If I Live Until Morning: A True Story of Adventure, Tragedy and Transformation by Jean Muenchrath
Publisher: VajraSky Books
Her grand adventure turned into a nightmare. After skiing 200 miles along California's John Muir Trail, Jean faces death from a mountaineering accident on Mount Whitney. Broken and bleeding on the highest peak in the continental United States, she vows to realize her greatest dreams if she lives until morning. Her escape from the Sierra Nevada Mountains turns into a five-day ordeal for survival. Jean's recovery is equally daunting. Her journey spans three decades and takes her from the depths of despair and chronic pain to the heights of the Himalayas. When the specter of Mount Whitney continues to shatter her world, Jean befriends Tibetan lamas. Their ancient wisdom guides her on a path beyond her wildest dreams.
Climb to Conquer: The Untold Story of WWII's 10th Mountain Division by Peter Shelton
Few stories from the "greatest generation" are as unforgettable -- or as little known -- as that of the 10th Mountain Division. Today a versatile light infantry unit deployed around the world, the 10th began in 1941 as a crew of civilian athletes with a passion for mountains and snow. In this vivid history, adventure writer Peter Shelton follows the unique division from its conception on a Vermont ski hill, through its dramatic World War II coming-of-age, to the ultimate revolution it inspired in American outdoor life. In the late-1930s United States, rock climbing and downhill skiing were relatively new sports. But World War II brought a need for men who could handle extreme mountainous conditions -- and the elite 10th Mountain Division was born. Everything about it was unprecedented: It was the sole U.S. Army division trained on snow and rock, the only division ever to grow out of a sport. It had an un-matched number of professional athletes, college scholars, and potential officer candidates, and as the last U.S. division to enter the war in Europe, it suffered the highest number of casualties per combat day. This is the 10th's surprising, suspenseful, and often touching story. Drawing on years of interviews and research, Shelton re-creates the ski troops' lively, extensive, and sometimes experimental training and their journey from boot camp to the Italian Apennines. There, scaling a 1,500-foot "unclimbable" cliff face in the dead of night, they stunned their enemy and began the eventual rout of the German armies from northern Italy. It was a self-selecting elite, a brotherhood in sport and spirit. And those who survived (including the Sierra Club's David Brower, Aspen Skiing Corporation founder Friedl Pfeifer, and Nike cofounder Bill Bowerman, who developed the waffle-sole running shoe) turned their love of mountains into the thriving outdoor industry that has transformed the way Americans see (and play in) the natural world.
The Little Rippers: Volume 1: Here Come the Little Rippers! by Rebecca Munsterer
Publisher: Novel Nibble
Get ready for an exciting ski adventure with the Little Rippers! Brother and sister, Max and Molly Beckett, are looking forward to their annual ski weekend with their grandfather at Powderhound Mountain. But when they arrive, Grandpa tells the kids that he signed them up for the Little Rippers ski group. Max and Molly are worried about keeping up with the other Little Rippers. Wyatt is a waterskier from Florida, Jenna is a well-traveled skier from Colorado, and Chase is a know-it-all local. The group leader, Heidi, does her best to keep the kids together. But after taking a wrong turn on the slope, the Little Rippers find themselves on a mysterious adventure. Will the Little Rippers return safely to Powderhound Mountain? And will they be able to enter the Sunday Funday ski race? Join the fun as the LITTLE RIPPERS find out the meaning of friendship...both on and off the slopes!
The book is no-nonsense approach to learning to ski better. It was written for all those dedicated and passionate skiers who simply want to learn to ski better. Employing an easy to read conversational style with personal stories to which every recreational skier can relate, the book combines the latest in learning theory with simple practical advice.
Kevin tries to overcome his fears while still enjoying the adventure of learning to ski. The courage he gains from the ski instructor and his family provides just the boost he needs. Kevin learns that bravery comes from love, kindness, and encouragement from those you trust.
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