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 hardcover $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 9781771601696 BISAC: SPO029000 BISAC: TRV001000 BISAC: BIO023000 ebook $12.99
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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