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Da Gitte Holtze tog afsted på 4.265 kilometers vandring fra Mexico til Canada, var hun et sort sted i sit liv. Hun var blevet skilt, hendes far var død, hun havde mistet den identitet, hun havde i kraft af sit job, og hun havde det sidste år været fanget i et giftigt forhold til en mand, der havde slået buler i hendes selvværd.Pacific Crest Trail er en af verdens længste vandreruter, og vi er med Gitte, når hun kæmper sig vej gennem den barske natur - fra brændende ørkenhede til vilde floder i bjergene, med sult, tørst og udmattelse, uventede begivenheder, møder med vilde dyr og med mennesker, der på forskellig vis forandrer hende. Hun er ofte udenfor sin komfortzone, men for hvert skridt mod Canada kommer hun tættere og tættere på sig selv og sit mål om at finde ro og retning i sit liv.
Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Walking by Erling Kagge, read by Atli Gunnarsson. Everything moves more slowly when I walk, the world seems softer . . . From the bestselling author of Silence comes an illuminating exploration of the joy of walking. From those perilous first steps to great expeditions, from walking to work to walking to the North Pole, Erling Kagge explains that he who walks lives longer, and better. After having put my shoes on and let my thoughts wander, I am sure of one thing - to put one foot in front of the other is one of the most important things we do.
Den berejste forfatter Lis Andersen havde egentlig ingen planer om at besøge Færøerne. Men skæbnen ville det anderledes, og i denne bog kan du læse hendes bjergtagende beretning om mødet med klippeøerne i det nordlige Atlanterhav, hvor beboerne kun kan føre deres planer ud i livet, hvis vejret tillader det ...Lis Andersen (1918-2001) var forfatter, globetrotter, fysioterapeut og naturterapeut. Som barn rejste hun rundt i verden med sin familie på sejlskibet Monsunen, og det lagde grunden for et langt livs rejselyst. I 1940 blev hun uddannet fysioterapeut, men efter en voldsom ulykke i 1953 med flere alvorlige knoglebrud til følge, fik hun øjnene op for alternative behandlingsformer. Hun søgte væk fra det offentlige sundhedssystem og etablerede sig som selvstændig terapeut. Udover de mange fysiske rejser søgte Lis Andersen også altid efter et åndeligt ståsted, og det religiøse fyldte meget i hendes liv og forfatterskab.
Der 20-jährige David Lama gehört zu den besten Kletterern der Welt. Sein Vater stammt aus Nepal. Seine Mutter kommt aus Tirol. Seine Geschichte ist die Geschichte eines Jungen, der schon früh herausgefunden hat, wofür er lebt: Felsen, Berge, Abenteuer. In den Bergen muss David nie nachdenken, um zu wissen, was er tun muss. An einem Finger kann er seinen Körper nach oben ziehen, alles passiert intuitiv - wie atmen. David steht für eine neue Generation von Abenteurern, die extremen Sport und extremen Spaß wie selbstverständlich miteinander verbinden.
Vi har alle hørt historierne: Gode råd og velmenende kommentarer fra familie og venner, når vi prøver at leve sundt.Men hvad er sandt, og hvad er falsk i junglen af motions- og vægttabsmyter? Hvad er det vigtigt at fokusere på, hvis man er på jagt efter den sande, sunde livsstil?Bogen her opklarer 100 af de mest almindelige myter om motion og vægttab. Bente Klarlund Pedersen og Morten Zacho giver dig det faktatjek, du behøver, baseret på videnskabelige undersøgelser.Bente Klarlund Pedersen er overlæge og professor samt fast klummeskriver i Politiken og Morten Zacho er projektleder på Center for Aktiv Sundhed (CFAS) på Rigshospitalet samt fast skribent på motion-online.dk.
Få et unikt indblik i, hvad der får mennesker til at løbe i dagevis i ufremkommelige bjergområder, 100 km på et stadium eller 5.649 gange rundt om en boligblok i New York. Hvor det tidligere var en præstation af de helt store at løbe et maraton, stiger ultraløbet i dag eksplosivt i popularitet. Ultraløb er alt over maratonnets 42 km og kræver en helt særlig form for motivation, styrke og udholdenhed – både fysisk og mentalt. Der er i dag stort set ingen grænser for sværhedsgraden. Der er traditionelt færre kvinder end mænd, der løber ultraløb, men antallet er stigende.Journalist Mette Birk Jensen tager os med på sin personlige rejse ind i ultraløbsverdenen, hvor hun møder nogle af verdens sejeste ultrakvinder, som presser sig selv til grænsen for, hvad der er menneskeligt muligt. Og lidt til. I en række farverige portrætter deler de hudløst ærligt ud af deres oplevelser og erfaringer. Hvad driver dem? Hvad får de ud af det, og hvilke råd, kan de give videre? Mød Kristina, som løb 1.841 km alene gennem Iran; Gitte, som tre gange vendte tilbage til Sahara for at løbe 250 kilometer med sin proviant på ryggen; og Molly, som løb 222 km i Himalayas ilttynde luftlag.
