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Movie of the Month: NOVA – Deadly Ascent

Do you want to know what happens to the human body at high altitudes? And the scientific detail behind it? NOVA followed a group of climbers to Mt. McKinley (known as Denali) and produced this highly educational film. Here’s my full review of Nova: Deadly Ascent.

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Book of the Month: Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills

Do you want one book that will cover almost everything you’ll ever need to know about hiking, backpacking, snow travel, rock climbing, and technical climbing? Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills is it! While I can’t say I’ve read the sections about technical climbing (I don’t plan on climbing Everest or K2 any time soon!), …

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Movie of the Month: Touching the Void

As you probably saw in my blog post a couple of months ago, Touching the Void is an amazing and hard to believe story of two young mountaineers who came face to face with death in the Peruvian Andes. While I prefered the book to the movie, the movie has the added benefit of interviews …

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Movie of the Month: IMAX Everest

I love IMAX movies. As a kid my mom used to take my brother and me to see them, and I can vividly remembering soaring over the Serengeti and space walking! Or at least that’s what it felt like when I watched the films. In 1996, a team of climbers led by Ed Viesturs traveled …

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Book of the Month: Into Thin Air

This bestselling book is a page turner – you won’t want to set it down! When he made the decision to climb Everest in 1996, Jon Krakauer was a journalist for Outside magazine (a Hiking Lady favorite!). Little did he expect that 1996 would result in the most tragic year on Everest with 15 deaths. …

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Ed Viesturs has a new book about climbing K2!

World class mountaineer Ed Viesturs is coming out with a new book in October called “K2: Life and Death on the World’s Most Dangerous Mountain.” Ed is the first American climber to summit all 14 of the world’s 8000-meter (26,200 ft) peaks! I recently watched Ed interviewed on The Colbert Report, and you may recall …

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Book of the Month: High Exposure

This book started my obsession with all things related to the Himalayas. I picked up a copy at a local used book sale, because I was intrigued by the cover photo. The author is the famous cinematographer who filmed one of my favorite movies, IMAX: Everest. Check out my full review of High Exposure on …

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Ed Viesturs on The Colbert Report

The world class American mountaineer, Ed Viesturs, was once again interviewed on The Colbert Report. Ed was the first American to climb all 14 8000-meter (26,200 feet) peaks in the world! Now that is quite an accomplishment! And if that isn’t enough, he did all of the climbs without supplemental oxygen! Sit back and enjoy …

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Movie of the Month: Into Thin Air

The 1996 season on Mt. Everest was the most tragic to date. Jon Krakauer was there, and wrote the best selling book that captured the tragic situation. While I think the book is a must read, I can’t say the same for seeing this movie. It was a made for TV movie that I think …

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