Yankee Rock & Ice: A History of Climbing in the Northeastern United States

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Stackpole Books, Nov 20, 2001 - Sports & Recreation - 334 pages
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    Celebrated climbers Guy and Laura Waterman trace the growth of this popular sport by focusing on the first ascents of classic routes and the climbers who made them legendary: John Case on the Adirondacks' Indian Head and Wallface; Robert Underhill and Lincoln O'Brien on Cannon; Fritz Wiessner on Breakneck Ridge. More contemporary climbers Jim McCarthy, Henry Barber, Lynn Hill, and Hugh Herr are described in full detail. Ethics and style, the evolution of ice climbing, the changing role of women in climbing, and developments in technique and equipment are explored.


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    The rocks and cliffs of New England and the Hudson drainage enticed a few climber/scramblers during the 19th century, but rock climbing and its sister, ice climbing, did not attract many regional ... Read full review

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    The North East is often ignored by the masses a center for wonderful climbing. This book presents the colorful history of a place where the first tests of free climbing began. The section entitled Climbing for fun changed the way i think about climbing. The climbers in the later 30's were not on a hunt or explorative expedition but simply climbing for fun and this is sometimes easy to for get when one gets obsessed with a route, problem or grade. 


    World War II as a Watershed in Northeastern
    The 1950s
    The 1950s and 1960s
    Young Turks Old Bootleggers Vulgarians and
    Clean Climbing
    Before 1970
    The Many Faces of Group Dynamics
    Emergence of Climbing as a Popular Sport
    The Reemergence of Women
    Can Women Lead on Ice?
    Lake Willoughby and the Quandary of Northeastern
    Ethics and Style Questions

    Streibert and Barber

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    Page 9 - It was during our soj ourn of several days at Crawford's Inn, then situated in the very Notch of the White Mountains, that one day, suddenly and unknown to me, Parkman left early in the morning, and did not return until evening. His clothing was badly torn, his fingers were lacerated, and his legs showed injuries which had been caused in almost superhuman exertions in the preservation of his life. After walking down the Saco Valley as far as the Willey House, he entered upon an exploration of the...
    Page 19 - And as for stunts to satisfy the nerviest of cliftclimbers there are enough and to spare on the walls of the Basin itself, including the ascent of the Pamola Chimney, in the climbing of which one may readily imperil his neck , and all his limbs, at one and the same time.
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