Denne bog, skrevet af en dansk bjergbestiger, beretter om menneskets utrættelige stræben efter at komme til tops. Onsdag den 14. december 2005 kl. 22.30 nåede den danske bjergbestiger Søren Gudmann toppen af bjerget Vinson på Antarktis. Det var 193 dage efter at han havde stået på toppen af Mount Everest i Himalaya. På godt seks måneder havde han besteget det højeste bjerg på hvert af jordens syv kontinenter. Og var dermed blevet den første dansker, der havde taget de syv tinder. Med en stålsat vilje og ukueligt mod nåede Søren Gudmann det, som andre kun tør drømme om. Og tilmed hurtigere end nogen anden i verden før ham. Troede han. For når man er oppe i de højere luftlag, er det sjældent, at tingene går helt efter bogen.'Topfeber' er en ligefrem og rå beretning om én mands ensomme kamp mod bjergene og de op- og nedture, der hører med. Bogen fortæller om at overskride de menneskelige begrænsninger og turde gå efter sine drømme. Og om hvad der kræves for at nå sine mål, selv når de er høje eller ligger helt ude i horisonten.Søren Gudmann (født 26. november 1961) er bjergbestiger og civilingeniør. Han er også medlem af 'De berejstes klub'.
Hans Florine is a big-wall climbing legend in his own time. He holds the speed record on the Nose route of El Capitan, a 3,000-foot granite cliff in Yosemite Valley that's considered the Everest of the rock-climbing world. Ascending the Nose takes most climbers anywhere from twelve to ninety-six hours. Florine, along with climbing partner Alex Honnold, does it in an astounding two and a half hours.But Florine's story is not one of super-human athletic prowess; it's one of persistence and dogged determination. In thirty years of climbing, he's ascended the Nose a mind-blowing, death-defying 100 times, more than anyone else ever has, and most likely ever will. In On the Nose, Florine describes the most dangerous, pivotal, and inspirational of those climbs, providing a rare look inside the adrenaline-charged world of competitive climbing in Yosemite Valley. He tells of his very first attempt on the Nose, which ended in failure after fourteen hours, his friendships (and rivalries) with climbing's most colorful personalities, and his battle with Dean Potter to secure the definitive speed record on the Nose-an endeavor that's been called the wildest competition known to man.Perhaps most interestingly, Florine attempts to answer the question why. Why would anyone undertake one of the greatest adventure epics on earth 100 times? His answers provide unique insights on how to live a satisfying life, how to achieve big goals, and how an otherwise ordinary guy can become a rock star.
Vom Autor des Spiegel-Bestsellers "Stille - ein Wegweiser" Er ist einer der größten Abenteurer unserer Zeit. Er war auf dem Nordpol und dem Südpol, hat den Mount Everest bestiegen, aber er war auch tagelang zu Fuß in Los Angeles unterwegs und ist hinabgestiegen in die Unterwelt Manhattans. Er hat die Juan Fernández Insel vor Chile aufgesucht, um dort den höchsten Berg zu erklimmen - weil er in die Fußstapfen von Robinson Crusoe treten wollte. Aber auch als Städter ist er ständig unterwegs. Wochentags läuft er zu Fuß zur Arbeit, am Wochenende bricht er auf in die Natur, die gleich hinter der Haustür beginnt. »Das Leben ist ein langer Fußmarsch«, sagt Kagge. Dies kann ein riskanter Marsch über Gletscherspalten, aber auch ein Spaziergang durch einen städtischen Park sein. Der Effekt ist derselbe: Ein Glücksgefühl stellt sich ein, unsere Gedanken beginnen zu fließen, unser Kopf wird klar, äußere und innere Welt gehen ineinander über, wir werden eins mit der Welt – im Gehen. Denn »der Kopf braucht Bodenhaftung, die bekommt er durch die Füße«. Der Abenteurer und Weltenwanderung Erling Kagge hat sich auf eine meditative Reise begeben, Philosophen, Autoren und Weggefährten befragt und mit seinen Füßen die Welt ausgeschritten und vergrößert. Das können wir auch. Denn »alle Menschen sind geborene Entdecker«. Wolfram Koch, geboren 1962, ist Schauspieler und Hörbuchsprecher. Bekannt ist er unter anderem als Kriminalhauptkommissar Paul Brix aus dem Frankfurter »Tatort«.Erling Kagge, geboren 1963 ist ein Verleger, Autor, Jurist, Kunstsammler, Bergsteiger, Vater von drei Töchtern, er lebt in Oslo. Der norwegische Abenteurer hat als erster in der Geschichte die »drei Pole« erreicht – den Süd- und Nordpol und den Mount Everest.
