• Walking, hiking, trekking
      September 2012

      Walking in Extremadura

      Discover Spain's Secret Paradise

      by Gisela Radant Wood

      Walking in Extremadura is the first book in English describing routes in this beautiful but little-known region of Spain. Many are only walked by local people who keep the paths open. Information on some routes exists in Spanish but there has been little for visiting walkers until this book which makes it a landmark title. Key features of the book are: 27 walking routes in six diverse areas of the provincia with a further 20 recommended. Smaller linked walks offering a circular route of over 50 kilometres. Clear and detailed route notes with pointers as to what to look out for on the way. Spanish Geographical Institute maps and GPS references. Three historical city walks, two of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites Notes on flora and fauna and items of historical interest. Beyond its impressive topography what strikes and intrigues most about Extremadura is the element of 'inaccessability' that characterises it. Despite its impressive network of modern roads, exploration on foot is still the best way of uncovering its secrets. This book is addressed to those enterprising walkers who wish to uncover those secrets in this manner. Author's Note: Gisela Radant Wood has lived in the Sierra Montánchez since 2006 where she spends her time, as she herself puts it, "living the countryside life". This is her first book.

    • Travel & holiday

      Hiking Circuits in Rocky Mountain National Park

      by Jack P. Hailman, Elizabeth D. Hailman

      This is the first guide dedicated entirely to the loop trails of Rocky Mountain National Park, trails that return hikers to their starting point without the necessity of retracing steps or walking on roads. Having explored the park extensively for over 30 years, Jack and Elizabeth Hailman describe and map 33 circuits and component loops, with detailed driving instructions to the access points. Circuits range from a 15-minute stroll around a lake to strenuous all-day outings in the high country and even a few multi-day backpacking trips. Side trips are often recommended for viewing a scenic waterfall, summit, lake, or other natural feature. A convenient table lists circuits by walking time, allowing hikers to choose loops designed to fit their schedules.

    • Biography & True Stories
      March 2011

      7x7 - Seven Peaks Seven Islands

      British mountaineer Nigel Vardy lost all his toes and fingertips yet continues to climb

      by Nigel Vardy

      In 1999 British mountaineer Nigel Vardy lost all his toes, fingertips and suffered severe heel damage trapped overnight in a savage, life-threatening storm below the summit of Mt. McKinley, North America's highest mountain. This is an inspiring, highly-readable personal account of how he went on to climb the highest mountains on the world's seven largest islands, from the frozen Arctic to jungle-clad active volcanoes, despite his foot damage that would have crippled most of us. Nigel epitomises the life principle that "The only limits in our lives are those we accept ourselves", challenging each of us to examine our own lives and goals once again.

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      June 2016

      Play Golf Forever

      A physiotherapist's guide to golf fitness and health for the over 50s

      by Suzanne Clark

      Play Golf Forever is a practical guide to slowing down the gradual decline in your body as you get older. Suzanne Clark has 30 years' experience as a physiotherapist and is a keen, all-round sports player. She explains in layman's terms how your body works when you play golf and what you can do to make it healthier and fitter to enable you to play for longer. She describes how to strengthen key muscles as part of the everyday tasks you already do, how to prevent injury and what to do if you are injured. This book is for all the over 50s who want to keep playing golf.

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      February 2008

      Once Bitten

      by Nigel Vardy

      An inspirational read that will take you to one of the last great frontiers, the mighty Mt McKinley, and an expedition that not only challenged a team of British Mountaineers both physically, mentally and morally, but a trip that nearly cost them their lives. This book takes you on a journey through life changing decisions, both on the Mountain, and on Nigel's long road to recovery after sustaining severe frostbite. Nigel's story was filmed as part of the 'Alive' series by Darlow Smithson Productions for Channel 4 / Discovery Channel.

