Icefall

Author: John All
Publisher: PublicAffairs
ISBN: 1610396944
Format: PDF, Kindle
Download Now
John All has survived encounters with black mamba snakes, run-ins with wild jungle animals, and a brush with death in an icy tomb. No one knows the outer limits of our changing planet quite like him. In May 2014, the mountaineer and scientist John All plunged into a crevasse in the Himalayas, a fall that all but killed him. He recorded a series of dramatic videos as he struggled to climb seven stories back up to the surface with a severely dislocated shoulder, internal bleeding, a battered face covered in blood, and fifteen broken bones--including six cracked vertebrae. The videos became a viral sensation, an urgent and gripping dispatch from one of the least-known extremes of the planet. Yet this climb for his life is only the latest of John All's adventures in some of Earth's most hostile climates. He has also been chased by a wild hyena, scaled Everest, and narrowly missed being hit by an avalanche, all in pursuit of his true calling: the study of how we can master the challenge of our world's changing climate. Icefall is a thrilling adventure story and a report from the extremes of the planet, taking you to collapsing Andean glaciers, hidden jungles in Honduras, and the highest points on Earth. In this gripping account, our changing climate is not a matter of politics; it's a matter of life and death and the human will to survive and thrive in the face of it.

A Speck in the Sea

Author: John Aldridge
Publisher: Hachette Books
ISBN: 1602863296
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
Download Now
Soon to be a major motion picture! Now in Paperback: The harrowing adventure-at-sea memoir ("Terrific."-Daniel James Brown) recounting the 2013 search-and-rescue mission for lost Montauk fisherman John Aldridge. 5:14 a.m. I am floating in the middle of the night, and nobody in the world even knows I am missing. Nobody is looking for me. You can't get more alone than that. You can't be more lost. I've got too many people who love me. There's no way I'm dying like this. In the dead of night on July 24, 2013, John Aldridge was thrown off the back of the Anna Mary while his fishing partner, Anthony Sosinski, slept below. As desperate hours ticked by, Sosinski, the families, the local fishing community, and the U.S. Coast Guard in three states mobilized in an unprecedented search effort that culminated in a rare and exhilarating success. A tale of survival, perseverance, and community, A Speck in the Sea tells of one man's struggle to survive as friends and strangers work to bring him home. Aldridge's wrenching first-person account intertwines with the narrative of the massive, constantly evolving rescue operation designed to save him.

Yukon Alone

Author: John Balzar
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
ISBN: 1429932996
Format: PDF
Download Now
In the tradition of Into the Wild, a story of daring and determination in one of nature's harshest, loneliest, and most beautiful places. The Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race is among the most challenging and dangerous of all the organized sporting events in the world. Every February, a handful of hardy souls sps over two weeks racing sleds pulled by fourteen dogs over 1,023 miles of frozen rivers, icy mountain passes, and spruce forests as big as entire states. It's not unusual for the temperature to drop to 40-below or for the night to be seventeen hours long. Why would anyone want to run this race? To find out, John Balzar moved to Alaska months before The Quest began and he spent time in the homes of many of the mushers. Balzar then spent many days and nights on the trail, and the result is a book that not only treats us to a vivid day-by-day account of the grueling race itself but also offers an insightful look at the men and women who have moved to this rugged and beautiful place, often leaving behind comfortable houses and jobs in the lower forty-eight states for the sense of exhilaration they find in their new lives. Readers will also be fascinated by Balzar's account of what goes into the training and care of the majestic dogs who pull the sleds and whose courage, strength, and devotion make them the true heroes of this story. For anyone captivated by the wild north country, this riveting tale of courage and adventure will inspire and entertain.

