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American Rock: Region, Rock, and Culture in American Climbing

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The book Lynn Hill called "the first and only book to look at American climbing as a whole." American Rock is a celebration of the diversity of American rock climbing and an authoritative history of how the sport evolved at dozens of climbing hotspots around the country. The United States offers rock climbers a greater variety of geologic environments than any other country in the world. In recent years the sport has exploded and American climbers, once isolated from each other, now cross the country in search of new rock, sharing techniques, equipment, and information. In this thoughtful history and overview, veteran climber Mellor celebrates a dazzling mosaic of American geologic regions and the distinct climbing styles they have engendered. The rock, regions, and styles he explores include: Adirondack and White Mountain granite; Shawangunk conglomerate; the fragile red sandstone in the desert Southwest; western big-wall climbing on stark white walls of Sierra granite; steep walls and overhanging sandstone in the Southeast; and high-altitude mountaineering in the Rockies, Tetons, and Cascades. Mellor also chronicles the rich history and vibrant personalities of the climbing scene, and explores the meaning behind ongoing debates over access, techniques, and equipment. 42 black & white photographs, index.

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American Rock is a celebration of the diversity of American rock climbing and an authoritative history of how the sport evolved at dozens of climbing hotspots around the country. The United States offers rock climbers a greater variety of geologic environments than any other country in the world. In recent years the sport has exploded and American climbers, once isolated from each other, now cross the country in search of new rock, sharing techniques, equipment, and information. In this thoughtful history and overview, veteran climber Mellor celebrates a dazzling mosaic of American geologic regions and the distinct climbing styles they have engendered. The rock, regions, and styles he explores include: Adirondack and White Mountain granite; Shawangunk conglomerate; the fragile red sandstone in the desert Southwest; western big-wall climbing on stark white walls of Sierra granite; steep walls and overhanging sandstone in the Southeast; and high-altitude mountaineering in the Rockies, Tetons, and Cascades. Mellor also chronicles the rich history and vibrant personalities of the climbing scene, and explores the meaning behind ongoing debates over access, techniques, and equipment. 42 black & white photographs, index.

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selling points<BR>- The exploding popularity of the sport at climbing gyms and outdoor areas around the country<BR>- "Part sociological treatise, part historical narrative, and part campfire tale, American Rock explores the rise of local ethics and legends at various climbing venues around the country ... an enjoyable read for any climber interested in the culture and lore of this country's crags."--Ted Callahan, Climbing magazine

About the Author

Don Mellor has been climbing, teaching climbing, and writing about climbing since the early seventies. He has climbed many of America's famous routes, including El Capitan, Half Dome, and the Diamond at Longs Peak, and has established more than 100 first ascents in the Adirondacks. He is Dean of Students at the Northwood School in Lake Placid, New York, and a guide at Rock and River Guide Service. Don is also the author of Rock Climbing: A Trailside Guide and Climbing in the Adirondacks, and is the climbing expert on Gorp.com. He lives in Lake Placid, New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780881505474
Author:
Mellor, Don
Publisher:
Countryman Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Mountaineering
Subject:
Outdoors-Mountaineering
Publication Date:
20030431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.9 x 6 x 0.7 in 1.05 lb

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"Synopsis" by , American Rock is a celebration of the diversity of American rock climbing and an authoritative history of how the sport evolved at dozens of climbing hotspots around the country. The United States offers rock climbers a greater variety of geologic environments than any other country in the world. In recent years the sport has exploded and American climbers, once isolated from each other, now cross the country in search of new rock, sharing techniques, equipment, and information. In this thoughtful history and overview, veteran climber Mellor celebrates a dazzling mosaic of American geologic regions and the distinct climbing styles they have engendered. The rock, regions, and styles he explores include: Adirondack and White Mountain granite; Shawangunk conglomerate; the fragile red sandstone in the desert Southwest; western big-wall climbing on stark white walls of Sierra granite; steep walls and overhanging sandstone in the Southeast; and high-altitude mountaineering in the Rockies, Tetons, and Cascades. Mellor also chronicles the rich history and vibrant personalities of the climbing scene, and explores the meaning behind ongoing debates over access, techniques, and equipment. 42 black & white photographs, index.
"Synopsis" by , selling points<BR>- The exploding popularity of the sport at climbing gyms and outdoor areas around the country<BR>- "Part sociological treatise, part historical narrative, and part campfire tale, American Rock explores the rise of local ethics and legends at various climbing venues around the country ... an enjoyable read for any climber interested in the culture and lore of this country's crags."--Ted Callahan, Climbing magazine
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