North Cascades Crest: Notes & Images from America's Alps

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North Cascades Crest is one of three stunning mountain photography books by award-winning cameraman and mountaineer James Martin that feature some of the most beloved peaks in the West.


North Cascade Crest: Notes & Images From America's Alps

Mount Rainier: Notes & Images From Our Iconic Mountain

Sierra: Notes & Images From The Range Of Light


These books offer a visual journey through the craggy crest of the North Cascades, the glaciers and wilderness of Mount Rainier, and the luminescent peaks of the Sierra Nevada. Each book gives context to the images by detailing the geological history of the mountains, describing the flora and fauna and relating stories from the human climbing history of these peaks.


“. . . Martin’s photos leap from the pages with vivid colors and extreme contrasts . . . Recommended for most public libraries but especially for those in the Pacific Northwest.” -- Library Journal


The North Cascades comprise one of the wildest landscapes in the country, with sharp pinnacles, high lonesome ridges, pristine alpine lakes, lush meadows, and luminous glaciers. James Martin’s images capture the spirit and beauty of these remote mountains -- America’s Alps.

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The North Cascades are the wildest mountains in the lower 48 states. Few trails penetrate the high country, territory guarded by temperate jungles iconic mountaineer Fred Beckey once called "green hells." The Impenetrable Forest of Uganda has nothing on North Cascades river valleys.
  Once beyond these defenses, the country opens up. Spires, ridges, and hulking volcanoes gleam with snow and ice. You can walk for days without seeing the works of man. By traversing glaciers, running ridges, sneaking through unlikely cols, and strolling on high benches, one can walk from Highway 2 to Canada, a wilderness jaunt marred by only one road crossing and a few miles of trail, sampling some of the grandest scenery in the west.   While still in school I encountered Tom Miller's North Cascades. The black and white images set my imagination racing. After an apprenticeship in the Sierra and Canadian Rockies, I dove into the Cascades, joining a remarkably small coterie of of back country devotees. The names that excited me in school- forbidden, Despair, Inspiration-  became places I loved.  Eventually, I resolved to create a color photography companion to Miller's original book. The Mountaineers are publishing a new edition of North Cascades Crest this year.   The wildest corners of the Cascades remain my favorite mountain landscape, places where all mountaineering skills come into play. The solitude and effort cleanse the mind. On some remote peak, where the wind carries the clean fragrance of ice, there is still a place where one can sit on his own island in the sky, surrounded by beauty and free of words, alone in the Universe for a precious moment.

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The North Cascades comprise one of the wildest landscapes in the country, with sharp pinnacles, high lonesome ridges, pristine alpine lakes, lush meadows, and luminous glaciers. This varied and rugged terrain in northern Washington has inspired climbers and poets alike. In North Cascade Crest, photographer and writer James Martin offers an intimate portrait of the range, tracing the crest from the Canadian border south to Glacier Peak and blending natural history, climbing adventure, and human exploration. His stunning images capture the spirit and beauty of these remote mountains--America's Alps.

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