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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Heyday; First Edition edition (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597141747
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597141741
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 9.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,378,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''California's glaciers are unforgettable to anyone who has had the rare opportunity to climb to the edge of the ice and beyond. With his eye for nature and a sense of adventure, Tim Palmer presents a remarkable vision and perception of those heights. His words and photos will motivate you to care deeply about what threatens that fragile wilderness and all that lies below it.''--Yvon Chouinard, owner and founder of Patagonia Inc.

''If you want one book about glaciers in California, this is it.  Relating his hair-raising adventures climbing what is left of these amazing glaciers, Tim Palmer shows us remarkable photos of scenes that will soon disappear and, for comparison, historical images from 1908.  Glaciers have come and gone, he writes, but this loss is different.  It is happening quickly and we are the cause of it.''--Lester R. Brown, president of Earth Policy Institute and author of World on the Edge

''A great adventure, with a sobering and powerful conclusion. If we're to be true to Muir's legacy, we've got a lot of work to do on climate change.''--Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and eaarth

''Tim Palmer captures the experience of exploring glaciers and the attraction to their cold beauty, their fascinating details, and the athletic struggle to reach them.  His photographs are beautiful and he provides captivating historical and cultural descriptions to better appreciate these beautiful landscapes. The only thing closer to the real experience is be there.'' --Dr. Andrew Fountain, department of Geology at Portland State University

About the Author

Tim Palmer has written twenty-two books about the American landscape, conservation, adventure travel, and rivers. California Wild, a text and photographic book, won the Benjamin Franklin Award for the best book on nature and the environment in 2004. Palmer wrote the text for the Yosemite Association's Yosemite: The Promise of Wildness, which received the Director's Award from the National Park Service as the best book of the year in 1997. His other books include, Rivers of America, which features 200 color photos of rivers nationwide, Rivers of California, and Luminous Mountains, published by Heyday in collaboration with the Yosemite Association. Palmer has traveled extensively through the mountains of California by foot and on skis, with his canoe and whitewater raft, and in his well-equipped van.

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Tim Palmer has written twenty-two books about the American landscape, conservation, adventure travel, and rivers. "California Wild," a text and photographic book, won the Benjamin Franklin Award for the best book on nature and the environment in 2004. Palmer wrote the text for the Yosemite Association's "Yosemite: The Promise of Wildness", which
 received the Director's Award from the National Park Service as the best book of the year in 1997. His other books include, "Rivers of America", which features 200 color photos of rivers nationwide, "Rivers of California", and "Luminous Mountains", published by Heyday in collaboration with the Yosemite Association. Palmer has traveled extensively through the mountains of California by foot and on skis, with his canoe and whitewater raft, and in his well-equipped van.

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I purchased this book just before my planned backpack trip to the Lyell and McClure Glaciers. Tons of information and beautiful photography. Since my water filter died the day I was suppose to hit the trail, I can now do more research and get a bit better prepared (REI replaced the water filter) and try again next year. The book is soooo worth the price.
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Not having ever experienced a glacier - reading Tim Palmers descriptive words, I feel that I have made the journey. How can he move so sure footed across ice? How did John Muir do it 100 years ago? I have tremendous respect for a conservation photographer who can make a journey like this, sleeping on ice and rocks, enduring cold winds and treacherous conditions while carrying photography equipment and thinking through words all at the same time. Tim Palmer is an amazing talent and his book is evidence. What a journey!
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I have been a fan of Tim Palmer's work for many years, and this book is truly one of a kind. Perhaps I am biased because I am so fascinated by glaciers and so intimate with some of the wild places in California, but California Glaciers stands out in my mind as historically important, aesthetically beautiful, and uniquely resonant. It is a rare piece of nature journalism; the landscapes Tim documents are going away rapidly. This book will prove to be an important record of what was. The photography is beautiful, and the narrative Tim writes of these disappearing gems makes me want to pack up, head out there, and see more of these special places myself. This book will be an important item on the shelves of anyone who loves and appreciates wild places.
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This book provides a rare and beautiful glimpse of water in its glacial form. The photographer clearly has a love of rivers based on his other books on rivers in California and elsewhere- a few of which sit on my coffee table. This time he turned his lens to the upper watersheds of California's highest peaks to give us a rare glimpse of our disappearing glaciers. Tim Palmer's images of glaciers capture more than the other-worldly beauty of these amazing ice formations, he shows us something few of us can see without great effort. Adding to the compelling imagery is the understanding that with continued warming related to climate change, glaciers in California are like and endangered species on the verge of extinction. See and appreciate our glaciers while you can.
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