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The Outdoors

December 2011

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The Adirondacks: A History of America's First Wilderness by Paul Schneider Read by Jeff Baker. Reading time 11 hours 59 minutes.
Since the 1600s Native Americans, trappers, loggers, miners, and artists have worked and played in this six-million-acre parkland. Schneider describes the area's social, ecological, and scientific history and the battle for coexistence between the public and private sectors that, in 1894, led to a New York constitutional amendment to keep the area "forever wild."
Download The Adirondacks, DB46197

Adventuring along the Lewis and Clark Trail by Elizabeth Grossman
Read by Ray Childs. Reading time 11 hours 54 minutes.
Travel guide traces the Corps of Discovery's 1804-1806 route across ten states to the Pacific Ocean. Excerpts from Lewis and Clark's journals provide perspective on ecological changes that have taken place since their expedition. Also includes tips on hiking, biking, canoeing, and kayaking adventures. Gives useful contact information. 2003.
Download Adventuring Along the Lewis and Clark Trail, DB56639

All for a Few Perfect Waves: The Audacious Life and Legend of Rebel Surfer Miki Dora by David Rensin
Read by Alec Volz. Reading time 20 hours 38 minutes.
Acquaintances and family members discuss Miki "Da Cat" Dora, who died of cancer at age sixty-seven in 2002. They describe Dora as a scam artist who achieved surfing fame in the fifties and sixties in Malibu, roamed the world seeking perfect waves, and tried to avoid arrest. Strong language. Bestseller. 2008.
Download All for a Few Perfect Waves, DB67074  

Are We There Yet? The Golden Age of American Family Vacations by Susan Sessions Rugh
Read by Eva Wilhelm. Reading time 8 hours 57 minutes.
Presents a cultural history of American middle-class-family road trips in the post-World War II era. Explains the reasons for this summer ritual and its decline in the 1970s. Examines various types of vacations--including heritage, destination, and camping excursions--and their impact on civil rights and environmental issues. 2008.
Download Are We There Yet?, DB72204

Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston
Read by Steven Carpenter. Reading time 11 hours 38 minutes.
Spring 2003. Author's account of becoming trapped while hiking in the Utah wilderness. The twenty-eight-year-old recalls the five days he spent alone in a canyon pinned in place by a boulder. Describes his desperate decision to amputate his own arm, rappel down, and seek help. Strong language. Bestseller. 2004.
Download Between a Rock and a Hard Place, DB58934

Force of Nature: Mind, Body, Soul, and, of Course, Surfing by Laird Hamilton
Read by Erik Sandvold. Reading time 5 hours 21 minutes.
Surfer Hamilton outlines strategies and philosophies that have contributed to his successful career. Details his exercise and nutrition regimens, discusses the importance of family and nature, and describes his various surfboards. Provides comments from other sports and fitness experts, including his wife, former professional volleyball player Gabrielle Reece. Bestseller. 2008.
Download Force of Nature, DB68228  

Great Vacations for You and Your Dog, USA by Martin Management Books.
Read by Christopher Walker. Reading time 5 hours 29 minutes. DB041821
State-by-state listing of U.S. facilities that accept dogs. Categories include ranches, dog camps, resorts, hotels, lodges, cabins, inns, and camping. Each entry gives a description, the dog policy, and the 1995 rates. Includes suggestions for vacationing with a dog in five major cities and general tips on traveling with dogs.
Download Great Vacations for You and Your Dog, USA, DB 41821

Into Thin Air by John Krakauer.
Read by Roy Avers. Reading time 13 hours 39 minutes.
A journalist's first-hand report on the ill-fated Mount Everest expedition of May 1996 in which a freak storm claimed the lives of nine adventurers. Describes the grueling ascent of the climbers, their sense of elation at reaching the peak, and the tragic events that followed. Strong language.
Download Into Thin Air, DB44525

Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific by Raft by Thor Heyerdahl.
Read by Roy Avers. Reading time 9 hours 2 minutes.
Relates how six hardy young Norwegians made a perilous but successful voyage from Peru to Tahiti on a raft of balsa logs. This venture tested the author's theory that the original settlers of Polynesia might have come from South America by following the ocean currents.
Download:Kon-Tiki, DB22841

A Sand County Almanac, and Sketches Here and There by Aldo Leopold.
Read by Bob Askey. Reading time 7 hours 30 minutes.
The "father of wildlife conservation" in America describes his family's relationship to their Wisconsin acreage in this collection of sketches and essays. A forester by training, Leopold calls for land reform and conservation. He examines the ethics of ecology, and urges protection of wildlife and respect for the environment.
Download A Sand County Almanac, DB22841

Savage Summit by Jennifer Jordan.
Read by Erin Jones. Reading time 12 hours 42 minutes.
Journalist profiles the first five female mountaineers to summit K2, nicknamed "Savage Mountain" for its reputation as the world's most dangerous and second-highest peak. Portrays the background, abilities, motivations, and remarkable climbs of three women who died descending K2 and two who perished on other mountains. Some strong language.
Download Savage Summit, DB60346

A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby
Read by Graeme Malcolm. Reading time 7 hours 14 minutes.
The wry account of an Englishman who leaves the London fashion industry for the adventure of hiking into Nuristan, a remote corner of Afghanistan. Accompanied by a Foreign Service friend, he takes a four-day beginner's course in mountain climbing in Wales before departing on their expedition. 1958.
Download A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush, DB50235

The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen.
Read by Ed Blake. Reading time 10 hours 15 minutes.
Account of a journey that began in September, 1973, when the novelist-explorer set out with field biologist George Schaller to the Crystal Mountain across the Himalayas on the Tibetan plateau. Schaller wished to observe the rutting of the blue sheep, and Matthiessen, a student of Zen Buddhism, hoped to find the Lama of Shey.
Download The Snow Leopard, DB14615

They Shoot Canoes, Don't They? By Patrick F. McManus
Read by Jim Zeiger. Reading time 6 hours 43 minutes.
Tongue-in-cheek tales about a sportsman's life. McManus celebrates the hidden pleasures, and the opportunities for disaster, in the recreations of camping, hunting, and fishing. Includes amusing accounts of his dog Strange and an incorrigible old woodsman, Rancid Crabtree. 1981.
Download They Shoot Canoes, Don't They ?, DB 56691

The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard.
Read by David Cutler. Reading time 25 hours 39 minutes.
Epic tale of two-and-a-half years of exploration and survival in Antarctica as recounted by the youngest member of Scott's last expedition to the South Pole. Describes the difficult crossing of the Beardmore Glacier, Cherry-Garrard's scientific mission to obtain emperor penguin eggs, and his discovery of Scott's body.
Download The Worst Journey in the World, DB58594