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CONTACT: MOUNTAIN CLIMBING AND ENVIRONMENTAL THINKING Jeffrey McCarthy 2008 1st ed Softcover Fine Multiple Copies Available
By McCarthy, Jeffrey Mathes
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Nevada, 2008, 1st edition. 242 pp, b/w photos. Softcover (only edition). Fine.

Mountain climbing is a relatively new sport in human history. Until the eighteenth century, mountains were considered inhospitable milieus, even seats of evil. It was the Romantics who taught us to feel a new awe and admiration for the alpine world.
 
Climbers themselves rub up endlessly against the natural world in some of its harshest conditions, and from each climber, each climb, come fresh appraisals of the connection between humans and nature.
 
The twenty-three climbing narratives collected and contextualized by Jeffrey Mathes McCarthy in Contact explore our changing attitudes toward mountains and the natural world. The book illuminates the spectrum of human attitudes toward mountains and the environment, and the growing symbiosis between climbing and environmental awareness. 

Praise for Contact

"What McCarthy does here is to create a paradigm for examining the impact humans have in even the most remote corners of the globe." Mikel Vause, author of Peering Over The Edge: The Philosophy of Mountaineering

"This book carves a unique spot in the literature by asking eco-critical scholars to give mountaineering literature/culture more attention. Moreover, it is an important book for armchair climbers and climbers themselves." Peter l. Bayers, author of Imperial Ascent: Mountaineering, Masculinity, and Empire

"Contact is a timely book because it gives us the opportunity to examine the reason we climb and a chance to see our connection to the environment. In addition to an intellectual appraisal of climbing these are fine tales of risk and adventure." Conrad Anker, climber and author


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