Beijing 2008, the 100 metres final: Usain Bolt slows down, beats his chest, metres clear of his nearest rival, his face filled with the euphoria of a young man utterly in thrall to his extraordinary physical talent. It is one of the greatest sporting moments. It is just the beginning.Of the ten fastest 100-metres times in history, eight belong to Jamaicans. How is it that a small Caribbean island has come to almost totally dominate the men's and women's sprint events?The Bolt Supremacy opens the doors to a community where sprinting permeates conversations and interactions; where the high school championships are watched by 35,000 screaming fans; where identity, success and status are forged on the track, and where making it is a pass to a world of adoration and lucrative contracts. In such a society there can be the incentive for some to cheat. There are those who attribute Jamaican success to something beyond talent and hard work. Award-winning writer Richard Moore doesn't shy away from difficult questions as he travels the length of this beguiling country speaking to anti-doping agencies, scientists and sceptics as well as to coaches, gurus, superstar athletes and the young guns desperate to become the next big thing. Peeling back the layers, Moore finally reveals the secrets of Usain Bolt and the Jamaican sprint factory.
This gripping account of courage, achievement, and heartbreaking loss tells the story of Bonington's Boys, a band of climbers who reinvented mountaineering during the three decades after Everest's first ascent. The boyish, fanatically driven Chris Bonington's inner circle included a dozen of the most renowned climbers, who took increasingly terrible risks on now legendary expeditions to the world's most fearsome peaks, and paid an enormous price. Most of them died in the mountains, leaving behind the hardest question of all: was it worth it? Based on interviews with surviving climbers and others, as well as five decades of journals, expedition accounts, and letters, The Boys of Everest provides the closest thing to an answer that we will ever have. It offers riveting descriptions of what Bonington's Boys found in the mountains, as well as an understanding of what they lost there.
Denali's Howl is the white-knuckle account of one of the most deadly climbing disasters of all time. In 1967, twelve young men attempted to climb Alaska's Mount McKinley-known to the locals as Denali-one of the most popular and deadly mountaineering destinations in the world. Only five survived. Journalist Andy Hall, son of the park superintendent at the time, investigates the tragedy. He spent years tracking down survivors, lost documents, and recordings of radio communications. In Denali's Howl, Hall reveals the full story of an expedition facing conditions conclusively established here for the first time: at an elevation of nearly twenty thousand feet, these young men endured an "e;arctic superblizzard,"e; with howling winds of up to three hundred miles an hour and wind chill that freezes flesh solid in minutes. All this was without the high-tech gear and equipment climbers use today. As well as the story of the men caught inside the storm, Denali's Howl is the story of those caught outside it trying to save them-Hall's father among them. The book gives readers a detailed look at the culture of climbing then and now and raises uncomfortable questions about each player in this tragedy. Was enough done to rescue the climbers, or were their fates sealed when they ascended into the path of this unprecedented storm?
On 29 May 1953, the summit of Mount Everest was finally reached. The achievement brought fame and honours to many involved - except the man who made the ascent possible. Now, for the first time, drawing upon previously unseen diaries and letters, rare archive material and interviews, Everest - The First Ascent tells the remarkable story of Griffith Pugh, the forgotten team member whose scientific breakthroughs ensured the world's highest mountain could be climbed. A doctor and physiologist, Griffith Pugh revolutionised almost every aspect of British high-altitude mountaineering, transforming the climbers' attitude to oxygen, the clothes they wore, their equipment, fluid intake and acclimatisation. Yet, far from receiving the acclaim he was due, he was met with suspicion and ridicule. His scientific contributions were, quite simply, at odds with old-fashioned notions of derring-do and the gentlemanly amateurism that dogged the sport. This insightful biography shows Pugh to be troubled, abrasive, yet brilliant. Eight years in the writing, closely researched, and told with unflinching honesty by Pugh's daughter, Harriet Tuckey, Everest - The First Ascent is the compelling portrait of an unlikely hero.
