The Mountain Encyclopedia: An A-Z Compendium of More Than 2,300 Terms, Concepts, Ideas, and People

The Mountain Encyclopedia: An A-Z Compendium of More Than 2,300 Terms, Concepts, Ideas, and People

by Frederic V. Hartemann, Robert Hauptman, Jamling Tenzing Norgay
     
 

This outstanding reference work is the first English-language A-Z compendium on all topics related to mountains, including geological, geographical, and zoological terms, as well as many entries on significant explorers, surveyors, mountaineers, rock climbers, and skiers. Numerous entries also cover related pursuits such as logging, mining, skiing, climbing, and

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This outstanding reference work is the first English-language A-Z compendium on all topics related to mountains, including geological, geographical, and zoological terms, as well as many entries on significant explorers, surveyors, mountaineers, rock climbers, and skiers. Numerous entries also cover related pursuits such as logging, mining, skiing, climbing, and mountaineering. Definitions, explanations, and clarifications are contained in more than 2,300 entries that vary in length from a brief sentence to detailed overviews of more complex subjects. The Mountain Encyclopedia is invaluable as a source of data and information, but it is also enjoyable to read straight through. Featuring 400 breathtaking color photographs of mountains, volcanoes, animal and plant life on mountains, rock and ice formations, and historic shots of climbers and expeditions, outdoor enthusiasts and all others who are interested in mountains will find this a beautiful reference work as well as an engaging read. Black-and-white historical images, technical drawings, and typographical maps of mountains throughout the world illustrate many of the detailed entries. Notable is the fact that many of the entries and photographs are based on the authors' first-hand experiences skiing, hiking, bouldering, climbing, and mountaineering throughout the world to obtain the extraordinary images and data. For readers who are fascinated by facts and figures, listings of the world's 1,000 highest peaks, 4,000-meter peaks in the Alps, 6,000-meter peaks in the Andes, North America's 14,000-Footers, the world's highest volcanoes, major unclimbed peaks above 7,000-meters, and the high points in the 50 United States and the 13 Canadian provinces and territories conclude this essential manual to the mountains.

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Editorial Reviews

CHOICE
With no comparable equivalent, this resource is an easy-to-use, interesting, inexpensive, and worthwhile addition to any reference collection. Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through graduate students; general readers.
Choice
With no comparable equivalent, this resource is an easy-to-use, interesting, inexpensive, and worthwhile addition to any reference collection. Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through graduate students; general readers.
Reference Reviews
Any insider in the mountaineering world will love this book....This will go directly into any self-respecting reference and personal collection on the subject...Likely to delight are about 100 pages of colour photographs...deeply evocative of the compelling attractions and memories of mountaineering....the bibliographic side of this encyclopedia is strong, with an expertly-chosen bibliography...
American Reference Books Annual
A physicist and a reference librarian who are avid mountaineers have compiled this excellent broad, yet fundamental, encyclopedia on mountains. The A-Z listings cover everything connected to mountains, yet are brief, basic, and easy to use....This book is highly recommended for both public and academic libraries.
Reference and Research Book News
This compendium is presented as the first in English devoted to mountain-related topics. Avid climber/US physicist Hartemann introduces the encyclopedia with his reflections on why we are so attracted to mountains. He and fellow enthusiast Hauptman (St. Cloud State U.) feature terms and information on aspects including mountain geography, geology, ecology, sports, and noted explorers and mountaineers. Appendices list the highest mountains worldwide and by region, and major unscaled peaks. Visual offerings include topographical maps, technical drawings, and photographic images. J. Tenzing Norgay, whose father climbed Mt. Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary, supplies the foreword.
Jamling Tenzing Norgay
The vastness of the mountain landscape, both literal and allegoric, is aptly presented in this wonderful book: from the science of volcanoes, to the music of the mountains; from the techniques of ice climbing, to the poetry of a moonrise over a high ridge; from the snow leopard, to satellite cartography; from haunting tragedies to sheer triumph; innumerable aspects of the high realm are presented in detail, along with beautiful color photographs and maps.
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
A physicist and a reference librarian who are avid mountaineers have compiled this excellent broad, yet fundamental, encyclopedia on mountains. The A-Z listings cover everything connected to mountains, yet are brief, basic, and easy to use....This book is highly recommended for both public and academic libraries.
1/1/2006 Booklist
The volume is functional as a compendium of mountaineering information...It could certainly be useful in a public library setting...
Greg Glade
The Mountain Encyclopedia, with more than 2,300 entries spanning from Abruzzi to Zurbriggen, provides a wealth of information on the mountain environment, film, history, music, people, technique, and terminology. Whether researching Saint Elmo's Fire or planning a trip to the Aigulles of Chamonix, this most useful reference will guide you and open up an expansive new world.
Pat Ament
Frederic Hartemann and Robert Hauptman have gathered facts and information from every corner of the mountaineering world, in a comprehensive, instructive, and entertaining reference and guide to the principles and workings of the mountains, climbing, and other outdoor pursuits. This is no mere catalogue, nor is it anything like other books, or even what it might seem to be at the surface. One has to handle, sample, and ponder to understand the true objective of the authors. The overview is unique, making a fresh penetration of ideas and concepts. At times there is a certain high elegance. Hartemann and Hauptman don't shy away from the complexity and depth of their subject.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810850569
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
06/15/2005
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
8.72(w) x 11.28(h) x 1.13(d)

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Pat Ament
Frederic Hartemann and Robert Hauptman have gathered facts and information from every corner of the mountaineering world, in a comprehensive, instructive, and entertaining reference and guide to the principles and workings of the mountains, climbing, and other outdoor pursuits. This is no mere catalogue, nor is it anything like other books, or even what it might seem to be at the surface. One has to handle, sample, and ponder to understand the true objective of the authors. The overview is unique, making a fresh penetration of ideas and concepts. At times there is a certain high elegance. Hartemann and Hauptman don't shy away from the complexity and depth of their subject.
Jamling Tenzing Norgay
The vastness of the mountain landscape, both literal and allegoric, is aptly presented in this wonderful book: from the science of volcanoes, to the music of the mountains; from the techniques of ice climbing, to the poetry of a moonrise over a high ridge; from the snow leopard, to satellite cartography; from haunting tragedies to sheer triumph; innumerable aspects of the high realm are presented in detail, along with beautiful color photographs and maps.

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Meet the Author

Frederic V. Hartemann is a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He is an excellent mountaineer who has climbed in Europe, Mexico, Canada, and the United States. His hundreds of summits include Mt Blanc and Mt Rainier. Robert Hauptman is a professor at St. Cloud State University where he teaches information media and honors program classes. He has hiked, climbed, and enjoyed mountains all over the world for more than 50 years. He has just six peaks to go to complete the 50 state highpoints.

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