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The True Peruvian Route: An ascent of Aconcagua, South America's highest mountain (Footsteps on the Mountain travel diaries)

The True Peruvian Route: An ascent of Aconcagua, South America’s highest mountain (Footsteps on the Mountain travel diaries)

by Mark Horrell

Mountaineering is an activity where true elation and deep disappointment thrive in equal measure. Nothing exemplifies this more than the story of Mark Horrell’s two attempts on Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the world outside Asia, and one of the Seven Summits. This is the story of the second happier half.

In 2005 the author set off up the Normal Route on Aconcagua’s western side, possibly one of the most boring routes on a big mountain anywhere in the world. He spent several weeks staring up a huge featureless scree slope, before giving up much too easily on a cold summit day at the instigation of an over-cautious guide who didn’t seem particularly bothered about reaching the summit.

In 2010 he tried the other side of the mountain, a much more interesting climb, and was privileged to be guided by a man who had climbed the mountain more times than any other. It soon became clear to him that you don’t get a record like that unless you really care about getting to the top every time you set foot on the mountain.

It was an altogether different experience, and one with many happy memories. The True Peruvian Route is the author’s travel journal from his expedition, and will be a valuable reference to anyone who is thinking of climbing South America’s highest mountain with a commercial tour operator, or anyone with an interest in mountaineering and the Seven Summits (highest mountains on each continent) in general. The book includes many photographs of the trek and climb.

The Wrath of the Turquoise Goddess: Battling blizzards on Cho Oyu, the world's sixth highest mountain (Footsteps on the Mountain travel diaries)

The Wrath of the Turquoise Goddess: Battling blizzards on Cho Oyu, the world’s sixth highest mountain (Footsteps on the Mountain travel diaries)

by Mark Horrell

In the Autumn of 2010, Mark Horrell set off to Tibet with a dozen other hopeful mountaineers, including an Olympic rowing champion and a former Welsh rugby international, to climb 8201m Cho Oyu, the sixth highest mountain in the world, whose name translates as the Turquoise Goddess in Tibetan.

It was to be an extraordinary season on the mountain believed to be the simplest and safest 8000 metre peak in the world. Battered by blizzards for weeks, many climbers were caught in avalanches, and the mountain was abandoned by nearly all the teams at Base Camp before a single summit had been attained, but perhaps even more remarkably no one had died.

The eventual tally for the season was just two successful summits and one death. This is Mark Horrell’s diary from the expedition, and tells the story of how events unfolded on what was to prove one of the least successful climbing seasons Cho Oyu has seen. It includes many of the author’s photographs.

Marine Diesel Engine Basics - A Beginners Guide to Marine Diesel Engine Maintenance

Marine Diesel Engine Basics – A Beginners Guide to Marine Diesel Engine Maintenance

by Laurence Burgin

No matter what your level of experience you can learn the basics of how to repair your marine diesel engine and know that it is properly maintained.

Learn which marine spare parts you absolutely MUST carry on board. Discover how to make emergency boat repairs on the water!

Whether you are a weekend boater or a long-distance sailor you must be able to maintain and repair your marine engine and make running repairs when on the water. Lack of engine knowledge can lead to disaster!

Covers all the following topics and more:

– The mechanical cycles
– Components in a typical raw water cooled engine
– Fuel system
– Engine layout and engine alignment
– Bleeding the fuel lines, and fuel system schematic
– Changing a fuel filter with complete step-by-step instructions
– Marine engine oil system
– Changing marine engine oil
– Marine exhaust system
– Tools you MUST carry on board
– Additional tools necessary for offshore sailing
– Marine engine cooling, raw water pumps and cooling system checks
– Replacing the sea water pump impeller plus troubleshooting guide
– Electrical theory and systems
– Basic electrical circuits
– Balancing battery usage
– Glow plugs / heater plugs
– Recommended spare parts
– Winterization and dewinterization

Concealed Carry: How to Legally Carry a Concealed Weapon (Concealed Carry Fundamentals)

Concealed Carry: How to Legally Carry a Concealed Weapon (Concealed Carry Fundamentals)

by John Pershing

The road to being able to legally carry a concealed weapon is fraught with perils. One mistake and you could seriously jeapordize your chances of ever getting a concealed carry permit. The laws concealed carry are a tangled web of state regulations that are nearly impossible to navigate.

