A good friend found some book that I might like to read. They are as follows, in order of excitement.
Book #1 The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons byJohn Wesley Powell
John Wesley Powell (March 24, 1834 – September 23, 1902) was a U.S. soldier, geologist, explorer of the American West, and director of major scientific and cultural institutions. He is famous for the 1869 Powell Geographic Expedition, a three-month river trip down the Green and Colorado rivers that included the first passage of European Americans through the Grand Canyon. (Wikipedia)
Yea, that expedition? He did it with one arm. Glance through the wiki and be amazed. This guy lead an amazing life. I have been wanting to learn more of this man after reading some Edward Abbey. This one is the first edition from 1961, an unaltered reproduction of 1895 version of Canyons of the Colorado plus supplementary commentary, photographs and illustrations.
Book #2 Mountaineering, From Hill Walking to Alpine Climbing by Alan Blackshaw
Aw yea, ’60s European climbing, where it all started. It helps to know where you have been to know where you are going. Harnesses? Only if you made it your self. Synthetics? I don’t know about plastic clothing. Sport climbing? Only traditional here, buddy.
Book #3 Adrift: Seventy-six Days Lost at Sea by Steven Callahan