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World Mountaineering : The World's Great Mountains by the World's Great Mountaineers

Salkeld, Audrey

Verlag: Bulfinch, 1998
ISBN 10: 0821225022 / ISBN 13: 9780821225028
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Titel: World Mountaineering : The World's Great ...

Verlag: Bulfinch

Erscheinungsdatum: 1998

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: World Mountaineering captures the essence of one of the most exhilarating sports, with rare insights into the lives of those who dare to accept nature's most awesome challenges. Featuring more than fifty of the world's most daunting mountains, from Mount Everest in Asia to Mount McKinley and Grand Teton in North America, this book is organized geographically by continent. Each mountain has a detailed topographical description with its main climbing routes superimposed on extraordinary black-and-white photographs. Practical information includes how to reach the mountains, the best time to climb, which maps and guidebooks are most helpful, official gradings, and details on mountain rescue and insurance. Accompanying the mountain profiles are special feature articles written by renowned climbers, who describe their personal experiences and bring the reader face-to-face with some of the toughest climbing expeditions. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_new_0821225022

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Inhaltsangabe: A guide to over 50 of the world's major mountains, from Khan Tengri in Tien Shan to Mount Vinson in Antarctica. Written and edited by leading mountaineers themselves, it includes detailed descriptions, main routes, overviews of modern climbing and speculations on the future. The history of climbing on each mountain is featured in a timeline.

Rezension: World Mountaineering reaches a new summit. Organized by continent, this splendid, large-format climbing guide features 52 of the world's most spectacular mountains and their climbs, stepping far beyond the mere map-and-route delineations that define many climbing guidebooks. Even if the topographical descriptions and various routes snaking across the stunningly clear photographs were all that were here, that might seem enough. But each mountain's entry also includes an aerial map, a timeline of climbing history, and practicalities such as access, red tape, the best times to climb, and suggested maps and guidebooks to bring along. Essays--written by top mountaineers, such as Ed Webster on Mount Robson, or Hilary Boardman on the Carstensz Pyramid--recount personal experiences with each mountain. Suddenly the alpine world is above, shimmering and stirring, crisp and clear. The only stumble is that only five of these mountaineer essayists are women.

Route descriptions concentrate less on the step-by-step details and more on the legacy of those who have gone before, their equipment, their route's most difficult and salient features, and the official climb grading. Ideas for future climbs on each mountain suggest new routes on which to test and hone skills.

Sure, there are mountains here that one would expect--Everest, McKinley, K2, Kilimanjaro--but, as Chris Bonington writes in the foreword, "We must remember that there are alternatives to Everest.... There is a wealth of superb climbing to be had around the world ... in places where there are few, if any, other people and still no tell-tale signs of man." Bonington gives cautions about the crowding and development of popular mountains; editor Audrey Salkeld introduces the book with a history of climbing and thoughts on the future of mountaineering. In all, World Mountaineering reveals the dazzling array of climbing possibilities and acts as much as an inspiration as a dependable guide to the top. --Byron Ricks

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