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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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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.  

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OK bibliophiles, here's my first offering: a first edition of No Picnic on My. Kenya, by Felice Benuzzi. I found this one at the famous Outdoor Gear Exchange in Burlington, VT.

The book is a nonfiction account of Italian prisoners in a WWII camp run by the British. From behind the wire, they can see Mt Kenya in the distance. They quietly assemble some food and improvised equipment and break out of camp to climb the mountain.

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Here's another first edition.Innocent (1).jpg This one is another nonfiction account. A British journalist is sent on a last minute assignment to cover an attempt to climb Mt Everest in 1953. Hmmm...

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@TomIrvine 

Did you know that Ralph Izzard served in British Intelligence during World War II under Ian Fleming? The card game in Casino Royale with James Bond was based on Ralph Izzard playing cards with Nazi agents in a casino in Brazil!!!

From one of his many obituaries online: "His tour of duty took place under the command of Ian Fleming, who based elements of his first novel Casino Royale and its protagonist James Bond on Lieutenant Commander Izzard and a card game in which he found himself playing poker against covert Nazi intelligence agents at a casino in Pernambuco, Brazil."

My mind is blown.

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A badass in a suit and tie.

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@TomIrvine 

I just wanted to let you know that I ordered a copy of this today! Thanks for the recommendation!

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@TomIrvine 

I got my copy of this in the mail today. Turns out I got a first edition! A discontinued copy from the Alameda County Library to a used bookseller to me. I’m looking forward to reading it and writing up a book report for @Philreedshikes!

Thanks!

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I wasn’t sure if we’re talking about the Pope, the dictionary, or Ralph Izzard or James Bond skiing on the cliffs above Murren

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