Not only what it is like to climb, but the psychology of a climber. And though I wouldn't use that label to describe this book, I see how some people would. Learned more about this massive mountain than perhaps I really wanted to, but there was a lot of good information. Diese Botschaft vermitteln der Wirtschaftsprofessor Thomas H. Bruce Barcott shares his findings on the history of the mountain, his personal quest to circumnavigate Rainier via the 92 mile Wonderland Trail and ultimately his journey to the summit.
Let us hope Barcott will write another mountain book, though I have a hunch he will move in another direction. O'Hara and McNulty explore the conflict this presents as park managers attempt to balance protection of the mountain's fragile ecosystems with the desires of the many who wish to seek solitude in its vast forests or challenge themselves on its daunting glaciers. Everest very closely to his main narrative. Well-written, and the author has a self-deprecating and humorous style that was enormously appealing. I love reading about climbing, but I am not crazy enough to attempt it myself. As the dramatic story unfolds, Barcott addresses the realities of economic survival in Third World countries, explores the tension between environmental conservation and human development, and puts a human face on the battle over globalization.
Rainier rumbles with seismic twitches and jerks—some one-hundred-thirty earthquakes annually. The measure of a mountain : beauty and terror on Mount Rainer. There are facts about its geology, entomology. They explore the historical interactions and influences—intellectual, political, and material—within and between national park systems in Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Indonesia, Antarctica, Brazil, and other countries. A mixture of first-person narrative and natural history, this book from Seattle Weekly columnist Barcott chronicles the past, present and possible future encounters with this impressive monolith of the Northwest.
Viewing parks around the world, at various scales and across national frontiers, these essays offer a panoptic view of the common and contrasting cultural and environmental features of national parks worldwide. Barcott is not only a master of the language but a man who has done his homework: this is not a book spewed out in a few months. He uses that fascination as a jumping off point for exploring many of the scientific and cultural idea's surrounding this mountain. Everest shortly after , and a cultural and natural history of Mt. Name any route on Rainier, and he can describe its rewards and specific challenges he's summited Rainier more than 170 times during all seasons and under intense conditions. I wish Barcott had investigated more about the history of Sunrise, the creation of the Wonderland Trail, the early development of Longmire and Paradise, and some of the other interesting uses to which the mountain has been put.
I really liked this book. I read it because I wanted a book about Washington- I've never been there and I wanted to get some appreciation for the region before we travel there. Its snow fields bristle with bug life, and its marmots chew rocks to keep their teeth from overgrowing. She was a mushroom expert, an Air Force survival specialist, and an Iowa housewife. There was no beauty or terror, really. Too many questionable motives underlay the whole culture of mountain climbing. Just picked this up at Elliott Bay Bookshop in the Pioneer Square area in Seattle after three days of hiking at Mount Rainier National Park.
So much information I'd like to refer back to, I'm going to have to buy it. Rainier is the highest mountain in Washington State and is considered a starting ground for those wishing to try their luck with Everest. Yet it is a mountain that few truly know. This book has a little bit of everything so you are bound to have an interest in some aspect of this book and the author is a skilled en As a rule, I generally avoid anything that is described as a spiritual journey. This edition presents the information on logistics, regulations, and permits. He finds that the mountain is a complex of moss-bearded hemlocks and old-growth firs, high meadows that blossom according to a precise natural timeclock, sheets of crumbling pumice, fractured glaciers, and unsteady magma.
There are chapters on natural history, mountaineering not necessarily on Rainier, though , geology, and surrounding culture. A Category: Travel Page: 143 View: 7340 Home to more than 120 alpine plant species, three of which are found nowhere else in the world, Mount Rainier remains a refuge for a diversity of flora and fauna. Having read a lot of high-peak exploration literature, I found it repetitive. From 1994 to 2009, a marked increase in geomorphic disturbance caused the active channels in many river reaches to widen. Can't wait to sit and read this one. Although I am living in Oregon now I still consider it my mountain. I do not exaggerate when I say that I could not have picked a better book.
As a Seattleite for the past 13+ years, I enjoyed reading about a place so much a part of our local culture and consciousness. There was so much life! He has also written a number of books including, The Measure of a Mountain: Beauty and Terror on Mount Rainier 1997 and The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw: One Woman's Fight to Save the World's Most Beautiful Bird 2008. Rainier with a genuine fear of the harshness and severity of high-altitude climbing, and with wonder at the ecosystems he finds above. High above the domiciles and roadways of Seattle looms Mt. I learned a lot from this book - history of volcanoes, plant life, all sorts of things.
I loved this well wriiten and interesting book! National Parks beyond the Nation tells us as much about the multifarious and changing ideas of nature and culture as about the framing of those ideas in geographic, temporal, and national terms. Too many people died pursuing goals that were unworthy of their deaths. The subtitle makes it sound like an over-hyped adventure thriller, but if you can look past it, this book is amazing. The long list of topics includes the mountain's history, geography, wildlife, and weather along with vivid descriptions of his adventures, the people he has met, and his own summiting experience. The long list of topics includes the mountain's history, geography, wildlife, and weather al A very beautiful, well-written account of a man's love affair and eventual dominance of a mountain. Although I generally enjoy mountaineering literature and found this section relatively interesting, it didn't deal very much with Rainier specifically, and Barcott didn't really tie the bits about Mt. I personally would have liked if the book focused more on his personal accounts, but it was interesting to read about the geology, flora and fauna of this great Pacific Northwest landmark nonetheless.
Ranier's history, geology, plant, animal and insect life, and the people who go around and up the mountain. I didn't know it would be like climbing a mini Mt. Again, it's possible that, say, a chapter devoted to marmots will not delight the average reader as thoroughly as one raised to be alert to their whistles and wrestling in any alpine meadow, but I was delighted. These rivers can be assumed to be in a general state of sediment surplus. My only criticism is that there are many places at lower elevations that are as interesting and challenging as slogging up to the top.