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The Shameless Diary of an Explorer

Author : Robert Dunn
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The Shameless Diary of an Explorer Annotated

Author : Robert Dunn
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Robert Steed Dunn's classic tale of his participation in an early attempt to summit Denali (Mt. McKinley) in Alaska is far from the run-of-the-mill heroic mountaineering book. Through all of his years of exploration and work as a war correspondent, his writing was typified by raw honesty and a keen eye toward the foibles and follies of man. Make no mistake, this account is thrilling. But it's also at times hilarious. The 1903 expedition was small and throughout, Dunn exposes the reality of living with and sharing danger with men who become all too familiar. It reads like a modern Krakauer book. Dunn had already been on one very dangerous expedition in 1898. He would go on to explore the Kamchatka River, cover the front lines in World War I for the New York Post, serve as an intelligence officer, and ride with General John "Black Jack" Pershing into Mexico after Pancho Villa. Review "A classic on exploration. Dunn...alone of them all was an artist for art’s sake" --Lincoln Steffens "[Dunn was] a man bent on adventure and ready to face the dangers and hardships that adventure brings." --The New York Times Book Review Amazon.com Review More adventure books should be like this. In a genre rife with overbearing machismo and braggadocio, this book, originally published in 1907, is a refreshing and at times hilarious take on exploration. Robert Dunn reveals the bickering and frayed nerves, petty insecurities and trivial jealousies that existed alongside the courage, discipline, and determination exhibited by each member of the 1903 expedition that attempted the first ascent of Alaska's Mt. McKinley, the highest mountain in North America. Without downplaying the difficulty of the task, Dunn's honest assessments of the men involved reveals the complex motivations for undertaking arduous exploration and the human weaknesses that are revealed in the process.--Shawn Carkonen

The Adventurer s Handbook

Author : Mick Conefrey
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What makes a good explorer? Adaptability, ambition, stamina, self-confidence, curiosity, optimism, authority—and fund-raising ability. Though few of us will ever have to face a charging elephant, or survive solely on penguin stew, when it comes to project management, crisis aversion, or any number of everyday problems, there is much we can learn from the larger-than-life tales of the world's most famous adventurers. Here, award-winning documentarian Mick Conefrey pulls practical advice from their original diaries and logs, like how to survive an anaconda attack (wait until it has swallowed your legs, then reach down and cut its head off), and how to keep morale up (according to Ernest Shackleton, "A good laugh doesn't require any additional weight"). In addition to the wonderful characters and stories, this book offers many lessons on how to set sail without a clear path home. Answers to some important questions, courtesy of The Adventurer's Handbook: * How many corpses are believed to be on Mt. Everest? Answer: 120 * How is polar bear meat best prepared? Answer: Raw and frozen. * What do you do if attacked by a charging lion? Answer: Stand very still and stare it down. * What should you wear when crossing a desert? Answer: Lots of layers—fabric absorbs sweat and prolongs its cooling action.

Because It s There

Author : Alan Weber
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Presents a collection of poems, essays, and first-hand accounts on mountaineering from such figures as Lord Byron, Sir Edmund Hillary, Titus Livius, and Charles Neider.

In Pursuit of Alaska

Author : Jean Morgan Meaux
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This collection of Alaskan adventures begins with a newspaper article written by John Muir during his first visit to Alaska in 1879, when the sole U.S. government representative in all the territory's 586,412 square miles was a lone customs official in Sitka. It closes with accounts of the gold rush and the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in Seattle. Jean Meaux has gathered a superb collection of articles and stories that captivated American readers when they were first published and that will continue to entertain us today. The authors range from Charles Hallock (the founder of Forest and Stream, a precursor of Field and Stream) to New York society woman Mary Hitchcock, who traveled with china, silver, and a 2,800 square foot tent. After explorer Henry Allen wore out his boots, he marched barefoot as he continued mapping the Tanana River, and Episcopal Archdeacon Hudson Stuck mushed by dog sled in Arctic winters across a territory encompassing 250,000 miles of the northern interior. Although the United States acquired Alaska in 1867, it took more than a decade for American writers and explorers to focus attention on a territory so removed from their ordinary lives. These writers-adventurers, tourists, and gold seekers-would help define the nation's perception of Alaska and would contribute to an image of the state that persists today. This collection unearths early writings that offer a broad view of American encounters with Alaska accompanied by Meaux's lively and concise introductions. The present-day adventurer will find much to inspire exploration, while students of the American West can gain new access to this valuable trove of pre-Gold Rush Alaska archives. For more information go to: http://www.inpursuitofalaska.com

Journal of Ottoman studies

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Richard G Hovannisian on Lieutenant Robert Steed Dunn

Author : Heath W. Lowry
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A Republic of Rivers

Author : John A. Murray
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A comprehensive anthology of nature writing in Alaska and the Yukon by forty-nine men and women; a unique portrait of America's final frontier.

Mystery Beauty and Danger

Author : Robert Hicks Bates
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Writers reveal changing perceptions of mountains -- from places of mystery, to objects of beauty, to challenges to be conquered.

Mountain Men

Author : Mick Conefrey
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An account of the pioneers of mountain climbing traces a century of human accomplishment from the first Victorian enthusiasts to the scaling of the Himalayan peaks, highlighting achievements on such mountains as the Matterhorn, McKinley, Everest, and K2, while providing accompanying archive materials, maps, and photos.

To Stand at the Pole

Author : William R. Hunt
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Details the controversy which arose over Cook's claim that he reached the North Pole prior to Peary.

Denali

Author : Bill Sherwonit
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Denali, "The High One," (Alaska's Mount McKinley) has beguiled storytellers since time immemorial. In this wide- ranging anthology spanning 101 years of published writings - representing both the northern classics and little-known gems - editor Bill Sherwont gives us a taste of rich literary legacy.

Polar Notes

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The Works of George Santayana

Author : George Santayana
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Bradford Washburn

Author : Bradford Washburn
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Years."--BOOK JACKET.

To the Top of Denali

Author : Bill Sherwonit
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Showcases the challenging terrain of the Alaskan peak while exploring the skill required to dare its slopes

The Belgica Expedition Centennial

Author : Claude de Broyer
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The Belgica expedition to Antarctica returned with an important scientific harvest and a complete annual cycle of observations. A century later, this book tries to enlighten some aspects of this expedition and commemorates its participants by looking back to their achievements and the great influence they had on subsequent Antarctic research and exploration.

The Letters of George Santayana bk 1 1868 1909

Author : George Santayana
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Breaking Trail

Author : David M. Dean
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The Mountain Spirit

Author : Michael Tobias
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Photographs and essays by leading authorities in the field provide diverse perspectives on the aesthetics of mountains and mountain climbing