Alpine Americas: An Odyssey Along the Crest of Two Continents

Alpine Americas: An Odyssey Along the Crest of Two Continents

by Olaf Soot
     
 

Alpine Americas is a mountaineer's tour of the 10,000 mile range of peaks from the Arctic to Patagonia. The book combines stunning mountain photography with elegant text that explores the places from all perspectives — geologic, historical, philosophical — as it takes readers up the cold wind-swept ridges of Denali or down into the caldron of a smoking

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Alpine Americas is a mountaineer's tour of the 10,000 mile range of peaks from the Arctic to Patagonia. The book combines stunning mountain photography with elegant text that explores the places from all perspectives — geologic, historical, philosophical — as it takes readers up the cold wind-swept ridges of Denali or down into the caldron of a smoking Mexican volcano.Each mountain grouping is a different chapter. Each chapter focuses on a single element of what the place means to us. Brooks range in the Arctic, it's all about tranquility and the reassurance of seasonal patterns. Way to the South, in Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, it's the chaos and conflict of the natural elements — angry winds and big weather — as the jagged landscape thrusts upward from the cold salt sea. Don Mellor's inspirational words and Olaf Sööt's magical photographs, Alpine Americas is the celebration of the western world's majestic high places.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This stunning book by Soot and Mellor (who previously joined their efforts in Adirondacks Alive) combines superlative photos and insightful text in a tribute to the beauty of the 10,000-mile range of mountains that start in Arctic Alaska and end at Cape Horn, 600 miles from Antarctica. This beautifully printed photographic celebration deserves a wide general audience for its presentation of the majesty of the western edge of two continents-from the Yukon through the Canadian Rockies, America's Rocky Mountains, Mexico, the Andes, and ending in South America. Mellor's text captures the essence of each of Soot's photo, such as his description of the Arctic summit of Denali, where "the air swirls with blinding ice pellets." This exploration of the connections and differences across the Americas substantiates Mellor's belief that, "the more we know about the earth on a grand scale, the better we understand our own small place on it."
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780977849024
Publisher:
Horizon Editions, LLC
Publication date:
10/01/2008
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
13.60(w) x 12.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
9 Years

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