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The Mountain Encyclopedia: An A-Z Compendium of More Than 2,300 Terms, Concepts, Ideas, and People

The Mountain Encyclopedia: An A-Z Compendium of More Than 2,300 Terms, Concepts, Ideas, and People

by Frederic V. Hartemann, Robert Hauptman


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This outstanding reference work is the first English-language A-Z compendium on all topics related to mountains, including geological, geographical, and zoological terms, as well as many entries on significant explorers, surveyors, mountaineers, rock climbers, and skiers. Numerous entries also cover related pursuits such as logging, mining, skiing, climbing, and mountaineering. Definitions, explanations, and clarifications are contained in more than 2,300 entries that vary in length from a brief sentence to detailed overviews of more complex subjects. The Mountain Encyclopedia is invaluable as a source of data and information, but it is also enjoyable to read straight through. Featuring 400 breathtaking color photographs of mountains, volcanoes, animal and plant life on mountains, rock and ice formations, and historic shots of climbers and expeditions, outdoor enthusiasts and all others who are interested in mountains will find this a beautiful reference work as well as an engaging read. Black-and-white historical images, technical drawings, and typographical maps of mountains throughout the world illustrate many of the detailed entries. Notable is the fact that many of the entries and photographs are based on the authors' first-hand experiences skiing, hiking, bouldering, climbing, and mountaineering throughout the world to obtain the extraordinary images and data. For readers who are fascinated by facts and figures, listings of the world's 1,000 highest peaks, 4,000-meter peaks in the Alps, 6,000-meter peaks in the Andes, North America's 14,000-Footers, the world's highest volcanoes, major unclimbed peaks above 7,000-meters, and the high points in the 50 United States and the 13 Canadian provinces and territories conclude this essential manual to the mountains.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810850569
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/15/2005
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 8.72(w) x 11.28(h) x 1.13(d)

About the Author

Frederic V. Hartemann is a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He is an excellent mountaineer who has climbed in Europe, Mexico, Canada, and the United States. His hundreds of summits include Mt Blanc and Mt Rainier. Robert Hauptman is a professor at St. Cloud State University where he teaches information media and honors program classes. He has hiked, climbed, and enjoyed mountains all over the world for more than 50 years. He has just six peaks to go to complete the 50 state highpoints.

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Pat Ament

Frederic Hartemann and Robert Hauptman have gathered facts and information from every corner of the mountaineering world, in a comprehensive, instructive, and entertaining reference and guide to the principles and workings of the mountains, climbing, and other outdoor pursuits. This is no mere catalogue, nor is it anything like other books, or even what it might seem to be at the surface. One has to handle, sample, and ponder to understand the true objective of the authors. The overview is unique, making a fresh penetration of ideas and concepts. At times there is a certain high elegance. Hartemann and Hauptman don't shy away from the complexity and depth of their subject.

Jamling Tenzing Norgay

The vastness of the mountain landscape, both literal and allegoric, is aptly presented in this wonderful book: from the science of volcanoes, to the music of the mountains; from the techniques of ice climbing, to the poetry of a moonrise over a high ridge; from the snow leopard, to satellite cartography; from haunting tragedies to sheer triumph; innumerable aspects of the high realm are presented in detail, along with beautiful color photographs and maps.

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