    • 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000
      November 2016

      Thomas Arthur Leonard and the Co-operative Holidays Association

      Joy in widest commonalty spread

      by Author(s): Douglas George Hope

      This book focuses on Thomas Arthur Leonard, a Congregational minister in Colne, Lancashire in the 1890s, and the Co-operative Holidays Association, which he founded in 1893. The Co-operative Holidays Association, which was re-named the Countrywide Holidays Association in 1964, but was always affectionately known as the CHA, operated as an independent provider of outdoor holidays until 2002.Leonard left the CHA in 1913 to establish the Holiday Fellowship, an organisation with similar ideals to the CHA, which continues to trade as HF Holidays. Leonard was also instrumental in the establishment of the Youth Hostels Association in 1930 and the formation of the Ramblers’ Association in 1935, of which he was the first President. He strongly supported the National Trust, founded in 1895, and was a stalwart of the campaign for national parks during the 1930s. He was a founder member of the Friends of the Lake District in 1934, and was connected with a number of other outdoor holiday organisations. This book details the life and achievements of this extraordinary man, who rebelled against the conventionality of the 1880s and 1890s and was appalled by the dull and grim lives of artisans and textile workers in the industrial north of England. It also tells the story of the CHA, which pioneered walking holidays in the outdoors for working people, from its foundation in 1893 to its demise in 2004. The book describes how the CHA faced the challenges of changing social, economic and cultural conditions during the twentieth century, such as increasing affluence and consumer choice, changing cultural attitudes and expectations, the popularisation of outdoor recreation and the proliferation of outdoor holiday providers. It shows how the CHA drifted away from its original ideals in an attempt to remain viable in the face of increasing consumerism, but, nevertheless, continued to provide holidays for thousands of people based on healthy recreation and quiet enjoyment, and the principles of friendship and fellowship.

    • 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000
      November 2016

      Thomas Arthur Leonard and the Co-operative Holidays Association

      Joy in widest commonalty spread

      by Author(s): Douglas George Hope

      This book focuses on Thomas Arthur Leonard, a Congregational minister in Colne, Lancashire in the 1890s, and the Co-operative Holidays Association, which he founded in 1893. The Co-operative Holidays Association, which was re-named the Countrywide Holidays Association in 1964, but was always affectionately known as the CHA, operated as an independent provider of outdoor holidays until 2002.Leonard left the CHA in 1913 to establish the Holiday Fellowship, an organisation with similar ideals to the CHA, which continues to trade as HF Holidays. Leonard was also instrumental in the establishment of the Youth Hostels Association in 1930 and the formation of the Ramblers’ Association in 1935, of which he was the first President. He strongly supported the National Trust, founded in 1895, and was a stalwart of the campaign for national parks during the 1930s. He was a founder member of the Friends of the Lake District in 1934, and was connected with a number of other outdoor holiday organisations. This book details the life and achievements of this extraordinary man, who rebelled against the conventionality of the 1880s and 1890s and was appalled by the dull and grim lives of artisans and textile workers in the industrial north of England. It also tells the story of the CHA, which pioneered walking holidays in the outdoors for working people, from its foundation in 1893 to its demise in 2004. The book describes how the CHA faced the challenges of changing social, economic and cultural conditions during the twentieth century, such as increasing affluence and consumer choice, changing cultural attitudes and expectations, the popularisation of outdoor recreation and the proliferation of outdoor holiday providers. It shows how the CHA drifted away from its original ideals in an attempt to remain viable in the face of increasing consumerism, but, nevertheless, continued to provide holidays for thousands of people based on healthy recreation and quiet enjoyment, and the principles of friendship and fellowship.

    • 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000
      November 2016

      Thomas Arthur Leonard and the Co-operative Holidays Association

      Joy in widest commonalty spread

      by Author(s): Douglas George Hope

      This book focuses on Thomas Arthur Leonard, a Congregational minister in Colne, Lancashire in the 1890s, and the Co-operative Holidays Association, which he founded in 1893. The Co-operative Holidays Association, which was re-named the Countrywide Holidays Association in 1964, but was always affectionately known as the CHA, operated as an independent provider of outdoor holidays until 2002.Leonard left the CHA in 1913 to establish the Holiday Fellowship, an organisation with similar ideals to the CHA, which continues to trade as HF Holidays. Leonard was also instrumental in the establishment of the Youth Hostels Association in 1930 and the formation of the Ramblers’ Association in 1935, of which he was the first President. He strongly supported the National Trust, founded in 1895, and was a stalwart of the campaign for national parks during the 1930s. He was a founder member of the Friends of the Lake District in 1934, and was connected with a number of other outdoor holiday organisations. This book details the life and achievements of this extraordinary man, who rebelled against the conventionality of the 1880s and 1890s and was appalled by the dull and grim lives of artisans and textile workers in the industrial north of England. It also tells the story of the CHA, which pioneered walking holidays in the outdoors for working people, from its foundation in 1893 to its demise in 2004. The book describes how the CHA faced the challenges of changing social, economic and cultural conditions during the twentieth century, such as increasing affluence and consumer choice, changing cultural attitudes and expectations, the popularisation of outdoor recreation and the proliferation of outdoor holiday providers. It shows how the CHA drifted away from its original ideals in an attempt to remain viable in the face of increasing consumerism, but, nevertheless, continued to provide holidays for thousands of people based on healthy recreation and quiet enjoyment, and the principles of friendship and fellowship.

