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To the Summit: 50 Mountains that Lure, Inspire and Challenge

To the Summit: 50 Mountains that Lure, Inspire and Challenge

by Joseph Poindexter
     
 

Introduction by Stacy Allison, the first American woman to successfully climb Mt. Everest. This wondrous large-format book, full of dramatic full-color spreads and in-depth text, takes armchair adventurers as well as experienced climbers to their heavens—the peaks of the 50 most awe-inspiring mountains in the world. Moving stories of staggering altitudes, the

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Introduction by Stacy Allison, the first American woman to successfully climb Mt. Everest. This wondrous large-format book, full of dramatic full-color spreads and in-depth text, takes armchair adventurers as well as experienced climbers to their heavens—the peaks of the 50 most awe-inspiring mountains in the world. Moving stories of staggering altitudes, the sheer will to survive and the quest for the summits inspire readers with the adventurer's spirit that has put mountain climbing at the height of its popularity. Organized geographically by continent, each chapter covers a different mountain: its history, physical characteristics, route descriptions and famous ascents. Excerpts from detailed accounts of legendary expeditions will thrill and shock readers including Jon Krakauer on the tragic 1996 season on Everest. Includes biographies of Sir Edmund Hillary, Stacy Allison, Chris Bonington and other noted climbers. From Mt. Everest and K2 in the Himalayas to Denali in Alaska, Mt. Rainier in Washington and Mt. Eiger in the Alps, mountains all over the world are captured in vivid color photos from expeditions new and old.

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Library Journal
Mountains have always been an integral part of human history, and journalist Poindexter, an accomplished climber, has produced what could well be the ultimate mountain book. Many of the names are magical: Everest, Denali, Devil's Tower. Others bring to mind memorable vacations: Rainier, Mont Blanc, Grand Teton. Still others remain shrouded in mystery: K-2, Chimborazo, Kanchenjunga. Poindexter combines spectacular photographs of the world's great mountains with the personal narratives of those who have met their challenge. Along with the highest peaks on all seven continents and others that play a major role in the lives of people living near them, Poindexter provides a thrilling introduction to the sport of climbing. He discusses the mythology surrounding many of the peaks as well as the political forces that affect the accessibility of certain areas. A wealth of statistics only adds to the overall enjoyment, and the comprehensive bibliography and glossary make this a valuable reference tool as well. Very highly recommended for all public libraries.--Joseph L. Carlson, Vandenberg Air Force Base Lib., CA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781579120412
Publisher:
Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/10/1998
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
10.50(w) x 14.32(h) x 1.21(d)

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Meet the Author

Joseph Poindexter has written and edited for Life, People, Business Week and other magazines. His affection for mountains dates to childhood hikes in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. He has climbed in the U.S., Mexico, Europe and the Pamirs of Tajikstan. He and his family live in Brooklyn, New York.

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