Ok, you’ve got one week until Christmas. Game face.
Your spouse/partner/sibling/parent is a climber/skier/runner and you haven’t done anything for them yet. Or maybe, you have all of your shopping done and it’s time to give yourself a little reward…a little something to keep you occupied when you’re hanging with the in-laws. I’m here to help you out.
Lots of blogs like to post a list of Christmas items this year. I’ll let you in on a little secret: it’s because they get a cut of the pie. Commissions keep outdoor blogs alive, this one included. But I object a bit to the blatant Christmas slutting, so I’ve bagged my redundant list in favor of a book list from 2014. Full disclosure: these links do generate a commission if you buy something, but lets just say that I’m not getting rich when I get 6% of a book sale. If you’d rather, you can go search for the books on Amazon and cut me out.
The books are here because I like them. I’ve read them. I recommend them to friends, and I recommend them to you. And better than new ski straps or a chalk bag, books let you give an enabling gift of stoke (even just to yourself). So, without further ado, here are my seven picks for this year.
“A manual for the climber as athlete.”
This is an amazing book for climbers, but I think that this is an amazing book for almost any athlete. Never have I seen training theory so clearly and cohesively presented in writing. Steve and Scott tackle nutrition, athletic and technical training, programming, and mental tactics with clarity and insight.
Steve’s many years of climbing and Scott’s experience with olympic cross-country skiing making this an invaluable resource.Whether you’re a climber or a runner, the information in this book is useful and clear. It’s also far from boring– taking clues from Mark Twight’s Extreme Alpinism, the book mixes in photos and stories from climbers epic-ing and triumphing around the world. It will make you want to train and show you how to do it effectively. Read on →