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High & Wild: Essays and Photographs on Wilderness Adventure Hardcover – November 1, 2002


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"A beautiful tribute to Galen." -- Ed Webster, author, Snow in the Kingdom, My Storm Years on Everest

Elegant edition...the preface and photographic notes have the uncanny and heartbreaking effect of Rowell speaking to us from beyond. -- American Alpine Club

High & Wild is a book to be read again and again and to feast on in times of despair. -- Charles S. Houston, M.D., Leader 1938, 1953 American K2 Expeditions

About the Author

Galen Rowell made nearly forty journeys to the mountains of Nepal, India, Pakistan, China, Tibet, Africa, Alaska, Canada, Siberia, New Zealand, Norway, Patagonia, and participated on major expeditions to Mount Everest, K2, and Gasherbrum II (not to the summit). He made the first one-day ascents of Mount McKinley in Alaska, Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, first ascents of Cholatse, the Great Trango Tower, and a 285-mile winter traverse of the Karakoram in the Himalaya.

Galen Rowell was born and raised at the edge of the Pacific Ocean, in Berkeley, along San Francisco’s East Bay. His parents introduced him to the wilderness of the Eastern Sierra, first on Sierra Club pack trips.

At the age of ten, he scaled his first Sierra peaks and quickly developed a passion for the country he found there. Eventually, he made his way to Yosemite Valley and at the age of sixteen was making technical ascents on the great walls. By the time he was thirty, he made more than a hundred first ascents in Yosemite and the High Sierra.

To share his high and wild world with others, Galen started carrying a camera on his climbs and by 1972, he became a full-time photographer and writer.

Among his numerous awards, Galen received the Ansel Adams Award for his contributions to the art of wilderness photography. He was considered by many to be America’s greatest outdoor photographer.

His articles and photographs have appeared in numerous publications including Life, National Geographic, and Outside. His photographs have been exhibited in both domestic and international venues including the Smithsonian, the International Center of Photography and the Ansel Adams Gallery.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Spotted Dog Press (CA); Spl Exp edition (November 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893343081
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893343085
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 7.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,490,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Galen Rowell, internationally renowned photographer and mountaineer, is the author of such acclaimed books as My Tibet (with His Holiness the Dalai Lama) and Mountains of the Middle Kingdom. His work regularly appears in Life, National Geographic, Outside, and Sports Illustrated.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is an amazing book. Some of the best color I've ever seen in one of Galen Rowell's books and with the new essays and new photographs, I'm really glad I bought it even though I already have the original book that came out in the 70's. This is basically a completely new book! Hats' off to the publisher!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Richard Wong on December 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
some of the stories here are in shorter form in his other books, but the full accounts are in this book as well as new ones. most of the pictures in the book aren't in his other books, which makes it worthwhile in itself. unlike his more recent work, this is more like his older work with climbing and skiing stories. sad that these are among Galen's final writings.
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Format: Paperback
Galen Rowell was both a great writer and photographer. I felt as though I was with him as he described his journeys around the world. While not a technical photography book, he describes his lifelong travels, how he started and those fortunate to accompany him on his trips. I have many of his books and enjoy his teachings and stories. It is truly sad he and his wife are no longer with us. Thankfully, he lives on in his works.
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