The Quotable Climber

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In The Quotable Climber, one of our preeminent adventure writers has collected some of the most fascinating, evocative, and humorous comments on the subject into one volume. In these pages you will find pithy sayings from the best writers in the field - Jon Krakauer, Heinrich Harrer, Maurice Herzog Joe Simpson, Miriam Underhill, and Peter Boardman, to name a few - as well as obscure and uncensored witticisms from the many world-class mountaineers known more for their climbing than for their tact. In addition, ...
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Overview

In The Quotable Climber, one of our preeminent adventure writers has collected some of the most fascinating, evocative, and humorous comments on the subject into one volume. In these pages you will find pithy sayings from the best writers in the field - Jon Krakauer, Heinrich Harrer, Maurice Herzog Joe Simpson, Miriam Underhill, and Peter Boardman, to name a few - as well as obscure and uncensored witticisms from the many world-class mountaineers known more for their climbing than for their tact. In addition, there are observations from notable non-climbers such as William Shakespeare, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Albert Einstein, D. H. Lawrence, and Theodore Roosevelt.Derived from hundreds of books, as well as magazines, journals, the Internet, remembered lectures, and even videotapes, these entries proffer one-of-a-kind insights into the romanticism, motivation, and discipline of climbing. With selections that explore the tragedies and triumphs as well as acts of profound will and sacrifice, this is truly a book that will both inspire and enlighten. (5 7/8 X 6 7/8, 260 pages, b&w photos)
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This book is a survey of climbing literature featuring citations from some of the world's leading mountaineering figures and writers, such as Sir Edmund Hillary, Jon Krakauer, Chris Bonington, Reinhold Messner, and Elizabeth Knowlton. Sections are organized thematically (including "Camaraderie" and "Accidents & Epics"), and each section is prefaced by an introductory essay and photograph. Editor Waterman, the author of numerous outdoor publications (e.g., In the Shadow of Denali, LJ 3/1/94), has utilized books, magazines, journals, the Internet, lectures, and videos in compiling the inspirational quotes. This is a unique and entertaining read that complements the vast current assortment of titles on mountaineering, sure to be enjoyed by enthusiasts and armchair adventurers. Recommended for public libraries.--Larry Little, Penticton P.L., BC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585745425
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2002
  • Series: Quotable Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 6.94 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Camaraderie 17
Solo 27
Spirituality and Nature 37
Decadence and Revelry 51
Commitment and Desire 61
Accidents and Epics 71
The Greatest Hill on Earth 85
Famous Climbs 97
Summits 107
Getting Gripped 117
Hubris 129
Humility 141
The Great Divide 153
Gearing Up 167
Female Inspiration 177
Risk and Luck 187
Looking Back 197
Outsiders 209
Why Climb? 221
Who's Who 237
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