Because It's There: A Celebration of Mountaineering from 200 B.C. to Today

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Mountains have long inspired the wit and daring of the world's most fascinating explorers. In this definitive collection of mountain lore, Alan Weber exhibits forty-three essays by artists and adventurers to whom climbing was more a mission than a sport. Beginning with the fabled tale of Hannibal's Roman invasion-men, horses, and elephants in tow-through the hitherto impassable Alps, the accounts progress to recent descriptions of high-peaks mountain climbing in Mount Everest and the formidable K-2. Included among the earlier pieces are Petrarcha's introspective journey to the Windy Mount; William Windham's exploration of Montenvers and the "Sea of Ice" in 1741; and English artist-critic John Ruskin's essay on mountain climate and culture. Literary masters portray the idyllic and imperfect aspects of mountain life: the restoration poet Andrew Marvell offers a hymn to the Barrow hills, while poems from Shelley, Lord Byron, and Matthew Arnold praise the natural beauty and fresh air of the mountain crags. Because It's There pays homage to the spiritual introspection and respect for nature engendered by the looming mountain ranges that have demarcated territories, protecting villages and cities from invasion. The explorations these mountains have inspired have tested human endurance and mental strength.
Alan Weber is a research fellow of the Institute for European Studies at Cornell University and a CEMERS Associate Fellow at the State University of New York at Binghamton. He is the editor and author of Nineteenth Century Science: A Selection of Original Texts, and Women Almanac Writers (Forthcoming). A long-time member of the Penn State Outing and Cornell Outing Clubs, he has rock and ice-climbed in the Adirondacks, Green and Shawangunk Mountains, and Mount Rainier.

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Weber is an historian as well as an avid climber. He is currently a research fellow of the Institute for European Studies at Cornell University and a CEMERS Associate Fellow at the State University of New York at Binghamton. He is the editor of Nineteenth Century Science: A Selection of Original Texts and Women Almanac Writers . A long-time member of the Penn state Outing and Cornell Outing Clubs, he has rock- and ice-climbed in the Adirondacks, Green and Shawangunk Mountains, and Mount Rainier.

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From Livy's account of Hannibal's grim crossing of the Alps to entries by contemporary climbers that refer casually to oxygen tanks and brand-name stoves, Weber, a historian and avid climber, has assembled an anthology of poets, scientists and climbers who effectively evoke Weber's observation that the allure of mountaineering emanates from its status as "an endeavor ... in which every step represents a simple dividing line between what you are and what you might become." Sixteenth-century scholar Josias Simler penned the first known Alpine "climbing guide," and the modern mountaineer may be quite surprised to find out that the equipment he or she uses-crampons and snowshoes, for example-were used in Simler's day. Poet Andrew Marvell's "Upon the Hill and Grove at Bill-Borow" is the first of several poems conveying both praise and fright of mountains, but climbers do not enter the narrative until Jacques Balmat's breathless account in 1786 (romanticized by Alexander Dumas) of the first great ascent, Mont Blanc. Climbers dominate the anthology thereafter, and Weber includes contributions from such familiar names as Sir Edmund Hillary, Maurice Herzog, Eric Shipton and the inimitable Reinhold Messner. Less well-known figures who have been as important in both climbing and writing include Australian climber Greg Child, Leslie Stephen (the father of Virginia Woolf) and Geoffrey Winthrop Young, guru to a whole generation of British climbers. Women (Isabella Bird, Annie Peck and Deb Piranian) reflect on climbing, Mark Twain satirizes luxury Alpinism, and there's even a disaster-Edward Whymper's account of the tragic first ascent of the Matterhorn. This fat tome is a browser's joy.
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