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TO THE SUMMIT Fifty Mountains That Lure, Inspire and Challenge

Poindexter, Joseph & Stacy Allison

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ISBN 10: 1579120415 / ISBN 13: 9781579120412
Published by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, New York, 1998
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Title: TO THE SUMMIT Fifty Mountains That Lure, ...

Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, New York

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: First Edition; Third Printing.

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Introduction by Stacy Allison, the first American woman to successfully climb Mt. Everest. This wondrous large-format book, full of dramatic full-color spreads and in-depth text, takes armchair adventurers as well as experienced climbers to their heavens--the peaks of the 50 most awe-inspiring mountains in the world. Moving stories of staggering altitudes, the sheer will to survive and the quest for the summits inspire readers with the adventurer's spirit that has put mountain climbing at the height of its popularity. Organized geographically by continent, each chapter covers a different mountain: its history, physical characteristics, route descriptions and famous ascents. Excerpts from detailed accounts of legendary expeditions will thrill and shock readers including Jon Krakauer on the tragic 1996 season on Everest. Includes biographies of Sir Edmund Hillary, Stacy Allison, Chris Bonington and other noted climbers. From Mt. Everest and K2 in the Himalayas to Denali in Alaska, Mt. Rainier in Washington and Mt. Eiger in the Alps, mountains all over the world are captured in vivid color photos from expeditions new and old.

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Eiger, Kilimanjaro, Denali, Everest: historic mountains steeped in climbing legend, not only for mountaineers, but for anyone attuned to the siren song of adventure. Here, in a coffee-table-ready collection of gorgeous photos, inspiring text, and factual data, author-climber Joseph Poindexter describes these legendary mountains and 46 more of the world's most magnificent climbs, "fifty places around the world, most of them cold, barren, starved of oxygen, subject to violent fits of weather--and beautiful--where human ambition collides with the glacial indifference of dangerous terrain." And Poindexter doesn't stop there--he also shares how you get to some of these peaks, when you would want to go, and, should you be so inclined, what route you might follow to get to the top. But, although each incredible page will make you want to quit your job and hitchhike to Timbuktu, Poindexter warns, "Do not attempt to embark on any of the routes described in this book without extensive physical training and formal instruction ... this is not a guidebook or manual of any kind." Maybe not, but it's a beautiful resource for mapping your daydreams. --George Laney

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