Grasping for Heaven: Interviews with North American Mountaineers

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Operating in some of the most challenging and dangerous conditions on earth, mountain climbers are uniquely driven men and women. In these interviews, 15 well-known climbers and three leading historians of the sport, all native to or living in North America, recount experiences shared by only a tiny portion of humanity. They discuss all aspects of international climbing, including physical conditioning, high-summit ascension, the ethics and environmental concerns of the sport, the risks and rewards of ...

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Overview

Operating in some of the most challenging and dangerous conditions on earth, mountain climbers are uniquely driven men and women. In these interviews, 15 well-known climbers and three leading historians of the sport, all native to or living in North America, recount experiences shared by only a tiny portion of humanity. They discuss all aspects of international climbing, including physical conditioning, high-summit ascension, the ethics and environmental concerns of the sport, the risks and rewards of mountaineering, and a number of their famed expeditions and first ascents.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786442027
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/7/2010
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Frederic V. Hartemann is a physicist in San Ramon, California. Robert Hauptman is professor emeritus of St. Cloud State University and editor of the Journal of Information Ethics.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Jan Reynolds 1

Preface 5

Introduction 7

Part I Mountaineers 9

Stacy Allison 10

Peter (Pete) Athans 29

Brent Bishop 41

Christine Boskoff 50

Carlos Buhler 61

Charlotte Fox 72

Charles S. Houston 79

Kenneth Kamler 85

Jamling Tenzing Norgay 97

Rick Ridgeway 108

John Roskelley 127

Barbara Washburn 145

Erik Weihenmayer 153

Jim Wickwire 161

Sharon Wood 176

Part II Historians 181

Elizabeth Hawley 183

Maurice Isserman 190

Audrey Salkeld 198

Conclusion 209

Glossary 211

Index 219

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