Paddling Southern Maine

Author: Kimberlee Bennett
Publisher: Mountaineers Books
ISBN: 1680510746
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
Download Now
• More than 50 paddle routes on protected bodies of water • An easy-to-use, informative guide for trips primarily within an hour's drive of Portland • For weekend warriors, families, and others looking to float or paddle at a relaxed pace Maine is one of the premier paddling destinations in North America. And across the Greater Portland–Southern Maine region, paddlers can find plenty of protected, flat water to play in, whether canoeing, kayaking, floating, or coasting along on an SUP. Paddling Southern Maine includes maps, photographs and suggested routes, with a strong focus on safe and responsible paddling and environmental awareness. There is an "At a Glance" chart to help you find just the outing you're looking for, and none of the trips require shuttling or portaging. The authors note the skill level and endurance needed for each trip, and there are fun outings for novices and strong, experienced paddlers, alike. Co-authors Sandy Moore and Kimberlee Bennett are long-time Maine paddlers. Sandy Moore is a former Registered Maine Guide and ACA (American Canoe- Kayak-SUP-Raft-Rescue Association) Kayak Instructor. Passionate about introducing people to the world of paddling, she believes that kayaking, SUPing, and canoeing are the perfect methods for people with a wide range of abilities to explore nature from a unique and intimate perspective. Kimberlee Bennett is an experienced kayaker who has explored and photographed numerous paddling destinations throughout Maine. She has documented many of her excursions on her blog, www.kayakinginmaine.blogspot.com. She is an educator with 19 years of experience including her role as a special education teacher and in her current position as a high school assistant principal. This is her first book.

This Borrowed Earth

Author: Robert Emmet Hernan
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9780230105270
Format: PDF
Download Now
Over the last century mankind has irrevocably damaged the environment through the unscrupulous greed of big business and our own willful ignorance. Here are the strikingly poignant accounts of disasters whose names live in infamy: Chernobyl, Bhopal, Exxon Valdez, Three Mile Island, Love Canal, Minamata and others. And with these, the extraordinary and inspirational stories of the countless men and women who fought bravely to protect the communities and environments at risk.

Valley Walls

Author: Glen Denny
Publisher: Yosemite Conservancy
ISBN: 193023869X
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
Download Now
Half a century ago a rag-tag group of innovators was building a foundation for modern American rock climbing from a makeshift home base in Yosemite. Photographer Glen Denny was a key figure in this golden age of climbing, capturing pioneering feats on camera while tackling challenging ascents himself. In entertaining short pieces enlivened by his iconic black-and-white images of Yosemite's big wall legends, Denny reveals a young man's coming of age and provides a vivid look at Yosemite’s early climbing culture. He relates such precarious achievements as hauling water in glass gallon jugs up the east face of Washington Column, nailing the 750-foot Rostrum in a punishing heat wave, and dangling overnight on El Capitan’s Dihedral Wall in a lightning storm. Each true tale captures the spirit of historic Camp 4, where Denny and others plan the next big climb while living on the cheap and dodging park rangers.

The Lure of the Quest

Author: John Balzar
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780747271451
Format: PDF, Mobi
Download Now
Every year, equipped with specialist equipment and a team of huskies, an intrepid group of highly-skilled competitors penetrates a porcelain world. It is winter in the sub-Arctic, a season of extreme cold, storms and 17-hour nights, where the snow underfoot is so crystalline that it chafes like sandpaper. This is the Yukon Territory, the start of the annual Yukon Quest, a 1025-mile dog-sled race which ends in the heart of Alaska.

