Book Report: Alpine Warriors

I read a lot of mountaineering books, so much so, that it’s rare for me to find a climbing book that I haven’t read in a store. Even when I stumble across a new book, it’s often about a climb or climbers that I have previously read about—which leaves even new-to-me books feeling old. Because…

Book Report: One Man’s Wilderness

The first 100 pages of One Man’s Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey always make me so happy. It’s about a man (Dick Proenneke), building a cabin from mostly natural materials, living his dream in the wilds of Alaska. It doesn’t get much better than that. Crafted from Proenneke’s journals of his 18-month odyseey, Sam Keith’s One…

Book Report: Deep Powder & Steep Rock

I thought I knew a lot about the life of heli-skiing pioneer Hans Gmoser, having first read about him in Topher Donahue’s book Bugaboo Dreams. However, after reading Deep Powder & Steep Rock: The Life of Mountain Guide Hans Gmoser by Chick Scott, I now recognize that I only knew a small part of the picture, as Deep…

Book Report: French Revolutions

Did you love Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods? Where you particularly attracted to the light-hearted way Bryson blended outdoor/adventure writing with travel and history? If so, you have to read Tim Moore’s book French Revolutions.  In French Revolutions, Moore sets out to ride the entire route of the Tour de France, albeit in a fashion more…

Book Report: Disaster at the Pole

If somebody told me that they were going to fly a blimp filled with hydrogen gas to the North Pole and back, I’d question their sanity. But in the mid-1920s, before the Hindenberg explosion in 1937, dirigibles were all the rage. And although Italian airships captained by General Umberto Nobile made it to the top…

Book Report: Valley Walls—A Memoir of Climbing & Living in Yosemite

Beginning with a profile of Alex Honnold featuring him soloing in Yosemite on the popular television show 60 Minutes, and followed a few years later by Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgenson’s dramatic ascent of the Dawn Wall on El Cap, climbing in Yosemite has increased its appeal to an audience outside of core climbers. An audience…

Surf Station: Late-Summer 2018

Last summer, while working with Tim on several goEast pieces about hiking Vermont’s 4,000-footers, I ended up hiking four of the five peaks (Mansfield, Camel’s Hump, Ellen, and Abraham) in a 24-hour period. Having done four so casually, it was only natural to wonder if we could do those four and Killington (Vermont’s fifth 4,000-footer)…

Book Report: North

I, like most people, first heard about Scott Jurek from Christopher McDougall’s now-infamous book Born to Run—the incredible story introducing the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico’s Copper Canyons to the world and some of the most accomplished runners. Since first learning of Scott, he has written and published his own books: Eat and Run, detailing his life…

Book Report: On the Nose

I was excited when Han’s Florine’s book On the Nose: A LifeLong Obsession with Yosemite’s Most Iconic Climb arrived in my mailbox. For years, Florine has been popping up on my radar, with appearances in climbing movies and magazines; I didn’t know much about him, however, despite those appearances, other than he was seemingly obsessed with the speed…