BY GALEN ROWELL
1974 FIRST EDITION
THE CLASSIC BOOK ON EARLY MAJOR CLIMBS IN YOSEMITE PHOTOS FROM THE ORIGINAL ATTEMPTS AND ASCENTS
PHOTOS FROM THE ORIGINAL ATTEMPTS AND ASCENTS
Chapters are by Royal Robbins (4 chapters: The Salathé Wall El Capitan, The North American Wall, Tis-sa-ack, interview), Yvon Chouinard (2 chapters: Muir Wall El Capitan, Modern Yosemite Climbing), Bestor Robinson (The First Ascent of the Higher Cathedral Spire), A. Phimister Proctor (An Ascent of Half Dome in 1884 [one of the earliest 'technical' climbs in the Sierras]), Anton Nelson (Five Days and Nights on the Lost Arrow), Allen Steck (2 chapters: Ordeal by Piton, Robbins interview), Michael Sherrick (The Northwest Face of Half Dome), Warren Harding (2 chapters: El Capitan [the first ascent of the Nose], Reflections of a Broken-down Climber), Allen MacDonald (Realm of the Overhang), Doug Robinson (Camp 4), Galen Rowell (3 chapters: Rescue on the South Face of Half Dome, Introduction, Robbins interview), Ken Wilson (Robbins interview).
GALEN ROWELL and his photographs won many awards including the Ansel Adams Award. His photographs have been exhibited at the International Center of Photography, the California Academy of Sciences, the Smithsonian, the Ansel Adams Gallery, etc. Rowell wrote several excellent books and his work has been published in many prominent magazines. Sadly, Rowell and his wife, Barbara, were killed in a small plane crash in 2002 while approaching the landing at Bishop, California. Rowell had an amazing record of climbing and exploration: over 100 first ascents of routes in Yosemite Valley and the High Sierra Nevada; the first one-day ascent of Mt McKinley, aka Denali, in Alaska; the first ascent of Great Trango Tower in the Karakoram; the first ski ascent-descent of Mustagh Ata; the first ascent of the NE Ridge of Amne Machin (second ascent of the mountain by few days); the first ski circuit of Denali; about 40 expeditions to remote peaks including Nun Kun, K2, Mount Everest, various Karakoram peaks & spires, Patagonia, Kilimanjaro, Gasherbrum II, Alaska, Yukon, Canadian Rockies, etc.
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CONDITION: Original light blue buckram, gilt lettering cover & spine. The book is in fine condition: clean covers, no fading, tight binding, no foxing. The original dust jacket has a little loss at the top spine corners and lower front edge near the flap corner, a 1cm tear lower front, 15mm tear upper rear. Price: $125.
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