On the evening of July 27, 1985, five hikers made a fateful choice to climb Yosemite's fabled Half Dome, even as the sky darkened and thunder rolled. By night's end, two would be dead from a lightning strike, three gravely wounded, and desperate EMTs would be overseeing a harrowing midnight helicopter rescue. Shattered Air is a haunting account of recklessness, tragedy, courage, and rescue, a book whose depiction of Nature's power is tempered by unforgettable portraits of human courage and the will to survive. Listeners are sure to walk away with a newfound respect for lightning-and nature in general-after hearing this incredible true story.
George Mallory's collected writings on his mountaineering - and his motivations. Famously impelled to climb Mount Everest simply because it was there, Mallory made three attempts to be the first to reach its summit, and perished on the third. His writing reveals the emotional life of the mountaineer. With eloquence, Mallory captures the struggles and the rewards involved, the climber's sense of triumph, and experiences of staggering beauty. The reader is Tim Pigott Smith.
On June 8, 1924, George Leigh Mallory and Andrew Irvine disappeared somewhere near the summit of Mount Everest, leaving open the tantalizing question of whether they had reached the summit of Everest twenty-nine years before Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. In 1999, climber Conrad Anker discovered Mallory's body on Everest and helped solve one of the greatest mysteries in the history of adventure and exploration. In The Lost Explorer, Anker and historian David Roberts craft a dramatic account of the expeditions of 1924 and 1999, and ultimately capture the passion and spirit of two men driven to test themselves against nature at its most brutal.
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These well chronicled chapters of Chris's life read like the pages of an epic saga with all the battle and victory, triumph and tragedy, love and loss one would expect of a mythical hero. - Leo Houlding Bonington was a fabulous and very creative climber. He brought Britain back to being a leading nation of climbers. - Reinhold MessnerARGUABLY ONE OF BRITAINS GREATEST CLIMBERS.Sir Chris Bonington memoir Ascent will chartnot only his many triumphs in the climbing world - such as the Eiger, and the Himalaya - but also the struggles he has faced in his life bringing up a family, and maintaining a successful and loving marriage over the decades of travelling the world to conquer mountains. He has undertaken nineteen Himalayan expeditions, including four to Mount Everest which he climbed in 1985 at the age of fifty, and has made many first ascents in the Alps and greater ranges of the world. Along the way we will be fascinated by his many daring climbs, near-death adventures, and the many luminaries of the mountain fraternity he has climbed with, and in some cases - witness their deaths on the rock. The mercurial Dougal Haston; the legendary-tough Don Whillans, the philosopher of the rock Stephen Venables, and the enigmatic Doug Scott, plus many more this will be an expert's opinion on the past sixty years of British/ world mountaineering.In Ascent Chris also discusses his first wife (Wendy)who tragicallypassed away after a long battle with motor neuron disease - his many years of caring for her, and then in his twilight years deciding to return to an iconic climb from his past - The Old Man of Hoy - to summit at the age of 80 years of age. He has now also found love again amidst the sadness and grief. It isa truly inspirational tale. Ascent will be a memoir like no other. Not only a cerebral narrative on what it takes to conquer fear, and learn/ develop the technical skills necessary to climb the world's greatest peaks; what it is like to survive in places no human being can ultimately reside in for longer than a few months at very high altitude, but also how one overcomes emotional obstacles, too, and rediscover what drives us on to happiness.
This is the story of a professional British tree climber, cameraman and adventurer, who has made a career out of travelling the world, filming wildlife for the BBC and climbing trees.
Precisely 80 years on, Stuart Maconie, walks from north to south retracing the route of the emblematic Jarrow Crusade.
'Evocatively written and charming' - CountryfileThe January Man is the story of a year of walks that was inspired by a song, Dave Goulder s The January Man . Month by month, season by season and region by region, Christopher Somerville walks the British Isles, following routes that continually bring his father to mind. As he travels the country from the winter floodlands of the River Severn to the lambing pastures of Nidderdale, the towering seabird cliffs on the Shetland Isle of Foula in June and the ancient oaks of Sherwood Forest in autumn he describes the history, wildlife, landscapes and people he encounters, down back lanes and old paths, in rain and fair weather.This exquisitely written account of the British countryside not only inspires us to don our boots and explore the 140,000 miles of footpaths across the British Isles, but also illustrates how, on long-distance walks, we can come to an understanding of ourselves and our fellow walkers. Over the hills and along the byways, Christopher Somerville examines what moulded the men of his father s generation so reticent about their wartime experiences, so self-effacing, upright and dutiful as he searches for the man inside the man that his own father really was.
