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The Measure of a Mountain: Beauty and Terror on Mount Rainierby Bruce Barcott
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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.
The largest and most dangerous volcano in the country, Mount Rainier is perhaps the most potent icon of the Pacific Northwest. It is at once an awe-inspiring natural monument and a hulking presence of peril.
Intrigued by the defining pillar of his native landscape, writer Bruce Barcott set out to grasp the spirit of Rainier through a journey along its massive flanks. Filled with adventure, poignant personal reflections, and fascinating mountain lore told by Indian chiefs, mountain guides, priests, and scientists, "The Measure of a Mountain" is one man's stirring quest to reconcile with the mysterious disparities of nature.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -257) and index.
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