Occasionally I get offered books to review that grab my attention immediately. Recently, I was lucky enough to get not one, but three, media copies of books that motivated me, inspired me, and made me wish I got off my butt more often.
Porter Fox’s DEEP: The Story of Skiing and the Future of Snow is a well researched and balanced look at climate change through the lens of the winter sports industry. Part stories, part statistics, part travelogue, this book may inspire you to ski (if you’re not already) and will definitely get you thinking about global warming. Though there are people who still don’t accept the notion of climate change, it seems to me that there should be no question that it’s happening. My bigger conundrum is whether it’s humanity’s fault or just part of the natural cooling and heating cycle the Earth goes through. While it seems pretty clear that Fox believes the former, he does not denigrate the latter, which allows for a civilized discussion for either approach.
In high school and into college, I was fortunate to hang out with a group of guys who were always up for adventures, big and small. Climbing Fitz Roy 1968, is the story of such a group, who drove down from San Francisco to Patagonia to climb a mountain, skiing and surfing along the way. I’ve never done such an epic trip, but my buddies and I were inspired by these guys to surf in Mexico, boulder in Joshua Tree, ski our nearby mountains, and plenty of other more mindless shenanigans as well. The group in the book went on to greater fame and fortune – we can thank trips like these to have inspired such companies like Patagonia and The North Face, directly, and plenty others by example.
If you’re anything like me and have dreams of hightailing it for a far-off frontier, you’ll appreciate Michael McBride’s The Last Wilderness: Alaska’s Rugged Coast. Not only did McBride find as remote a spot as is possible in the United States, he and his wife created a life for themselves by doing what they loved. By water, air, and land, they built an example of sustainable eco-tourism for all to see. Truly a great example of living life large and as close to living this tough ordeal as you can expect vicariously.
These books were sent to me for review purposes.
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