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Anyone have any vintage outdoor books you're willing to share (virtually)?

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! 

@hikermor  @Philreedshikes  @Dmitry  @OldGuyot  @bryndsharp @Dad_Aint_Hip @Rob6  @tadoerner @TomIrvine @johnt I thought you'd all find this pretty interesting!

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Anyone else have an outdoor book collection they are willing to share with the community?

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Another classic from the pre-GPS days that should still be considered essential reading and essential gear for anyone who ventures into the wildnerness: Be Expert with Map and Compass ( free Google preview.) 

Here's the cover photo from my 2rd(?) edition:

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...Wanderer
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well, looks like a lot of dust on the old book shelf, but it was fun going down memory lane. 

Like I have said before, backpacking is like a gateway drug on the way to mountaineering, so be careful out there! lol

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@Philreedshikes These are great, thanks for sharing!

I have read 'The White Spider' more times than I can remember. In your time in Europe did you ever get a chance to see the Eiger? It's on my bucket list...maybe hike to the bottom, maybe not.

I also appreciate your 'Advance Rockcraft' copy. I don't think there was ever more than one edition if I'm not mistaken.

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Heh - I have those books, and yeah, I don't think any other editions were ever published. I bought mine back in the late seventies as a teen. My friends and I did a lot of single-pitch stuff in the Niagara Gorge. 

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That's fantastic! Admittedly, my collection of outdoor-based books is virtually non-existent (so far). I'm hesitant to start because if I go down that rabbit hole like I did with my martial arts library, I'm worried that I'll spend so much money that my wife would probably leave me.  🙂

That said... (runs off to start looking at books)

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“Between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life.” (John Muir)
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@REI-JohnJ That is such a cool book!

Unfortunately none of my books are vintage, but I'm slowly gathering a collection! Sadly most of my books are still in a box, as I recently moved across the country, but this is my most recent addition that I am super psyched to read:

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I feel like we are living through some of your other titles in the background: "How Democracies Die."  Anyway, back to happier topics of discussion.

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I'm not sure what to do with "Great Leaders Have No Rules." 🥸

Happy reading!

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@bryndsharp 

Thanks for sharing! I loved Louv's 'Last Child in the Woods', I had no idea he had another book out. I'll definitely be picking this one up!

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This is a great thread - and I definitely want to add a few volumes of my own. I just haven't had the time to snap the pics and write a bit of commentary.