AAC Green Mountain Book Club UPDATE
Update from AAC Green Mountain Book Club organizer Greg Glade:
We had a great May meeting where we discussed Bernadette McDonald’s ‘Freedom Climbers’, a terrific book which everyone appeared to enjoy reading. We had several readings of different sections which I’d like to see us continue at forthcoming meetings. One theme we talked about was the recurrence of ‘the third man’ in several areas of the book. This brought to my mind a book on that very subject. I was going to pass this on to Steve Ratcliff but will share it here for all:
Geiger, John. The Third Man Factor: Surviving the Impossible. 2009 US, 1st, 8vo, pp.xiv, 299, blue/white cloth
An interesting book discussing how people at the very edge of death often sense an unseen presence beside them who encourages them to make one final effort to survive. Studies include the experiences of Ann Bancroft, Hermann Buhl, Greg Child, Parash Das, Kurt Diemberger, Peter Hillary, Reinhold Messner, Ernest Shackleton, Frank Smythe, Tony Streather, Robert Swan, Rob Taylor, Jim Wickwire, Maurice Wilson, and others. This book was a finalist at the 2010 Banff Mountain Book Festival.
Our June meeting is scheduled for:
We have a trilogy on tap consisting of the following. Feel free to read any or all!
Jon Krakauer – Into Thin Air
Anatoli Boukreev – The Climb
Goran Kropp – Ultimate High
I still have one $5 copy of ITA and one $12 copy of The Climb if anyone is interested.
For July, date TBD, we have selected Felice Benuzzi’s ‘No Picnic on Mount Kenya’. This is in print and available from Amazon or used copies can be found online via ABEbooks.
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