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“What McCarthy does here is not only bring together great stories; he contextualizes them in such a way as to create a paradigm for examining the impact humans have in even the most remote corners of the globe.”<br> --Mikel Vause, author of Peering Over the Edge: The Philosophy of Mountaineering<br> <br> “This book carves a unique spot in literature by asking eco-critical scholars to give mountaineering literature/culture more attention, as it has always and continues to play an integral part in the formation of human relations with the natural environment. It is a timely and valuable contribution to scholars in environmental studies and mountaineering literature. Moreover, it is an important book for armchair climbers and climbers themselves.”<br> --Peter L. Bayers, author of Imperial Ascent: Mountaineering, Masculinity, and Empire<br> <br> “Contact is a timely book because it gives us the opportunity to examine the reason we climb and a chance to see our connection to the environment. In addition to an intellectual appraisal of climbing, these are fine tales of risk and adventure.”<br> --Conrad Anker, climber<br> <br>

About the Author

Jeffrey Mathes McCarthy is chair of environmental studies and associate professor of English at Westminster College. He has climbed mountains in Asia, Africa, and Europe, and his work has been published in academic journals and climbing magazines.<br>

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nevada Press; First Edition edition (March 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874177464
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874177466
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #527,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By frogman on October 6, 2010
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A fascinating and insightful book, that shows how climbing and mountaineering writing has evolved. The earliest style of mountaineering writing is of "conquest" which ties into idea of manifest destiny and exploration of a wild frontier. Then McCarthy goes on to show how this changed to the idea of, as he says, "caretaking," the idea of protecting these same mountains and rocks--but still regarding them as "other." Then, in a finale, comes another shift in thinking, to the concept of "connecting," the idea that we and the rocks we climb on are really connected on a deeper level, and we can work with the rock itself--an essay by Lynn Hill illustrates this well. In fact the entire arc of the book is amply illustrated by careful choices of essays.

As such, the book shows how climbing rocks can be more than mere sport, but a way to reconnect with a part of ourselves that is often forgotten.
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