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ALLEN STECK A MOUNTAINEER'S LIFE Allen Steck 2017 1st ed New hardcover SIGNED by Allen Steck and Steve Roper
By Steck, Allen and Steve Roper Introduction
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We have only 24 copies SIGNED by legendary Yosemite climbers Allen Steck and Steve Roper.

2017, 1st edition. 256 pp, color photos.  Tales of the Trail from a Living Legend, The Slim Fox. Sixteen-year-old Allen Steck made his initial climb, a first ascent of Mount MacClure in the Sierras, with no hardware, no ropes, no experience. But the event turned his into a mountaineer’s life.

Over 70 years later, Steck, also known as The Slim Fox, has had a prolific climbing career, including a 1954 expedition to Makalu, a 1963 first ascent of the south face of the Clyde Minaret, and a 1965 first ascent of the Hummingbird Ridge on Mount Logan.

In 1967, with Steve Roper, he co-founded and edited the Sierra Club Ascent magazine. They also wrote the classic Fifty Classic Climbs of North America. Two years later, his interest in the far reaches of the world led him to partner in Mountain Travel, America’s first true adventure travel company.

These are stories from the days when mountain climbing was discovery, when men like Steck forged new routes, both literal or literary. With dry humor and detailed recall, he captures the excitement and intrigue of a time when there were few rules and no guidelines. As he says, “We do not deceive ourselves that we are engaging in an activity that is anything but debilitating, dangerous, euphoric, kinesthetic, expensive, frivolously essential, economically useless and totally without redeeming social significance. One should not probe for deeper meanings.” 

With amazing photographs, many published for the first time, this memoir is a treasure, an inspiration, and an anchor to the foundation of the life-changing sport of alpine climbing.

At ninety two years young, Allen Steck tells of ―and reflects on―a life that has spanned almost all of climbing history. These are stories for the beginner and the veteran alike, tales to be marveled at, re-read, and re-told. Ultimately they beg a simple, profound question: When you are 92, what stories will you have to tell? – Steve House, Climber, Author, Beyond the Mountain and Training for the New Alpinism

Great stories and images from one of the pioneers of climbing in the modern age. --Dean Fidelman, author of Yosemite in the Fifties and The Stonemasters

This book is larger and heavier than an average book, and we will request extra postage for Priority Mail or International Mail.

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