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Climbing Everest: a Meditation on Mountaineering and the Spirit of Adventure

by AMENT

  • ISBN: 9780071364454
  • ISBN10: 0071364455

Climbing Everest: a Meditation on Mountaineering and the Spirit of Adventure

by AMENT

  • List Price: $17.95
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Edition: 1
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
  • Publish date: 12/01/1999
  • ISBN: 9780071364454
  • ISBN10: 0071364455
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Description: This book is what happens when a great climber who is also a philosopher and fine writer focuses on why people climb Everest and what they find up there. The reader becomes a member of a climbing expedition that has just summited and is struggling back down. The musings and observations of an exhausted but euphoric emotional state are rendered so effectively that the book is hard to put down. At the same time, Climbing Everest is an introduction to the entire history and literature of mountaineering, a terrain as familiar to Ament as the cliffs of Colorado.

David Breashears, who filmed the Everest Imax movie, says that "Ament's years of reflection and meditation on why we climb and what we gain from our efforts, and the risks we take, are finally, and with great insight, brought to focus on the Everest experience". Royal Robbins, America's most famous climber, calls it "a poetic spoof, metaphysical romp, and volcano of intriguing reflection on personalities and events in the international mountaineering scene".

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