Ways to the Sky: A Historical Guide to North American Mountaineering

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AAC Press, 2004 - Sports & Recreation - 334 pages
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Ways to the sky charts the evolution of alpine climbing in the United States, Canada and Mexico, from the evidence of ancient native ascents to the latest cutting-edge climbs. Andy Selters highlights key personalities - from exploratory climbers like John Muir and Lt. August Kautz to technical maestros such as Mark Twight and Marko Prezelj - on the most demanding mountain routes. He then points readers to the mountains where they can experience firsthand many of these historically significant routes.

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An excellent reference work on mountaineering. In addition to the classic historical accounts, each chapter has a collection of suggested climbing routes reflective of the era.

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I have read all these entries on Bugaboo Spire, but not one shows the ascent successful as it was of my father, Erick Larson, aka Erik Larson, and George Freed ..... They took a different route up this treacherous spire, about 1940 or 41, and were give a small article with photo in the Everett Herald, a newspaper out of Everett, WA. I am so dismayed because Fred Beckey keeps claiming everything he did was the first, but in fact, no mention is ever made of my father Erick Larson and George Freed, a true mountaineer and humble they both were. Dad is gone now and so is George, but I have the torn little news article and once showed it to Lowell Skoog, an extremely skilled and very pleasant man to talk to. I think you all should investigate before you write. Anita Larson Friedenberg 

About the author (2004)

Author Andy Selters has been a climber, skier, photographer, hiker, cartographer, and writer for these mountains for over 20 years. He has combed archives from the national forest, the Eastern California Museum, the Laws Railroad Museum, plus private collections to find the photographs and tales of this land. The Eastern Sierra Interpretiv

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