    • Travel & holiday guides

      The Geezers' Guide to Colorado Hikes

      by Stuart A Schneck , Ida I Nakashima

      Written by two self-proclaimed 'geezers' who have shared forty-six years of hiking together, THE GEEZERS' GUIDE TO COLORADO HIKES is the first book aimed at hikers over the age of sixty -- as well as not-yet-acclimatised visitors to Colorado -- who want a glorious outdoor experience with minimal accompanying pain. Fifty-six hikes are described that fit, in a graded fashion, the physical capabilities of most older hikers. While the majority of hikes listed are in the Denver / Boulder area and the nearby foothills, the authors have detailed several routes in Rocky Mountain National Park, Aspen, and Vail that will entice more ambitious readers up into the high Colorado Rockies.

    • General cookery & recipes

      The Backpackers Cookbook

      by Dave. Coustick

      This is a practical handbook for any hillwalker or camper who wants to do more than simply open a boil-in-the-bag meal or some powdered soup on the hill. The recipes included here show that it is possible to eat hearty meals without having to carry masses of ingredients or be weighed down with cans and packets. Hints on how to use fresh ingredients which can range from fish to mushrooms and what equipment is required are included. Recipes include: seven pastas, chicken and wild mushrooms, corned beef hash, lamb with dill, omlettes, fish cakes, chilli with rice, risotto, saute potatoes, steak and onions, bananas in Grand Marnier, pancakes, peach tart and bananas with chocolate. Hot drinks, winter warmers and hot toddies are detailed, and full equipment and fuel lists, conversion tables and worldwide standards are also included.

    • Travel & holiday

      St. Cuthbert's Way

      A Pilgrims' Companion

      by Mary Low

      St Cuthbert's Way runs from Melrose in the Scottish borders to Lindisfarne, Holy Island, off the coast of Northumberland. This new Pilgrims' Companion presents information essential for walking the Way, a field guide to places of interest along the route, an introduction to St Cuthbert and his time, songs, meditations and stories together with ideas and resources for a contemporary pilgrimage experience.

    • Climbing & mountaineering

      Imperial Ascent

      Masculinity, Mountaineering, and Empire

      by Peter L Bayers

      The thrills and chills of mountaineering literature have long attracted a devoted audience of serious climbers, adventure-seekers, and armchair enthusiasts. In recent decades, scholars have come to view these tales of prowess and fortitude as texts laden with ideological meaning. In this book, a comparative study of seven such twentieth-century mountaineering narratives, Peter L Bayers articulates the multiple and varied ways mountaineering and its literature have played in the formation and maintenance of national identity. By examining such works as Belmore Browne's The Conquest of Mount McKinley and Sir John Hunt's The Ascent of Everest, Bayers contends that for American and British climbers, mountaineering is tied to imperial ideology and dominant notions of masculinity. At the same time, he demonstrates how Tiger of the Snows, Sherpa Tenzing Norgay's account of climbing Mount Everest, undermines Western conceptions of mountaineering and imperialism. Throughout this theoretically informed critique, Bayers manages to retain the sense of awe and adventure inherent in the original works, making Imperial Ascent a highly engaging read.

