It might sound a bit odd and not-so-related to the question, but have you considered carrying a Kindle? I got used to carry mine along, wherever I go (bagpacking included).
it doesn't get bent corners and broken spine; if you pack it in a good place, it doesn't break at all
a fully charged battery lasts several weeks
it is quite lightweight
I'm not sure if there is something you know about temperature's affect on books that I do not? I would not have thought temperature would be a problem.
That aside, I think the ziplock solution is pretty good. It obviously doesn't provide any rigid support, but if you aren't concerned about that, there are a myriad of dry bags / pouches, map cases & ...
"I wanted to achieve something essential in life, something that is
not measured by money or position in society... The mountains are not
stadiums where I satisfy my ambitions to achieve. They are my
cathedrals, the houses of my religion... In the mountains I attempt
to understand my life. They are the way I practice my religion. In
Notwithstanding Mallory's classic, there is Sir Edmund Hillary's response when it was suggested Mallory may have reached the summit:
I’m rather inclined
to think, personally, that maybe it’s quite important, the getting
Or more fully:
If you climb a mountain for the first time and die on the descent, is
it really a complete first ascent of ...
In my opinion, there is only one! When asked “Why did you want to climb Mount Everest?” George Mallory replied:
Because it's there...
Or more fully:
Because it's there... Everest is the highest mountain in the world,
and no man has reached its summit. Its existence is a challenge. The
answer is instinctive, a part, I suppose, of man's desire to ...
Both are from Wolfgang Güllich - he is known for climbing first 8b (5.13d), 8b+ (5.14a), 8c (5.14b) and 9a (5.14d). By the way, he is the inventor of the Campus Board:
If climbing is an art, then creativity is its main component.
A man doesn't go to drink coffee after climbing, coffee is integral
part of the climbing.
Mt. Whymper in Kootenay National Park, British Columbia, was first ascended by a party led by Edward Whymper in 1901. He also got first ascent at the beautiful Stanley Peak, which is named after the same Stanley as the Stanley Cup, and located just across the highway from Mt. Whymper.
The repetition of the really great alpine routes seemed to us much more interesting than discovering obscure little climbs in remote corners. Like ugly girls, many of the ridges and faces which preserved their virginity until comparatively recently did so more from lack of attraction than from intrinsic difficulty.
Lionel Terray in "Conquistadors of the ...
"Great things are done when Men & Mountains meet. This is not Done by Jostling in the Street." - William Blake, "Great Things Are Done" (c. 1807-1809), line 1.
"A few hours' mountain climbing make of a rogue and a saint two fairly equal creatures. Tiredness is the shortest path to equality and fraternity — and sleep finally adds to them liberty." - ...
There are several equivalents just as there is for the AT. I would consider Halfmile maps combined with PocketPCT.
Halfmile's PCT maps
'Erik the Black' books
PCT Data Book
Pocket PCT (No longer available at this link as of March 2018)
U.S. Forest Service PCT
Yogi's (No longer available as of March of 2018)
Wilderness Press books / databook ('official')
The Textbook/Bible of Mountaineering:
The standard book is Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills. That book covers all of the basics for rock climbing and a lot more topics.
From the chapter titles of the eighth edition, it covers a lot of topics and I have highlighted the relevant chapters.
Clothing and Equipment
"The mountains are calling and I must go."
-- John Muir, the naturalist who had in great influence on the preservation of e.g. Yosemite and Sequoia National Park
The quote may be rather commonly used, but I still like it very much. It can, for example, be found on a large sign at the city limits of the town of Mammoth Lakes.
I found a site that has a number of old climbing photographs from around that time and I think is your best option (that I could find).
Historical Rock Climbing Images 1890s - 1930s
There is also the Yorkshire Ramblers Journal which goes back all the way to 1899 and some of the articles have pictures.
From that one call pull the names of the photographers ...
“Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are nought
without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the
happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste; look well to each step;
and from the beginning think what may be the end.”
-- Edward Whymper, in Scrambles Amongst the Alps.
I like Les Stroud's(survivorman) book called "Survive!". Just like in his tv show, he outlines survival in all different climates and locales. It's very specific and sounds like something that would interest you. There's a great(and short) list of survival books here. Another of my favorites is "Wildwood Wisdom" which isn't locale specific but focuses on ...
Maybe the ROCKFAX? http://www.rockfax.com/climbing-guides/books/northern-england-2008/
By the way, this is a great site for finding info on crags in a given area: http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/map/ - once you find a crag it also lists relevant guidebooks.
If there is a scuba diving store nearby, check to see what they have. I know there is a wide variety of bags and boxes that people use to keep items dry on a boat or underwater. While you may pay a little bit more, you will get something that will last. I have a small Scuba Pro dry bag that I use for canoeing.
Depending on the country rules may change but generally you only need to know navigation rules (i.e. https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=NavRulesAmalgamated) and possibly additional rules for your region (i.e. https://boat.wa.gov/boating/the-laws/). There is basically all you are required to know.
If you have your own sail boat or use friends' boats - that'...
I do not know of specific comic books other than Ultralight Backpackin' Tips which has cartoon illustrations. However it is far from a comic book. :-)
WhiteBlaze features some comic strips about hiking/thru-hiking on their website. And others have also made some hiking-related comics such as Keith Roberts.
But I shall go down from this airy space, this swift white peace, this stinging exultation,
And time will close about me, and my soul stir to the rhythm of the daily round.
Yet, having known, life will not press so close, and always I shall feel time ravel thin about me,
For once I stood
In the white windy presence of eternity.