The Education of a Coroner

Author: John Bateson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501168223
Format: PDF, Kindle
Download Now
In the vein of Dr. Judy Melinek’s Working Stiff, an account of the hair-raising and heartbreaking cases handled by the coroner of Marin County, California throughout his four decades on the job—from high-profile deaths to serial killers, to Golden Gate Bridge suicides. Marin County, California is a study in contradictions. Its natural beauty attracts thousands of visitors every year, yet the county also is home to San Quentin Prison, one of the oldest and largest penitentiaries in the country. Marin ranks in the top one percent of counties nationwide in terms of affluence and overall health, yet it is far above the norm in drug overdoses and alcoholism, and comprises a large percentage of suicides from the Golden Gate Bridge. Ken Holmes worked in the Marin County Coroner’s Office for thirty-six years, starting as a death investigator and ending as the three-term, elected coroner. As he grew into the job—which is different from what is depicted on television—Holmes learned a variety of skills, from finding hidden clues at death scenes, interviewing witnesses effectively, managing bystanders and reporters, preparing testimony for court to notifying families of a death with sensitivity and compassion. He also learned about different kinds of firearms, all types of drugs—prescription and illegal—and about certain unexpected and potentially fatal phenomena such as autoeroticism. Complete with poignant anecdotes, The Education of a Coroner provides a firsthand and fascinating glimpse into the daily life of a public servant whose work is dark and mysterious yet necessary for society to function.

Icefall

Author: Walt Stone
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781543017830
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
Download Now
ALICE is not a girl. When she arrives, she will save everyone on Earth from certain death. Or she will kill them all. What remains of mankind clings to the high ground of a world flooded and trapped in a perpetual ice age. Cerebus Command, the rulers of Rhone, the fortress ark storing Earth's carefully preserved biomes, wants nothing to do with the plan to break the shroud hanging above the planet. But any good plan will have a secret backup... just in case. Odessa, a nineteen-year-old MEDcadet, witnesses the murder of her anatomy professor and finds herself in fear for her life. Fighting recurring panic attacks while sailing from her home on Rhone across the Eastern Sea to Earthland, Odessa manages to keep what she's seen to herself. To her horror, however, when the vessel docks, she and her podmates-two who, like Odessa-are genetically engineered, are arrested by the very security force who committed the crime. Reynal Kr�lik, an eighteen-year-old trading post sled driver on Earthland, longs for Clearsky, though he's never known anything but the gray shroud that darkens the atmosphere. After he and his fellow messengers foil an assassin's attempt to kill Odessa and her companions, he whisks them away, only to discover he and she are tangled up on opposite sides of the same secret mission to slam an asteroid into Earth-one for which Rey will be the asteroid driver. Rey and Odessa-along with their friends and a dangerous outlaw-race against time to escape Earthland, but can they evade Cerebus' flagship war zeppelin in order for Rey to complete the task for which he was destined? A destiny Odessa was taught to deny and will fight to prevent? ICEFALL is the first book in the Clearsky Chronicles, an Earth-based science fiction adventure set in a future beset by a catastrophic climate change. For a nail-biting mix of adventure, science, and survival, pick up ICEFALL today and explore this exciting new world!

The Power of Context

Author: Daniel R. Stalder
Publisher: Prometheus Books
ISBN: 1633884015
Format: PDF, Docs
Download Now
A social psychologist focuses on a very common yet rarely discussed bias called the "fundamental attribution error," showing how being aware of this bias can improve our day-to-day understanding of others. Social life involves making judgments about other people. Often these snap judgments turn out to be wrong when we overlook context. Social psychologists call this pervasive bias the "fundamental attribution error." This book explores the many ways in which this error creeps into our social interactions, frequently causing misunderstanding, hurt feelings, and negative treatment of others. Psychologist Daniel R. Stalder examines common examples of this error, from road rage and misinterpreting facial expressions to "gaydar," victim blaming, and prejudice. The common denominator in these diverse examples is that we falsely assume inherent traits or intentions while overlooking situational factors that might explain a person's behavior. Conversely in the actor-observer bias, we explain our own sometimes questionable behaviors by appealing to situational factors. For example, when you tailgate others, there's always a good reason, but when others tailgate you, they are obviously in the wrong. Stalder also reveals little-known information about classic studies of context, considers both the upsides and downsides to bias, and shares numerous strategies to reduce bias. Filled with interesting examples, new insights, and an abundance of research, this informative and entertaining book will help us understand each other and reduce conflict.