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ON BELAY! THE LIFE OF LEGENDARY MOUNTAINEER PAUL PETZOLDT Ringholz 1998 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine 3 Copies Available
By Ringholz, Raye C.
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Seattle, 1997, 1st edition. 238 pp, b/w photos. Hardcover with dust jacket. Small remainder mark on bottom edge of pages. Fine.

Every mountaineer in the western U.S. has heard of Paul Petzoldt and his pioneering climbs and guide trips in Wyoming's Tetons. Most know of his founding of the highly regarded National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) programs. But even those who know this 'mountain original' well will find new information in this wide-ranging biography by one of Petzoldt's former NOLS students. 

Ringholz recounts the stories of both Petzoldt's mountaineering exploits (the Grand Teton, the Matterhorn, K2) and his innovations in outdoor education (Colorado Outward Bound, NOLS, Wilderness Education Association). Furthermore, the book provides a wealth of fascinating personal details; you'll marvel at the twists and turns in Petzoldt's adventurous life that resulted from an often-serendipitous combination of economic privation, world events, wanderlust, curiosity, coincidence, and just plain luck.

The book bills Petzoldt as a controversial figure, apparently in two connections--some bizarre events involving a murder charge in India and Byzantine struggles for control over NOLS properties and leadership--and sets out to 'correct the record.' Because it's an authorized biography, the book may be a bit light on objective analysis of its subject and other conflicting opinions, but nonetheless it's competently done.

Petzoldt's name is synonymous with the Grand Tetons and NOLS, the highly respected outdoor school that he founded. Blazing the trail for an international code of wilderness ethics and safe climbing techniques, Petzoldt devised the voice signaling system that begins with 'On belay!'

This intimate biography details Petzoldt's climbing career, including many first ascents in the Tetons, the first American expedition to K2, and the extraordinary leadership accomplishments that made him legendary.

Paul Kiesow Petzoldt (January 16, 1908 - October 6, 1999) is one of America's most accomplished mountaineers. He is perhaps best known for establishing the National Outdoor Leadership School in 1965. In 1938 Paul Petzoldt was a member of the first American team to attempt a climb on K2 and made his first ascent of the Grand Teton in 1924 at the age of 16.

Petzoldt's other accomplishments in the outdoors are also considered major advances among wilderness enthusiasts. Before the establishmentof NOLS, he had a hand in creating a Colorado addition to the Outward Bound program. Noted in his introduction to The New Wilderness Handbook, his experience in NOLS, Outward Bound and love of the wilderness, evolved into the Wilderness Education Association. WEA courses, certification and knowledge are still helping many advocates of the environment learn ways to have low-impact adventures in the environment.

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