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THE ARMCHAIR MOUNTAINEER: A GATHERING OF WIT, WISDOM AND IDOLATRY George Alan and Carol Smith 1968 1st ed Hardcover DJ VG-Near Fine
By Smith, George Alan and Carol D.
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New York, 1968, 1st edition. 361 pp, b/w photos. Large Format Hardcover, Dust Jacket, Very Good to Near Fine condition.

This book is large format so extra postage will be requested for Priority Mail or International Mail.

An anthology of the best writing from climbers of the golden age and modern age. 
 
Few sports have the mystic allure that is so much a part of mountaineering. The rewards for success are great, as are the consequences for failure. So solitary a sport, mountaineering leads to the release of some of our innermost feelings; feelings of uncertainty, competitiveness, and the desire to conquer fear and physical limitation.
 
Within the pages of The Armchair Mountaineer are the accounts of many of the great triumphs and tragedies of mountaineering. The combination of great climbers and renowned authors leads to a volume filled with accounts of ascents from around the world, from a detailed account of the equipment necessary to ascend Yosemite's Lost Arrow to Rick Ridgeway's journal of the attack on K2, to Herzog on Annapurna, Hillary on Everest, and Reinhold Messner on the will to survive. Not surprisingly, some of the greatest authors of fiction have made their mark on the literature of climbing.


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