Admittedly, I'm a pretty voracious reader. So before I even set foot on Mount Rainier I read as much as I possibly could about mountaineering and climbing. That, inevitably, led to many interesting outdoor adventures and instruction books. For the last 20 years I have been in search of a first edition of "Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills" to add to my collection. Last week I was able to finally secure a copy and I could not be more excited!
Anyone else have an outdoor book collection they are willing to share with the community?
Color me IMPRESSED!
Ha! Most of us that predate the ‘inter-webs’, who grew up (age wise anyway) in the age of REI and hikermore, I mean Campmore catalogs, only had ‘trial-by-fire’ or books, to reference and hopefully learn from.
But it’s getting late on the Right coast , and I’m old and working on an adult beverage, but rest assured, I will respond to this great post!
@Philreedshikes I've got a first edition of MFOTH on my shelf, right next to the 4th, 5th, 7th, and 8th. It is interesting to compare comparable section of the various editions. Rappelling, for example, expanded enormously over the years (and rightly so).
Do you have Handbook of American Mountaineering, 1942, by Kenneth Henderson? That was recommended to me back in 1957 when I became interested in technical climbing and mountaineering. Discharged from the army in 1961, i got my grubby mitts of MFOTH, thank heaven, and that was my bible in my early days in the NPS. Fabulous work!
I've got lots of old stuff handing around...What else do you need??
Here's my 'stack' of 'Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills'. I am only missing the fifth edition. I have two copies of the second edition because the first time I thought I was buying a first edition it was actually the second edition (they used a stock image of the first edition for the photo!). It appears we are now on the Ninth Edition so I'll have to pick that one up as well to keep my collection current.
If you happen to come across a copy of the fifth edition I'll trade you a second edition for it!
Canoeing with the Cree is Eric Sevareid's account of the 2,250 mile canoe journey he took with a friend right after graduating high school. Quite an adventure, to say the least!
Another classic is Colin Walker's The Complete Walker. [The link is to Amazon if anyone wants to buy a copy.] I still have a copy of the second edition, The New Complete Walker. I wonder how many hundreds of thousands (millions?) got their start in hiking and backpacking with the advice from this book.
This is great, thanks! I wonder if that cover photo is one of the first times that style of laying all your gear out for an 'aerial photo' happened? That's a super popular thing to do on Instagram these days! Now I have another book to keep an eye out for!