The Measure of a Mountain: Beauty and Terror on Mount Rainier

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Random House Incorporated, Oct 1, 1998 - Nature - 288 pages
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Mount Rainier is the largest and most dangerous volcano in the country, both an awesome natural monument and a formidable presence of peril. In The Measure of a Mountain, Barcott sets out to grasp the spirit of Rainier through a journey along its massive flanks. From forest to precipice, thinning air to fractured glaciers, he explores not only the physique of Rainier but the psychology and meaning of all mountains, and the deep connection that exists between humans and landscape.

Filled with adventure, poignant personal reflections, and fascinating mountain lore told by Indian chiefs, professional guides, priests, and scientists, this book is one man's stirring quest to reconcile with a dazzling creation of nature, at once alluring and sometimes deadly.

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Review: Measure of a Mountain: Beauty and Terror on Mount Rainier

User Review  - Shonna Siegers - Goodreads

Loved the beginning and certain sections of the book. Some places had an odd flow, but over all a nice picture of how people feel about rainier. I thought the section on mountain climbing and death in ... Read full review

Review: Measure of a Mountain: Beauty and Terror on Mount Rainier

User Review  - Marcfendel - Goodreads

This was a solid story about the author's relationship with Mt Rainier. Worth the read especially if you plan to spend time there. Read full review

Contents

The Mountain Is Out
1
StartWalking
17
The Only Sensible and Suitable Name
34
Copyright

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About the author (1998)

Bruce Barcott, author of T"he Measure of a Mountain: Beauty and Terror on Mount Rainier," is a contributing editor at "Outside "magazine. His feature articles have appeared in "The New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones, Sports Illustrated, Harper's, Utne Reader," and other publications. He contributes reviews to "The New York Times Book Review "and the public radio show "Living on Earth," and is a former Ted Scripps Fellow at the University of Colorado. He lives in Seattle with his wife and their two children.

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