Life in the wild teaches us invaluable lessons. Extreme situations force us to seize opportunities, face up to dangers and rely on our instincts. But living a purpose-driven, impactful life can be an even greater challenge...In A Survival Guide for Life, Bear Grylls shares the hard-earned lessons he s learned from some of the harshest environments on earth.How do you keep going when all the odds are stacked against you?How can you inspire a team to follow you in spite of obvious danger?What are the most important skills to learn if you really want to achieve your maximum potential?Bear s instantly inspiring tales from his adventures in all four corners of the globe include his personal life lessons you will never forget. We re all capable of living life more boldly and of having more fun along the way. Here s to your own great adventure!
Released to coincide with the 60th Anniversary of the first ever ascent of Mount Everest and updated with a new introduction from Bear Grylls. On the 29th May 1953 Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay made history as they took their first triumphant steps on the top of the world.On 16 May 1998, Bear Grylls followed those same footsteps, achieving a childhood dream and entering the Guinness Book of Records, as the youngest Briton, at 23, to summit Mount Everest.Taken from his bestselling autobiography, Mud, Sweat and Tears, Climbing Everest tells the gripping story of Bear s gruelling expedition, one which tested him to his very limits and nearly cost him his life.
Bear Grylls is a man who has always sought the ultimate in adventure. Growing up on the Isle of Wight, he was taught by his father to sail and climb at an early age. As a teenager he found identity and purpose through both mountaineering and martial arts, which led the young adventurer to the foothills of the mighty Himalaya and a grandmaster's karate training camp in Japan.On returning home, he embarked upon the notoriously gruelling selection course for the British Special Forces to join 21 SAS - a journey that was to push him to the very limits of physical and mental endurance.Then, in a horrific free-fall parachuting accident, Bear broke his back in three places. It was touch and go whether he would ever walk again. However, only eighteen months later Bear became one of the youngest ever climbers to scale Everest, aged only twenty-three. But this was just the beginning of his many extraordinary adventures . . .Known and admired by millions, Bear Grylls has survived where few would dare to go. Now, for the first time, Bear tells the story of his action-packed life. Gripping, moving and wildly exhilarating, Mud, Sweat and Tears is a must-read for adrenalin junkies and armchair adventurers alike.
Robert Penn cut down an ash tree to see how many things could be made from it. After all, ash is the tree we have made the greatest and most varied use of over the course of human history. Journeying from Wales across Europe and Ireland to the USA, Robert finds that the ancient skills and knowledge of the properties of ash, developed over millennia making wheels and arrows, furniture and baseball bats, are far from dead. The book chronicles how the urge to understand and appreciate trees still runs through us all like grain through wood.
Freddy, Phil and Don are three grumpy old men, travelling at various speeds in the slow lane of retirement, at a loss to understand the mad modern world around them.Their chosen method of escape from all this is a shared weekly hike in the Peak District, come gale, hail, snow or torrential rain. They pass the time bumping into colourful and eccentric locals, but their real passion is bickering among themselves. Not only about the right path to take, but also about where they're all going at the fag end of life. Phil likes to dash up hills trying to beat his personal best, while Freddy plots how to sabotage him - teasing him at leisure and asking deep and difficult questions. Stuck in the middle, Don's only ambition is to stop the squabbling getting out of hand long enough to find a nice pub for lunch.As warm as the wind is cold, as dry as the lashing rain is wet, The Hike is a hilarious tale of bum-warmers, crayfish-fanciers, East German Trabant enthusiasts, bodger philosophers, sticky ginger cake, gorgeous countryside and the subtle art of 'onedownmanship'.
Emma Kennedy's hilarious memoir of wet and windy family trips, NOW ADAPTED FOR THE MAJOR BBC ONE SERIES THE KENNEDYS. For the 70s child, summer holidays didn't mean the joy of CentreParcs or the sophistication of a Tuscan villa. They meant being crammed into a car with Grandma and heading to the coast. With just a tent for a home and a bucket for the necessities, we would set off on new adventures each year stoically resolving to enjoy ourselves. For Emma Kennedy, and her mum and dad, disaster always came along for the ride no matter where they went. Whether it was being swept away by a force ten gale on the Welsh coast or suffering copious amounts of food poisoning on a brave trip to the south of France, family holidays always left them battered and bruised.But they never gave up. Emma's memoir, The Tent, The Bucket and Me, is a painfully funny reminder of just what it was like to spend your summer holidays cold, damp but with sand between your toes.