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EXCEPTIONAL MOUNTAINS: A CULTURAL HISTORY OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST VOLCANOES O. Allan Weltzien 2016 1st ed Hardcover DJ Fine SIGNED by the author 2 copies available
By Weltzien, O. Allan
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NB, 2016, 1st edition. 247 pages. Hardcover with dust jacket, New. The binding on this book appears to be made in the traditional manner with a blue colored fine grained cloth on top of the boards. Very handsome. 

This copy is SIGNED by the author on the title page, no inscription, just his signature. 

The day this book arrived I started to read a random chapter in the middle of the book, and was grabbed by the ''tell-all'' tone of his description of the relationships between the NW climbing clubs, the Mazamas and Mountaineers, and the National Parks, and the businesses such as REI and Eddie Bauerwho a a strong force in introducing people to climbing, and have been for 60 years. It was not the sort of dry narrative one expects to see, and I will promptly grab a copy and finish it! He even mentions the sort of bragging rights people strut for having a low REI membership number (I do, just over 65,000.) 

Offers a cultural history of the Pacific Northwest volcanoes and the environmental impact of outdoor recreation in this region. It probes the relationship between these volcanoes and regional identity, particularly in the era of mass mountaineering and population growth in the Northwest.

Over the past 150 years, people have flocked to the Pacific Northwest in increasing numbers, in part due to the region's beauty and one of its most exceptional features: volcanoes. This segment of the Pacific Ring of Fire has shaped not only the physical landscape of the region but also the psychological landscape, and with it the narratives we compose about ourselves. 

Exceptional Mountains is a cultural history of the Northwest volcanoes and the environmental impact of outdoor recreation in this region. It probes the relationship between these volcanoes and regional identity, particularly in the era of mass mountaineering and population growth in the Northwest. 

Author O. Alan Weltzien demonstrates how mountaineering is but one conspicuous example of the outdoor recreation industry's unrestricted and problematic growth. He explores the implications of our assumptions that there are no limits to our outdoor recreation habits and that access to the highest mountains should include amenities for affluent consumers. 

Each chapter probes the mountain-based regional ethos and the concomitant sense of privilege and entitlement from different vantages to illuminate the consumerist mind-set as a reductive-and deeply problematic-version of experience and identity in and around some of the nation's most striking mountains.



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