    • Biography & True Stories

      Kilimanjaro and Beyond

      A Life-Changing Journey

      by Barry Finlay. Chris Finlay

      BARRY FINLAY and his son CHRIS sit propped against a rock, struggling to draw a breath on Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. Their destination is tantalizingly close but what happens next will be determined by their health and the weather. In their hands is a Canadian flag bearing the names of over 200 people who contributed to helping a desperate community in Tanzania. Kilimanjaro and Beyond is an award winner that is inspirational, thought provoking and entertaining. Follow along on the journey and realize that nothing is more satisfying than reaching a goal and giving others the opportunity to achieve theirs. Kilimanjaro and Beyond is a very personal account of the author's journey from a sedentary lifestyle to the peak of a mountain at age 60 with his son. It is a descriptive story of his upbringing on the prairies and how it gave him the dedication and perseverance to change his lifestyle sufficiently to be able to reach the summit. Not only is it inspirational, but it provides the reader with an insight into the preparation required and takes them step by step up and down the mountain and to a school to meet some amazing children. The book describes how the events that occurred in Africa were life-changing in two ways. The first was reaching the summit and the realization that almost anything can be accomplished if you want it badly enough. The second was meeting some children who simply make do with what they have and how that can be applied to any situation. In short, Kilimanjaro and Beyond demonstrates the satisfaction that can be achieved by reaching a previously unthinkable goal and helping others to acheive theirs.

    • Fiction
      May 2013

      Hazardous Material

      by Kurt Kamm

      A firefighter battles a his own painkiller addiction and the infamous Vagos outlaw motorcycle gang. When he joins the Sheriff s Department in a drone search for a meth lab in the Mojave Desert north of Los Angeles, an enigmatic aerospace scientist joins the intrigue. Firefighting, hazardous materials, illicit drugs and aerospace technology are brought together in the fourth in a series of firefighter mysteries by award winning author Kurt Kamm

    • Adventure
      April 2013

      General Yamashita's Dream Book: How To Successfully Find Hidden Treasure In The Philippines

      General Yamashita's Dream Book:

      by Aquila Chrysaetos

      This exciting book describes the way in which the Japanese Imperial Family buried vast amounts of treasure in the Philippines during the Second World War. The author has written a book based on his own treasure hunting experiences and created a "How To Do" book so any adventurer can now treasure hunt for lost gold and gems in the Philippines. This book is packed with: 19 sections including a quick reference A to Z guide to Japanese Treasure Symbol meanings. 100 colour drawings of known treasure sites 150 colour photographs of carved treasure symbols, treasure maps and recovered gold and gems. 70 black and white photographs and drawings

    • Children's & YA

      Fools' Gold

      by Beverley Bassett Broad

      The second book in a 4 book historical and romantic adventure Saga which covers the true story of the loss of the General Grant and her cargo of gold in the Auckland Islands in the 1860's

    • Walking, hiking, trekking
      November 2002

      The Dylan Thomas Trail

      by Thomas, David

      An introduction to Dylan's Ceredigion. Follow ancient footpaths and country lanes, passing the villages, farms and mansions where Dylan lived and wrote. Enjoy fine views of Cardigan Bay - and the odd pint!

    • Walking, hiking, trekking
      June 2014

      The Gustav Holst Way

      by Paul Taylor

      ‘The Gustav Holst Way’ is the first guidebook to describe the 35-mile rambling route across the Cotswolds to celebrate the life and work of the composer Gustav Holst. Published exactly 100 years after Holst began work on The Planets, the route visits many of the places that were important to the young Holst as his musical career took wing. Among the highlights are the house in Cheltenham where he was born (now the Holst Birthplace Museum) and several venues in the Cotswolds where he played, conducted and taught music. The richly illustrated guidebook divides the walk into five easy/moderate sections (with four optional detours) and includes detailed maps, points of historical interest and all the practical information you need to follow in Gustav Holst’s footsteps from Cranham to Wyck Rissington. The Holst Birthplace Museum Gustav Holst, one of England’s greatest composers, was born in a Regency terraced house in Cheltenham in 1874. The house has been carefully restored and converted into a ‘living museum’ that captures the atmosphere of the era, both above and below stairs. The most eye-catching of the museum’s collection of 3,000 items is the piano on which Holst composed The Planets, as popular as ever nearly 100 years after it was published. Step inside the Museum and see the piano Holst used to compose The Planets. Find out how he developed into a world-class composer by examining and listening to original manuscripts written when he was a schoolboy in Cheltenham. "

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