Warnings Against Myself
Meditations on a Life in Climbing
by David Stevenson
Release Date: 08/03/2016
ISBN 9781771601689
5.5 x 8.5 inches
200 pages
$25.00 (CAD)


With personal essays detailing noteworthy climbing sites throughout the western United States, infused with a few terrifying excursions to the Alps and a trip to the Bugaboos of western Canada, Warnings Against Myself opens up the beautiful, obsessive world of mountain climbing to climbers and non-climbers alike.

From his youthful second ascent of the north ridge of Mount Kennedy in the Yukon’s Saint Elias Range, an in-and-out on skis for which he had not entirely learned how to ski, to a recent excursion across the Harding Icefield in the Kenai Mountains of the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska conceived under the influence of rain and whiskey, David Stevenson chronicles several decades of a life unified by a preoccupation with climbing.

Stevenson describes climbing first-hand, but also reflects on climbing in a beautiful way that draws in both literary references and engaging characterizations of well-known climbers. His changing viewpoint on his dangerous obsession as he ages, marries, and has children (and then takes his son climbing) give the book a strong shape, and the work as a whole adds a new and thoughtful perspective to the literature of climbing.

Warnings Against Myself: Meditations on a Life in Climbing
by David Stevenson
BISAC: SPO029000
BISAC: TRV001000
BISAC: BIO023000


Warnings Against Myself should be placed on the shelf of one of the better books on mountaineering that integrates the inner and outer journey and does so by telling, in a most compelling manner, of many a fine mountain adventure that holds the reader close to page and well-told tale.—Ron Dart, Cloudburst

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