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

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Random House Publishing Group, 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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User Review  - FireandIce - LibraryThing

Barcott's style is the illegitimate lovechild of Bill Bryson and Jon Krakauer. This book is informative as well as humorous. If you like the great outdoors (with a healthy dose of history and botany), it's a great read. Read full review

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User Review  - JechtShot - LibraryThing

At 14,411 feet (summit elevation), Mt. Rainier is the highest mountain in Washington State and is considered a starting ground for those wishing to try their luck with Everest. The Measure of a ... Read full review


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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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