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    The Worst Journey in the World - Apsley Cherry-Garrard

    An account of Scott's last expedition. Apsley was one of the group who travelled across antarctica to get a penguin egg.

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    Highly recommend, 'Century on the Crags, by Alan Hankinson - a history of climbing in the Lakes.
    If you have a copy of this, you can find a picture of a well-known Forumite climbing something at E4 6a.

    He was a bit thinner in those days and had hair.
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    Nanga Parbat Pilgrimage Hermann Buhl
    Great book this one.

    Wish I had the neck to fortify myself with a flaggon of red wine before any kind of climb. Hard man indeed.

    Try looking up "Pervitin" (what kept him "going" on Nanga Parbat summit attempt) on the web. Naughty Hermann.
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    Would like to endorse The Wild Places and the Chris McDougall book as brilliant reads.

    Macfarlane's first, Mountains of the Mind is also excellent.

    Just finishing the David Pearce Red Riding books (as they have been rebadged), the last one is "1983". Bleak, brutal but somehow very compelling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LazySod View Post

    Apsley was one of the group who travelled across antarctica to get a penguin egg.
    Penguin egg
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    Thanks for the recommendations. Looks like some quality shizzle mixed up in there.

    I've recently enjoyed A Voyage for Madmen, Peter Nicholls about the Golden Globe Race (first solo circumnavigation). An excellent tale of a group of obsessed, driven, very brave and highly resourceful men.

    Got a holiday coming up and am taking a few with me:

    Bonfire of the Vanities, Jude the Obscure, a few Le Carre books, plus I might just try and finish jodg's Rising '44
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    What I Talk About When I Talk About Running - Haruki Murakami
    I've bought this and will be reading it after my current book (Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds). I'll let you know what I thought in about 8 months' time - I'm not a very dedicated reader.

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    Scott's Diaries (a good read even though you already know how it ends)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Derby Tup View Post
    Penguin egg
    I think it was the result of a heavy night drinking- they needed an egg for the morning fry up.

    (Actually they wanted to look and see if the penguin foetus looked like a dinosaur)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BGSec View Post
    Would like to endorse The Wild Places and the Chris McDougall book as brilliant reads.

    Macfarlane's first, Mountains of the Mind is also excellent.

    Just finishing the David Pearce Red Riding books (as they have been rebadged), the last one is "1983". Bleak, brutal but somehow very compelling.
    I'm reading 1977 at the moment, recaptures the era well, but horribly brutal in places.

    Mountains of the Mind is a classic, how can such a young writer articulate such profound views about the hills?
    Has anyone read 'Joss Naylor MBE Was Here?' It's fiendishly hard to get hold of. Is it any good?

    Keep the recommendations coming

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    I read both those Macfarlane books, and to be honest struggled with them a bit: thought they were a bit overwritten and sort of weighed down by the intellectualizing, if that's a word.

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