Cliffhangers belong at top of reading list


Destination outdoors

November 24, 2005|By CANDUS THOMSON

The days get colder and shorter and many of us move inside to do the bunker hunker until spring.

Put that time to good use by reading Reaching the Summit (DK Publishing, 232 pages, $30), a biography of Sir Edmund Hillary, who with Tenzing Norgay were the first men to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Now 86, Sir Edmund's life has been more than just conquering the world's highest mountain. He has explored remote corners of the globe and returned to the Himalayas to help the Sherpa people. He lost his first wife and daughter in an airplane crash near Katmandu in 1975. And he returned to Everest to urge mountaineers to clean up years of garbage left on the slopes.

The book, an authorized biography by Alexa Johnston, includes personal photographs, expedition telegrams and letters from Sir Edmund's collection.

Pair the biography with the excellent reference book, The Mountain Encyclopedia (Taylor Trade Publishing, 289 pages, $29.95), and you'll be through winter in no time at all.

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