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Product Details

  • Paperback: 189 pages
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594850658
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594850653
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Davis uses a conversational voice with just enough climbing lingo to tie together a lifetime of lessons.." -- Mountain Gazette

"Davis's clean, fresh prose and honest and open examination of herself make High Infatuation an enjoyable, quick read.." -- Rock and Ice Magazine

"The ultimate focus of the book is not climbing but the conflict Davis feels.." -- San Luis Obispo, CA Tribune

"[Davis's] writings reveal a woman given to impulses, seeking outlandish challenges and daring to be different." -- Klamath Falls Herald&News

About the Author

Steph Davis is a high-profile athlete sponsored by Mammut, Clif Bar, Five Ten, and Cascade Designs. She has been featured in Outside, Men's Journal, W Magazine, and Sports Illustrated. Her own writing has appeared in Climbing and Rock & Ice, among other publications. Married to climber Dean Potter, she makes her home in Moab, Utah and Yosemite, California

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One of the best climbing book I have ever read.
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Steph Davis is an inspiring woman who tells a series of short stories about her exciting life filled with all different types of climbing and mountaineering.
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A wonderfully written book with great pictures and world-class adventures.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn C. Stevens on July 2, 2007
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As climber Steph Davis recounts her many adventures, travels, routes, and hang-ups, High Infatuation becomes a sort of journal, a stockpile of experience and reflection. When I began reading the book, I expected a standard narrative, a chronological movement through her climbing life. What I found instead was, as I mentioned, much more like a conversation with an energetic friend- one who tells a story as it comes to mind rather than as it happened.

Depending on the sort of reader you are, this might be appealing or disappointing, but I imagine that, if you are a climbing enthusiast, you will enjoy it nonetheless. Davis does succeed at recounting her climbs with detail and drama. She introduces an emotional element into the sport that you just can't get from most climbing books. And she includes dozens of photos from her travels that add even more depth and realism to her stories.

On the whole, Davis never lets the reader forget her humanness. She gives an honest account of her life as a climber and, perhaps more importantly, as a female climber. She is vulnerable, at times eloquent, at times not, full of questions, and persistent- in both her climbing life and her thinking life.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Freeman on June 5, 2007
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A climbing memoir, less self-obsessed and more literate than most, often humorous, sometimes philosophical. Contains chapters on various expeditions and adventures. I got tired of Davis' complaints about Yosemite rangers but otherwise would definitely recommend this to readers interested in the topic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Adler on July 31, 2008
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I read High Infatuation as a way to gain some inspiration to keep me rock climbing and also to get some insight into the sport. Steph Davis is one of the top female climbers in the world and has accomplished several firsts for women in the sport so I was excited to get her book and read about her experiences. When I bought the book I had expected it to be more of a memoir, but I have to say I was really pleased with the essay format.

High Infatuation is a collection of journal entries, photos and published articles by Davis as she finished difficult climbs through the years. While I probably would have preferred the essays to be in chronological order, or at least given more background so we understood where she was at the time and where she was coming from, I don't think it was necessary. Once I got to the end of the book I could see why she ordered it the way she did. If I had to read six essays about Patagonia in a row, I may have ended up getting bored with the book. Each of her quests was amazing to read about, with the last one (the Salathe wall in Yosemite) being my favorite. Her attempt of the Salathe in Yosemite was a difficult climb for her and it made me realize that even the pros still have challenges when it comes to climbing (that's why they're still climbing, right?).

The photos in the book really helped me to understand better what she was talking about. They also made me want to get out and climb right away. Unfortunately my climbing partner has a bruised rib so we haven't been out in a few weeks, but hopefully we'll get out there before the weather gets too much warmer (it was 103 here yesterday!). This book definitely inspired me as much as I hoped it would ... but it also made me realize how much I still have to learn about rock climbing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wayfarista on January 16, 2012
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Steph is a free and creative writer, I love that about this book. You get to know her, you get to know the world of climbing a little better, and you get to know that it's okay to follow your heart. Unlike Lynn Hill's book (which I also loved), this book is less matter-of-fact and more experiential and emotional, while also telling of daring adventures in technical climbing. Especially if you're a lady climber (but even if you're not)--go read it and be inspired!! Also Steph's blog, of the same name, is great as well!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Hyde on July 24, 2010
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I'm not a climber but fell in love with this book. I have a few extras at my house to share with friends that are looking for a bit of inspiration or push to greatness.

This isn't a book about 'look what I did' or 'causation of world class talent to everyday citizens,' rather a great story about hard work, perseverance and pure will.

An inspiring, hard to put down, incredibly detailed but accessible tale. Loved it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. D. Lo on May 2, 2008
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Steph Davis has done it all in climbing and in life. This is one inspiring read that will have you selling up, packing the car and just wanting to climb.

Details her career from humble beginnings at university, Patagonian epics, to first big wall ascents and Yosemite. Follow the tale of how one woman had the courage and will to live the life of her dreams.
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Steph Davis is not only a very great climber and alpinist, but she is extremely friendly. Always direct, frank and genuine, she goes from one adventure to another, in short and plain tales, which she knows how to make elliptical at times, i.e. she does not always tell the complete progress of an event or the end of a conflicting situation, particularly when highly personal. Maybe she does not do it on purpose, but it is quite skilful to so stir up the reader's imagination for events which are often mundane. And to top it, she loves dogs who obviously take the greatest pleasure to share the adventures of the "dirt-bag" climber she is. By aspects of her character, but also for her solos on big walls, for her extraordinary tenacity, and her great freedom, she makes me think of our "great" Catherine Destivelle, from a younger generation.

What I found most striking in her thoughts about her passion is the wisdom she has acquired while only (I hope) in the middle of her climbing life. More than a climbing Star, she has become a Master because she never ceased to be herself and never had any other ambition than to find happiness on earth. For her and for others.

A short book, efficient, nicely illustrated with philosophical and poetic texts of her Yogi masters of whom the modern Iyengar, well known in France to the Yoga amateurs, powerful for the description of her own inner accomplishment at the highest level, for her freedom and reaching serenity thanks to the sport disciplines she practices with joy.

Do not hesitate, read Steph Davis's book, it is a small jewel, not just written for climbers and which without surprise will be published in French before the end of the year, translated by myself.
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