Mountains of the Mind: Adventures in Reaching the Summit

Mountains of the Mind: Adventures in Reaching the Summit

Robert Macfarlane


Combining bills of mythical mountain ascents with bright descriptions of his personal forays into wild, excessive landscapes, Robert McFarlane finds how the secret of the world’s maximum areas has got here to grip the Western imagination—and perennially attracts legions of adventurers up the main perilous slopes.
His tale starts 3 centuries in the past, whilst mountains have been feared because the forbidding abodes of dragons and different mysterious beasts. within the mid-1700s the attentions of either technological know-how and poetry sparked a keenness for mountains; Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Lord Byron extolled the chic studies on hand on excessive; and through 1924 the loss of life on Mt Everest of an Englishman named George Mallory got here to represent the heroic beliefs of his day. Macfarlane additionally displays on worry, threat, and the shattering great thing about ice and snow, the contest and contemplation of the climb, and the unusual trade fact of excessive altitude, magically enveloping us within the attract of mountains at each point.

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