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review 2017-07-30 16:06
DENALI NIGHTS by Mark Horrell
Denali Nights: A commercial expedition to climb Mt McKinley's West Buttress (Footsteps on the Mountain travel diaries Book 20) - Mark Horrell

Mark Horrell goes on an expedition to climb Denali's peak. He talks about what their group and guides did during that time. This time, unfortunately, weather kept them from reaching the peak.

I liked the daily journal of what was happening each day. I wish he would have explained the climbing terms as well as what a climber needs or should look for during an expedition of this type. I also would have liked an explanation about the Seven Summits.

This is the first time I have read this author. I will read his full length book to see if he explains more about his quest and his climbing.

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review 2016-12-28 02:09
Richard Dawkins explaining natural selection
Climbing Mount Improbable - Richard Dawkins

The most amazing thing about "Climbing Mount Improbable" is that it is an easy read.

 

Richard Dawkins had the talent in explaining things that he knew so well, in a storytelling way.

 

Chapter one Facing Mount Rushmore 

 

How we could usually tell what is made by nature and what is not. But sometimes, it is not the case as the natural progressions is so good that it almost looks like man-made.

 

Chapter Two Silken Fetters 

 

Using spider and spider-web designs in explaining how nature made very complicated things and it is how natural selection works. 


Image result for Richard dawkins spiders

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdtYRJqNe9I


This is a 300 pages book and the first two chapters read like a breeze. 

 

Chapter 3 & 4 The Message from the Mountain and Getting off the Ground

 

The important trend of evolution is that it always progress forward. Even if there is clear advantage for going backward on the evolution design to gain more ground in the future, the body would not act this way. it would also improve the current stage and never go back on the design path even logically it would benefit it in the near future. 

 

Chapter 5 the forty-fold ath to enlightement 

 

the evolution of the eye and how different animals evolve different types of eyes. 

 

 

 

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review 2016-07-08 17:07
The Eagle Tree by Ned Hayes
The Eagle Tree - Ned Hayes

This is a beautifully well-written book that will open your eyes to the beauty and the need to protect the trees that are around you from the tree-tops down to their roots. This book will also help in understanding those that are on the spectrum and how they see those around them.

Fourteen-year-old March Wong knows everything there is to know about trees. They are his passion and his obsession, even after his recent falls—and despite the state’s threat to take him away from his mother if she can’t keep him from getting hurt. But the young autistic boy cannot resist the captivating pull of the Pacific Northwest’s lush forests.

One day, March is devastated to learn that the Eagle Tree—a monolithic Ponderosa Pine near his home in Olympia—is slated to be cut down by developers. Now, he will do anything in his power to save this beloved tree, including enlisting unlikely support from relatives, classmates, and even his bitter neighbor. In taking a stand, March will come face-to-face with some frightening possibilities: Even if he manages to save the Eagle Tree, is he risking himself and his mother to do it?

I loved this book! I highly recommend this book to tree huggers, people interested in climate change, nature lovers, hikers, or anyone that has ever climbed a tree even if you were to scared to climb down.

"I believe in trees. I can touch them. And they have true names."

"Trees do not require you to make certain sounds to be understood. They are simply present and ready for you to climb at any time. Trees are easier."

"Sometimes I think I would like to be a tree. Sometimes I think I am a tree, just located temporarily in a moving body, like one of the Ents from the Lord of the Rings"

"You cannot own all of a tree," I said.

"Sometimes I wish it was not so hard for me to make myself understood. I wish I could plug an electric cord from my brain into someone else's ears so that they could hear how I think and I could understand how they think."

"Human beings are on the cusp of destroying all of God's great natural world, which was originally gifted, according to the scriptures, to the human race, who would function as stewards of this great Earth. We have not been every good stewards in the last century."

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review 2016-06-15 00:00
To the Top: Climbing America's 50 State Highpoints
To the Top: Climbing America's 50 State Highpoints - Joe Glickman,Nels Akerlund Good book with some good info, just not spectacular. Definitely gave me a good idea of what I'd be getting into if I decided to try this! I think the printing quality in the book could have been a lot better...the pictures seemed sadly grainy.
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