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    Summer Reading: "Beyond the Mountain" by Steve House, plus Book Tour Dates

    Beyond_the_Mountain_cover "22,000 feet on the Rupal Face, Nanga Parbat, Pakistan: August 15, 2004. I take a deep breath and push the honed edge of the knife against the rope. It doesn't cut. I whetted the edge for just this reason. Frustrated, I look at the small knife in the palm of my mitten. I have carried this knife upwards for four days, on a climb where every ounce counts both towards and against my own survival. The rope is sacred, both a symbol and the truest expression of partnership, but if I can cut it Bruce and I can rid ourselves of four pounds and climb to the summit."

    And with that Steve House begins his new book, Beyond the Mountain, the latest title from Patagonia Books. In the foreward, Reinhold Messner says, "[Steve] is at the top of mountaineering. He climbs the right routes on the right mountains in a time when everyone is climbing Everest. He is also a great storyteller: he tells about doing, not about morals or lessons." Beyond the Mountain is available now from Patagonia.com and other online booksellers.

    Steve will soon be embarking on a 20-city book tour to promote Beyond the Mountain with readings, signings and slide shows. Details are still being solidified but we can share dates and times for the first seven stops. Hit the jump to see when and where you can share an evening with celebrated alpinist Steve House.

    Book Tour Dates for Beyond the Mountain with Steve House
    (more dates and locations to come)

    September 1st, Salt Lake City, UT
    The King’s English Bookstore
    7:00 pm – reading and signing with slide show
    1511 South 1500 East
    Salt Lake City, UT
    801-484-9100

    September 2nd, Salt Lake City, UT
    Black Diamond Retail Store
    7:00 pm – reading and signing with slide show
    2084 E 3900 S
    Salt Lake City, UT
    (801) 278-0233

    September 3rd, Boulder, CO
    The Boulder Book Store
    7:30 pm – reading and signing with slide show
    1107 Pearl Street
    Boulder, CO
    303-447-2074

    September 4th, Boulder, CO
    The Patagonia Retail Store
    7:30 pm – reading and signing with slide show
    1212 Pearl St
    Boulder, CO
    720-479-2387

    September 8th, Denver, CO
    The Patagonia Retail Store
    7:30 pm (call to confirm time) – reading and signing with slide show
    1431 15th St
    Denver, CO
    303-446-9500

    September 10th, Ventura, CA
    Patagonia’s Headquarters (The Grand Room)
    6:30 pm – reading and signing with slide show
    259 West Santa Clara St
    Ventura, CA
    805-643-6074

    September 11th, Santa Monica, CA
    The Patagonia Retail Store
    7:30 pm (call to confirm time) – reading and signing with slide show
    2936 Main St
    Santa Monica, CA
    310-314-1776

    September 14th, Palo Alto, CA
    The Patagonia Retail Store
    6:30 – reading and signing with slide show
    525 Alma Street
    Palo Alto, CA 94301
    650-329-8556

    September 21st, Vancouver, Canada
    British Columbia Mountaineering Club (BCMC), ANZA Club
    7:00 – reading and signing with slide show
    #3 West 8th Avenue
    Vancouver, BC V5Y 1M8
    Contact BCMC to confirm details

    September 22nd, Seattle, WA
    The Patagonia Retail Store
    6:30 – reading and signing with slide show
    2100 First Ave
    Seattle, WA 98121
    206-622-9700

    September 26th, Jackson, WY
    Teton Bouldering Project fundraiser, hosted by Center for the Arts
    doors, 6:00 pm
    240 South Glenwood Street
    Jackson, WY 83001
    307-733-4900
    more info

    September 28th, Juneau, AK
    Foggy Mountain Shop/Baranof Hotel
    7:00 – reading and signing with slide show
    134 North Franklin Street
    Juneau, AK 99801
    907-586-6780

    September 30th, Anchorage, AK
    Alaska Mountain and Hiking/Bear Tooth Theater Pub
    7:00 – reading and signing with slide show
    1230 West 27th Avenue
    Anchorage, AK 99503
    907-276-4200

    October 2nd, Fairbanks, AK
    Beaver Sports/West Valley High School
    7:00 – reading and signing with slide show
    3800 Geist Rd
    Fairbanks, AK 99709
    907-479-2494

    October 7th, Portland, OR
    Eco Trust Building
    6:30 – reading and signing with slide show
    907 NW Irving St
    Portland, OR 97209
    503-525-2552

    October 13th, Boston, MA
    The Patagonia Retail Store
    7:30 – reading and signing with slide show
    346 Newbury St
    Boston, MA 02115
    617-424-1776

    October 14th, New York City, NY
    The Patagonia Retail Store
    6:30 (note new time) – reading and signing with slide show
    101 Wooster St
    New York, NY 10012
    212-343-1776

    Stay tuned for more book tour dates, hopefully with a city near you. For more summer reading suggestions, browse our Recommended Reading list.

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    [Steve House and Alpinist editor-in-chief Michael Kennedy see the book in print for the first time. Says Michael, "In Beyond the Mountain, Steve gives us a rare and profoundly personal glimpse of the drive, dedication and focus behind today's light-and-fast ascents." Photo: Christina Speed]

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