Vertical World: Conversations with the Masters of Rock

Vertical World: Conversations with the Masters of Rock

by Katie Brown
     
 

Vertical World details the lives and accomplishments of the most influential climbers of this generation, sharing through casual conversation an intimate portrait of each climber, revealing their personalities and drive with great frankness and intimacy. All athletes included are under thirty-five and have broken a major barrier or made a significant accomplishment

Overview

Vertical World details the lives and accomplishments of the most influential climbers of this generation, sharing through casual conversation an intimate portrait of each climber, revealing their personalities and drive with great frankness and intimacy. All athletes included are under thirty-five and have broken a major barrier or made a significant accomplishment within the sport - in all cases, something that will stand the test of time. The athletes represent all areas of climbing, from bouldering and sport climbing to mountaineering and big wall climbing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762740086
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2007
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Read an Excerpt

[from the foreword: "In the following chapters, Katie Brown interviews nine climbers who have made significant contributions to the sport. "These contributions will stand the test of time," she says. Her intent — besides inaugurating a career as an author — is to portray the leading activists of the new generation. She's chosen three women and six men who represent America's current cutting edge of bouldering, sport, trad, big wall free, and alpine rock climbing."][from intro to Chris Sharma: "Chris had fallen off the crux of the Biographie Extension over 30 times, each time taking enormous falls. His tenacity on the route, however, not only proved his talent, but also proved he had the ability to stick with it when success did not come as easily as he was accustomed to. Chris named the extension, Realization, saying that "in French, to realize a route means to send it. Plus, it was very difficult for me mentally, emotionally and physically, so in order to be ultimately successful, I had to "realize" a lot of things about myself during the process." The climb was given the rating of 5.15a, a level that was previously thought to quite possibly be unreachable."]

Meet the Author

As the first woman to onsight 5.13d (Omaha Beach, Red River Gorge, Kentucky) and flash 5.14a (Hydrophobia, Mont Sant, Spain) Katie Brown has been an influential and groundbreaking climber. She began climbing at age 13 and quickly dominated competition at the national and international level. Now in her young 20s, she is a freelance writer and continues to travel the world as a professional climber.

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