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From Edward Whymper’s ascent of the Matterhorn in the 1860s to Jon Krakauer’s vivid profiles of modern mountaineers, this collection offers indelible impressions from writers who experienced the mystery and the grandeur of the mountains and who lived to tell about it. Highlights include John Muir’s A Perilous Night on Mount Shasta” and Belmore Browne’s heart-stopping Conquest of Mt. McKinley.”
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Wayne Grady is one of North America's foremost popular science writers and the winner of three Science in Society awards from the Canadian Science Writers Association. His ten previously published nonfiction books recounted such diverse adventures as hunting dinosaurs in the Gobi Desert, investigating global warming at the North Pole, and discovering the wild in an urban metropolis. In 2004 he collaborated with acclaimed geneticist and environmentalist David Suzuki on Tree: A Life Story, a bestseller in Canada now in its third printing. Most recently, he published Bringing Back the Dodo (2006), a work that expanded on his natural science columns for the Canadian magazine explore. In addition to his award-winning work in science and nature fields, he has received the Governor General's Award for English Translation, several National Magazine Awards, and the Brascan Award for Food Writing. He is married to the writer Merilyn Simonds and lives near Kingston, Ontario.
Table of Contents1. Edward Whymper, First Ascent of the Matterhorn,” and Descent from the Matterhorn,” from Scrambles Amongst the Alps In the Years 1860-1869, 1871.
2. Sir Leslie Stephen, from Sunset on Mont Blanc,” from The Playground of Europe, 1936.
3. John Addington Symonds and Margaret Symonds, from Our Life in the Swiss Highlands, 1892.
4. John Muir, A Perilous Night on Mount Shasta,” from Picturesque California, 1888.
5. Carl Jung, The Holiness of Mountains,” from Memories, Dreams, Reflections, 1961.
6. John Buchan, from The Last Secrets, 1923.
7. H. G. Wells, from Little Mother Up the Mörderberg,” from Collected Stories of H.G. Wells, 1927.
8. Belmore Browne, from Conquest of Mt. McKinley, 1913.
9. Evelyn Waugh, A Tricky Bit,” from When the Going Was Good, 1930.
10. Thomas Wolfe, from The Web and the Rock, 1939.
11. Earle Birney, David,” 1941.
12. Aldo Leopold, On Top,” from A Sand County Almanack, 1949.
13. Peter Matthiessen, from The Snow Leopard, 1978.
14. Paul Schullery, Three Mountains,” from Mountain Time, 1984.
15. Michael Crichton, from Kilimanjaro” in Travels, 1988.
16. Don Gayton, Visions of Scabland,” from Landscapes of the Interior: Re-Explorations of Nature and the Human Spirit, 1996.
18. Jon Krakauer, Eiger Dreams,” from Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains, 1990.