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If you want to see something exciting to get your adrenaline up, check out the trailer for the REEL Rock Film Festival! In addition to the Banff Film Festival’s Radical Reels Tour, the REEL Rock Film Festival is another series of exciting short films that will be touring the U.S. this fall! These films are …

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A Woman’s Quest to Climb Everest

I have read many amazing stories about men and women who conquer the world’s greatest peaks – from the most famous American mountaineer Ed Viesturs to the blind man Erik Weinhenmayer and the Korean woman Oh Eun Sun. Most recently I read the story of Vicky Jack, the oldest British woman to climb Mt. Everest. …

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Book of the Month: Himalayan Quest by Ed Viesturs

If you’ve read my blog for awhile, then you probably are already familiar with the most famous American mountaineer, Ed Viesturs. Ed has climbed all 14 of the world’s highest peaks, and what is even more amazing is that he did so without supplemental oxygen! Himalayan Quest was published in 2003, and is a compilation …

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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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