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Climber's Choice : The Best Climbing Writers Present Their Work - Pat Ament

Climber's Choice

The Best Climbing Writers Present Their Work

By: Pat Ament (Editor)

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Published: 1st June 2003
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Climbing and mountaineering have produced wonderful writing over the years. Not to put too fine a point on it, but there is nothing like facing death to prepare one to write about life. The adrenaline-infused struggle of climbing the "big walls" or the world's greatest peaks does much to energize this great volume of literature, of course. But there are other reasons for its front-to-back interest. Climbing, like writing, is an individual pursuit demanding eloquence, discipline, strength, perseverance, a taste for irony perhaps, and an often poetic introspection. Sometimes even a sense of humor. Climber's Choice takes the time-honored tradition of collected writings to a new and inviting level: Select more than 20 of the world's best climbing writers, many of whom are among the world's best climbers and mountaineers, and ask them to submit their best short writing. No other anthology will have as many authors who have accomplished as much on the world's most forbidding mountains and rock faces or in the literature of the sport. Equally divided between rock climbing and mountaineering, they include: Greg Child, Steven Venables, Kirk Diemberger, Joe Simpson, Paul Pritchard, Royal Roberts, Chuck Pratt, John Long, Walter Bonatti, Chris Bonington, Alison Osius, Amy Irvine, Susan Fox Rogers, and others. They include four Boardman Tasker mountain literature award winners, two Banff Mountain Literature award winners, one Wallace Stegner award winner, and one American Alpine Club winner. Climber's Choice, by prefacing each piece with the author's own reasons for choosing it, will give readers a rare glimpse inside the writers' minds. Why is this piece precious? At what cost was it written? What's the history behind it? Each piece will also be introduced by Ament and accompanied by a black-and-white photograph of the writer, many of them from Ament's acclaimed collection.

Acknowledgments
Prologue: The Climber as Writer
Visions and Virians
Boulevard of the Behemoths
Tierra Del Fuego
Two Pieces from Master of Rock: Get the Hell Off That Rock and Life
The South Face of Mount
Jack of Diamonds
Up and Out the Myth of Emergence
Guilty as Charged
The Bird's Boys
Rubble Merchants Slateheads and Others
Reflections on Being the Best Climber in the World
On Broad Peak
The Maestri Enigma
Soarks Ian
The Mustagh Tower Climbed 6th July 1956
The Path of Destruction
Mountaineering Just Means Glad to Be Here: Eight Alpine Poems
The Fight
The Squalor and the Glory
Excerpt from The Endless Knot
Concepts of Adventure
Loose Woman
Appendix
Glossary
Grading Systems
About the Editor
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ISBN: 9780071419499
ISBN-10: 0071419497
Series: Best Climbing Writers Present Their Work
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 1st June 2003
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Type: New edition