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MEN, MYTHS AND MOUNTAINS: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MOUNTAINEERING Ronald Clark 1976 1st US ed Hardcover DJ Fine
By Clark, Ronald
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New York, 1976, 1st US edition. 292 pp, 100+ b/w photos and illustrations, maps. Quarto. Blue cloth hardcover with dust jacket. Fine

An excellent historical account of man's exploration and conquest of the mountain world which brings it vividly to life and covers every aspect of the sport from its origin centuries ago to its present international popularity.

Here is the story not only of the well-known ascents of such peaks as Everest in the Himalaya and the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc in the European Alps, but of the United States' mountains, the peaks of Africa and New Zealand, and even those of Antarctica. Methods and techniques are described, from the simple equipment of the pioneers to the sophisticated steeplejack techniques used to scale the sheer faces of Yosemite today.

A fine general historical survey of mountaineering. The story of man's exploration and conquest of the mountain world, from the first ascent of Mont Aiguille in 1492 to the contemporary television spectaculars that show the armchair mountaineer what happens on the top of the world. Illustrated with more than a hundred photographs, engravings and maps. 


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