Concealed Carry vol. 2: How to Legally Carry a Concealed Weapon gives you the information you need in order to legally obtain a permit to carry in your state. It also covers federal law and legal issues that can arise from concealed carry.

This book is a must-read for anyone looking to carry a concealed weapon.

Knockout Kings: The Lives and Legacies of Jack Dempsey, Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson

Knockout Kings: The Lives and Legacies of Jack Dempsey, Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson

by Charles River Editors

*Includes pictures of the boxers and important people in their lives.
*Includes the boxers’ most colorful quotes.
*Discusses the facts, legends, and controversies surrounding their most famous fights.
*Includes Bibliographies for further reading.
*Includes a Table of Contents.

“A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.” – Jack Dempsey

“To prove I am great, he will fall in eight.” – Muhammad Ali

“Everybody in boxing probably makes out well except for the fighter.” – Mike Tyson

During a time when America’s heroes were recognized for toughness and strength, Jack Dempsey was the prototypical “golden boy” of the Roaring Twenties. Just as Babe Ruth, Red Grange, Bill Tilden and Bobby Jones were the signature figures for their respective sports, Dempsey personified the sport of boxing.

Dempsey’s aggressive style in the ring and the punch he packed made him the heavyweight champion by 1913, and by the time Dempsey lost the title to U.S. Marine Gene Tunney in 1926 and retired following their controversial 1927 rematch (a fight known as “The Long Count”), he was one of the most popular and richest athletes in history, and he parlayed that into success in everything from owning a restaurant to authoring books.

The sports world has never suffered from a shortage of self-promoters, but none have ever walked the walk and backed up the talk like Muhammad Ali, boxing’s greatest icon and possibly history’s most famous athlete. Indeed, even referring to Ali just as a boxer does a disservice to the transcendent figure he has become around the world as a living legend.

Of course, the legend of Ali begins in the squared circle, where a young, brash kid named Cassius Clay rose to the top of the boxing world with a style so unorthodox that anyone else attempting it would all but assure he’d get knocked out. But Ali became the heavyweight champ by keeping his hands low, “floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee”, and outboxing heavyweight champions like Sonny Liston, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, and Floyd Patterson. Though he was both loved and hated during his career, since his retirement, Ali has remained one of sports’ greatest icons across the globe, and he has been honored with too many awards to count. Held in awe just about everywhere, Ali has lit the torch at the Olympics, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and received the Presidential Citizens Medal, among other honors.

Iron Mike Tyson was one of the most feared opponents to ever step into a boxing ring. With unbelievable power that floored or stopped all but two of his first 28 professional opponents, Tyson began an unprecedented ascent to the top of the boxing world, becoming the youngest champion in history with a second round TKO over Trevor Berbick, the last man to box and defeat Muhammad Ali. That victory, in November 1986, prompted one British sports reporter to write, “The noble and manly art of boxing can at least cease worrying about its immediate future, now it has discovered a heavyweight champion fit to stand alongside Dempsey, Tunney, Louis, Marciano and Ali.”

Tyson became one of the biggest names in sports during the 1980s and could literally do no wrong in the ring, compiling a 37-0 record with 33 KO/TKOs. Unfortunately, as everyone knows today, the unprecedented nature of his rise is rivaled only by his stunning fall from grace. Tyson lost one of the sport’s greatest upsets to Buster Douglas before going to prison for rape. And when Tyson got out of prison, his career simply became surreal. After winning a few belts back, he lost two bouts to Evander Holyfield, infamously biting part of Holyfield’s ear off out of frustration during the rematch. The man once billed as an all time great was now more of a one man circus than anything else.

Knockout Kings chronicles the lives, legends and controversies of the 3 iconic boxers with pictures, bibliographies and more. Learn about Dempsey, Ali and Tyson like you never have before.

A Mind 4 Golf (Golf For Beginners)

A Mind 4 Golf (Golf For Beginners)

by Philip Stephens

A concise guide outlining how to use your mind to visualise shots before playing them. The positive benefits of these mental golf strategies can spill over into other areas of one’s life, such as at home and at the office. Includes strategies for coping with fear, anger and disappointment.

