btw I was at K2 when Alison Hargreaves got swept off the mountain along with a couple of Spaniards and some others. Its one thing to read it in a book but quite another to live it in first person. We went up to get the body of one of the Spaniards a few days later since it was quite low down on the face and would otherwise have been consumed by the choughs (huge crow like birds). Not a pretty sight.
24/07/2003 at 15:54
blimey firemonkey!
must admit though the krak book has inspired me to give climbing a go (well I have to learn rock and rope climbing, along with kayaking and first aid by next year anyway).
any recommendations on where to go in london?
have a pack from crystal palace. they have a 5-week beginners course starting a week monday. 5x1hour for £47. that about right?

think mile-end has a 6-hour for £50
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