Sacred Sierra: A Year on a Spanish Mountain [EPUB]
09 July 2014, 10:53
2010 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.36/1.87MB
This is a romantic, utterly alluring leap into Spanish sunshine, remote mountains and rural life. Jason Webster had lived in Spain for several years before he and his partner, the flamenco dancer Salud, decided to buy a deserted farmhouse clinging to the side of a steep valley in the eastern province of Castellón, near the sacred peak of Penaglosa. With help from local farmers - and from a twelfth-century Moorish book on gardening - Jason set about creating his dream. He had never farmed before, and knew nothing of plants, but slowly he and Salud cleared the land, planted and harvested their olives, raised the healing herbs they learned about from local people, set up bee-hives and nurtured precious, expensive truffles, the black gold of the region. And beyond all this they started to fulfil another vision, bringing the native trees back to the cliffs ravaged by fire.
At the same time they became drawn into the life of the valley: this is a book rich with characters as well as plants. It follows the people of the village from the winter rains to baking summer heat, from the flowering of the almond trees in spring to the hilarious, fiery festivals and ancient pilgrimages, and tells the history of the region through folk-songs and stories of the Cathar and Templar past. Jason and Salud lived through storms that destroyed their roof and fire that swept across their valley, but as the year passed and his farm flourished Jason found himself increasingly in tune with the ancient, mystical life of the sierra, a place that will haunt your imagination and raise your spirits, as it did his.
Minus 148 Degrees: The First Winter Ascent of Mount McKinley [EPUB]
02 July 2014, 01:32
2013 | EPUB | 6.01MB
In 1967, eight men attempted North America's highest summit: Mount McKinley (now known as Denali) had been climbed before but never in winter.
Plagued by doubts and cold, group tension and a crevasse tragedy, the expedition tackled McKinley in minimal hours of daylight and fierce storms. They were trapped at three different camps above 14,000 feet during a six-day blizzard and faced the ultimate windchill low temperature of 148° F.
Minus 148 Degrees is Art Davidson's stunning personal narrative, supplemented by diary excerpts from team members George Wichman, John Edwards, Dave Johnston, and Greg Blomberg. Davidson retells the team's fears and frictions and ultimate triumph with an honesty that has made this gripping survival story a mountaineering classic for over 40 years. Minus 148° is featured among many best of reading lists, including National Geographic Adventure's The 100 Greatest Adventure Books of all Time.
Moon Maui: Including Molokai and Lanai [EPUB]
27 June 2014, 15:46
2014 | EPUB | 17.66MB
Longtime Maui resident Kyle Ellison knows the best ways to experience this beautiful island, from catching a wave in Lahaina to hiking through the Bamboo Forest to strolling Baldwin Beach at sunrise. Ellison includes unique trip ideas like Best Outdoor Adventures and Best of Maui in 10 Days, as well as information on dining, transportation, and accommodations for a wide range of travel budgets. Complete with details on everything from the best beaches and restaurants to when to go for whale watching, Moon Maui gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.