Concealed Carry: Why You Need to Carry a Concealed Weapon (Concealed Carry Fundamentals)

Concealed Carry: Why You Need to Carry a Concealed Weapon (Concealed Carry Fundamentals)

by John Pershing

Concealed Carry: Why You Need to Carry a Concealed Weapon explains why you should legally carry a gun. Carrying handgun on your person might be the difference between you and your family walking away from a dangerous situation and being carted off in an ambulance…or worse.

Find out why you need to start carrying a concealed weapon on your person today.

Tigers and Tamangs: How not to do a Nepalese adventure travel reconnaissance (Footsteps on the Mountain travel diaries)

Tigers and Tamangs: How not to do a Nepalese adventure travel reconnaissance (Footsteps on the Mountain travel diaries)

by Mark Horrell

“We’re going to spend a few weeks exploring some remote parts of Nepal,” said Mark Horrell’s friend Tina when he met her at a restaurant in Kathmandu. “Why don’t you join us?”

He’d just finished his job the previous week and didn’t have anything better to do with his time, so when she invited him to join her and partner Siling as they went on a reconnaissance to obscure parts of Nepal gathering data for their trekking company, he didn’t need very long to think about it.

When he returned to Kathmandu after a month in Tibet, they set out for the west of Nepal to look for wildlife in Bardia National Park, and a slightly bizarre set of escapades involving the Nepalese Army, a tame rhino, and a surreal rafting trip ensued, all the while carrying out a desperate crusade to see a tiger.

After returning to Kathmandu via Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha, he set off trekking with Siling and his friend Maila in the Langtang and Helambu regions north of Kathmandu. The Nepali mountain boys set off at a brisk pace, determined to test Mark’s fitness after his expedition to Everest. But could he keep up with them?

Tigers and Tamangs is Mark Horrell’s travel diary from the reconnaissance and would be of interest to any fan of adventure travel, trekking and safari. It also features many of his photographs from the trip.

Skiing and Snowboarding (52 Brilliant Ideas)

Skiing and Snowboarding (52 Brilliant Ideas)

by Cathy Struthers

Skiing and snowboarding is the perfect insider guide to finding fun on the slopes. Cathy Struthers, a self-confessed snow and extreme sports addict, provides 52 tips and techniques to help you get the most out of your time on the slopes and off, with beginner’s tips on how to improve technique to advice on choosing the right equipment, overcoming nerves, managing injuries and just as importantly how to have as much fun off the slopes as you have on them. With Cathy’s inspiring advice you’ll have every angle covered before you’ve even set foot on the slopes.

Luton Town F.C.'s 50 Greatest Players

Luton Town F.C.’s 50 Greatest Players

by Paul Rance

A list of 50 of the greatest players to play for Luton Town, together with brief biographies.

Boatingdreams 6

Boatingdreams 6

by Trevor Martin

Novice sailors Trev and Becky circumnavigate the UK, all with no knowledge of boats or sailing

George Male, Super Stalwart (Best XI Legends)

George Male, Super Stalwart (Best XI Legends)

by Kevin Whitcher

Super Stalwart
by Kevin Whitcher

In the team because With no weak foot, there was simply no way past him at a time when the full-backs were the last line of defence

Quote “I was never as good as he was – they were real tough guys back then” -Charlie George
Greatest moment Winning the รข??Battle of Highbury’ against Italy on his England debut, in tandem with six of his Arsenal teammates

Honours 1929-1948 – 318 appearances (0 goals); First Division Championship 1930-31, 1932-33, 1933-34, 1934-35, 1937-38, 1947-48; FA Cup 1936

This article is 2600 words in length and at an average reading speed of 250 w.p.m will take about 11 minutes to read.

My Story Behind Africa

My Story Behind Africa

by Daniel Stone

From blog to e-book. Three months working as a volunteer for an NGO based in Cape Town, during the 2010 Football World Cup.

An emotional story about volunteering and helping children out, about living in another country and in a city such as Cape Town and their ongoing problems with racism.

All the funds made from this book go directly to the South-African NGO LifeZone.

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