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Literary, humorous, inspirational, and fearful moments in climbing. In The Quotable Climber, one of our pre-eminent adventure writers has collected some the most fascinating, evocative, and humorous comments on the subject of climbing. Derived from hundreds of books, as well as magazines, journals, the Internet, and even remembered lectures, these entries proffer one-of-a-kind insights into the romanticism, motivation, and discipline of mountaineering. In these pages, you will find pithy sayings from the best writers in the field such as: Marc Batard, Fred Beckey, David Breshears, Frederick Cook, William O. Douglas, Sir Edmund Hillary, Ernest Hemingway, Diana Hunter, Jon Krakauer, George Leigh Mallory, John Muir, Wilfred Noyce, Chuck Pratt, Gaston Rebuffat, Eric Shipton, Junko Tabei, Naomi Uemura, Barbara Washburn With selections that explore the tragedies and triumphs as well as acts of profound will and sacrifice, The Quotable Climber is truly a book that will both inspire and enlighten.
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Jonathan Waterman says his parents were his motivation for putting together this collection of hundreds of climbing quotes culled from dozens of mountaineering sages, in that he was never able to explain to them adequately as a boy just what the appeal was, and why it wasn't some crazy kind of death-wish stunt. To quote Waterman (this is a book of quotes, after all), "If climbing were merely an accepted and televised sport--in which the spectators never asked why--the literature would not be so tall." If only he'd had Tom Patey's line handy at the time, he could have told them, "The sensation is akin to coasting down the motorway after being held up at every set of traffic lights in Glasgow." And while many of the quotes are not exactly the sorts of pithy responses likely to quell parental fears, they speak volumes about the drives, risks, rewards, and experiences of mountain climbers the world over.
Organized by categories such as soloing, spirituality, accidents, summits, hubris, and humility, the quotes range from the religious to the obscene. Says Naomi Uemura on why she goes solo, "In all the splendor of solitude ... it is a test of myself, and one thing I loathe is to have to test myself in front of other people." H.W. Tilman expresses climbing's irresistible appeal ("No pay, no prospects, not much pleasure"). Ed Drummond describes what dedicated climbers have to look forward to ("My puffed and bloody knees, ripe from the night, softly exploded in crimson berries on my dirty trouserless legs"), while Elizabeth Knowlton's summation ("Naked of life, naked of warmth and safety, bare to the sun and stars, beautiful in its stark snow loneliness, the Mountain waits") goes a long way toward elevating the urge from some silly adolescent impulse to a laudable, worthy, and lofty pursuit. --Stephanie GoldFrom the Back Cover:
In The Quotable Climber, one of our preeminent adventure writers has collected some of the most fascinating, evocative, and humorous comments on the subject of climbing. Derived from hundreds of books, as well as magazine, journals, the Internet, and even remembered lectures, these entries proffer one-of-a-kind insights into the romanticism, motivation, and discipline of mountaineering. In these pages you will find sayings from the best writers in the field, including William O. Douglass, Sir Edmund Hillary, Diane Hunter, Jon Krakauer, and John Muir.With selections that explore the tragedies and triumphs, as well as acts of profound sacrifice, The Quotable Climber is truly a book that will both inspire and enlighten. (5 7/8 X 6 7/8, 256 pages, b&w photos)
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