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The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow
'A couple of quiet weeks sailing the River Severn was the intention. Somehow things got out of hand - a year later I had reached Romania and was still going...' Truly hilarious books are rare, even rarer are those based on real events. Join A.J. Mackinnon, your charming and eccentric guide, on an amazing voyage in a boat called Jack de Crow. Equipped with his cheerful optimism and a pith helmet, this Australian Odysseus in a dinghy travels from the borders of North Wales to the Black Sea - 4,900 kilometres over salt and fresh water, under sail, at the oars, or at the end of a tow-rope - through twelve countries, 282 locks and numerous trials and adventures, including an encounter with Balkan pirates. Along the way he experiences the kindness of strangers, gets very lost, and perfects the art of slow travel.
The Living Rock
Living Rock Press
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In The Living Rock Michael Meadows describes the origins of climbing in eastern Australia since 1988. Well received by the climbing community for its engaging and informative history, this compelling book covers the earliest ascents to the more recent endeavours. Telling stories of postwar climbing in Queensland, this book provides a comprehensive history of climbing in Australia, covering inspirational and educational tales of rock and mountain climbing. If you love to explore new heights or you just enjoy a good read, pick up a copy of The Living Rock by Michael Meadows.
Rock Climbing Down Under
Rock Climbing Down Under offers something for everyone that has any affiliation with rock climbing. Photographer Simon Carter completely suspends us in 21 of Australia's climbing scenes. Accompanying the mesmerizing photography are area introductions and personal stories written by no fewer than 80 climbers. Thread by thread, the climbers' stories weave a magical sentiment throughout the book. Kim Carrigan, John Fantini, Dave Jones, Kevin Lindorff, Neil Monteith, Chris Webb Parsons, and Mike Law are only some of the 80 talented climbing authors found in the book. The images taken by Simon Carter combined with the stories written by the most significant contributors to the history and culture of Australian climbing make Rock Climbing Down Under a textural masterpiece that will awaken all of your senses; an unprecedented expose of Australian climbing.
Into the Silence
For Mallory, as for all of his generation, death was but 'a frail barrier that men crossed, smiling and gallant, every day'. As climbers they accepted a degree of risk unimaginable before the war. What mattered now was how one lived, and the moments of being alive. While the quest for Mount Everest may have begun as a grand imperial gesture, it ended as a mission of revival for a country and a lost generation bled white by war. In a monumental work of history and adventure, Davis asks not whether George Mallory was the first to reach the summit of Everest, but rather why he kept climbing on that fateful day.
Into the Wild
By examining the true story of Chris McCandless, a young man, who in 1992 walked deep into the Alaskan wilderness and whose SOS note and emaciated corpse were found four months later, internationally bestselling author Jon Krakauer explores the obsession which leads some people to explore the outer limits of self, leave civilization behind and seek enlightenment through solitude and contact with nature.
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