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Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews

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Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
« Reply #15 on: September 03, 2010, 08:20:09 AM »
Medic is right.  The story of Thong Man is in the book.  Unfortunately his story has a really sad ending.

I did sign a bunch of books for Front Street Books, so if some of you, like CedarSpringsBoy, bought the book from there, it might have my signature.  Not that you'll be able to read it.  My wife grumps about my signature regularly  I should have been a doctor.  I'd make more money and have better hours!

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Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
« Reply #16 on: September 03, 2010, 09:55:27 AM »
Quicksilver,

Either Amazon or Barnes & Noble's website takes reviews.

Glad you liked the book.  I was just blown off a 14er (Mt. Huron) in Colorado on Monday by a blizzard.  A friend and I had reached about 13,000 feet when a storm rolled in after threatening for awhile.  The wind started howling and the ice pellets and snow flakes started to pelt us, so hard that it hurt the skin.  We continued to climb for a bit, but after it turned into a whiteout and the tundra started being covered with snow, we decided to back off.  Even with Gore-Tex, we were getting soaked.  With 40 MPH winds, hypothermia was getting to be a possibility.  We only doubted our decision for about 5 minutes.  That's when the first lightning boly hit.  As we raced down to treeline, the thought kept going through my head "I don't want to be featured in someone else's book, I don't want to be featured in someone else's book,..."

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Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
« Reply #17 on: September 03, 2010, 09:57:29 AM »
Good story Laurence--Huron is a gorgeous hike.

BTW, I just bought your New Mexico hikes book.

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Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
« Reply #18 on: September 03, 2010, 01:57:58 PM »
I bet you damn well could do a 14er QS.

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Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
« Reply #19 on: September 03, 2010, 04:45:13 PM »
The easier 14ers have less altitude gain than Gold Hill.  Of course, they also have less oxygen, so maybe it's a wash.  Go for it!

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Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
« Reply #20 on: September 04, 2010, 12:40:58 AM »
It certainly does happen to everyone, especially those  living at or near sea level.

If you are in a position of having to do a "drive by" climb of a 14er, try popping some diamox.   A mild diurhetic.   I was told (and tried ) 1/4 of the recommended dosage (i.e., a quarter of a 250 mg tablet) and it makes a difference almost immediately, with no noticeable side effects other than increased urination.

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Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
« Reply #21 on: September 04, 2010, 09:22:22 AM »
I can't make up my mind whether to go the PWTS or not... Mostly due to my schedule. I would like to meet some of the people that will be attending

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Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
« Reply #22 on: September 09, 2010, 11:42:14 AM »
Laurence will be interviewed online at 1:00 today on local public radio, you can call in, email questions or listen online.
http://kera.org/think

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Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
« Reply #23 on: September 09, 2010, 12:11:51 PM »
When are you coming to Austin?  :crossedfingers:

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Laurence Parent will be signing copies of "Death in Big Bend" at the new Whole Earth Provision Co. store in Dallas tomorrow night at 7 p.m. The store is located at 11700 Preston Road, near the intersection of Preston Road and Forest Lane.

On Saturday at 10 a.m., Laurence will be signing copies of "Death in Big Bend" at the Barnes & Noble across from NorthPark Mall in Dallas.
"I have an excellent profession, but I don't enjoy it near as much as I do when I am in the heart of the wilderness, surrounded by marvelous creations, and efforting to capture what I see and feel so I may share it with others."

-Me 09/12/2011

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Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
« Reply #24 on: September 11, 2010, 06:39:12 PM »
Yes, I need to schedule a signing or presentation in Austin.  I just got back from Dallas earlier today.  Those events went well.  Even Dallas has some Big Bend fans! 

By the way, I tried diamox one time before climbing a high peak when I wasn't well-acclimated.  Took it the night before.  Was up about every hour or two peeing all night.  I managed to make it up the peak the next day, but it was tough.  Maybe the diamox helped with the acclimatization, but the sleep deprivation negated it.  Haven't used it since.

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Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
« Reply #25 on: September 11, 2010, 08:46:22 PM »
can't wait to get my copy :)  maybe I'll catch ya at a signing someday ;)

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Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
« Reply #26 on: October 07, 2010, 01:58:54 PM »
During our recent trip to the park, some friends joined our party on our second day out.  They brought me two books for a birthday gift, Hiking Big Bend, 2nd ed, and Death in Big Bend.  I really enjoyed the stories; my wife would read one or two aloud each night, but it did give me an eerie feeling because we were actually in the bend at the time.  The story about the guy wanted for failure to appear/possession of controlled substance who perished out on the Mule Ears trail had a particular effect since we were camped off the ME trail.  I am also a bailbondsman (hopefully not for much longer).  It was a great story and really had an ominous effect, as it had been very hot and we were drinking water just about as fast as we could filter it from the spring.

I like the book --- a must read, especially for those who feel they can ignore the subtle treachery of the area.

Ah Big Bend, we will soon return to reacquaint ourselves in our ritual of blood, exhaustion and dehydration. How can we resist the temptation to strip ourselves of the maladies of civilization?

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Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
« Reply #27 on: October 08, 2010, 03:21:04 AM »
the only way i know to get your book is to order from the bookstores in Alpine. 

our Barnes & Noble can't get it yet.  if i remember, i found it is listed that they have it, but their internal software says they can't get it.  Amarillo store. 

we prefer not to order anything on line or credit card. 

if you know of a way to pick it up here in amarillo, please PM me so i don't miss a posting. 

i've heard it is great! 

Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
« Reply #28 on: October 13, 2010, 08:37:05 PM »
Quicksilver,

Either Amazon or Barnes & Noble's website takes reviews.

*ahem* we are also equipped for reviews, just no one has used the feature yet! I haven't enabled unmoderated reviews because I have no way to make it bot proof just yet, but do give it a shot if anyone feels spunky! I am technically not working for the store anymore (child rearing instead), but you never really quit a job in Alpine, you just go remote... ha! But do give the reviews option a shot and I'll keep an eye on it over the next few weeks to see if any pop up to approve.

Amy the Book Lady

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Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent - Reviews
« Reply #29 on: November 21, 2010, 12:23:12 AM »
Laurence...I just received my copy yesterday & started reading it this evening. I could not put it down...finished it tonight! Wonderful book with lots of helpful information! Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of it all! The chapter on my father (Riley Knightstep) & our experience on the Rio Grande was very well written! I even learned some things about my father's recovery that I did not know! It did take me a while to locate a copy of the book...finally found it in Alpine...& I'm so glad that I did!

-Nova Lea Knightstep-Montgomery

 


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