Mount Rainier, North America's biggest volcano, looms over Seattle like an invitation to... adventure? Disaster? Discovery? It's all of the above for Bruce Barcott, a Seattle writer who captures the mountain from multiple angles in this luminous biography that defines Rainier's landscape to be like none other on the continent. By turns witty and introspective, Barcott's trip to the top of the glacier-clad peak is filled with history, scientific observation, and a divided personal attachment that struggles to make sense of the mountain and its effect on the surrounding land and people. The Measure of a Mountain is a literate, entertaining view of a totemic Northwest landmark. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A Seattle journalist sets out to write a natural history of Mt. Rainier in Washington State but finds that it is a truth universally acknowledged that a man interested in mountains must want to climb to the top. While researching the mountain, Barcott happened to interview Scott Fischer, a climbing guide who shortly afterward perished in a sensationalized accident on Mt. Everest (see Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air, LJ 4/1/97). Trying to make sense of Fischer's death turns the story from a standard natural history into a distinctly anti-macho example of mountaineering literature, as a bookish, gregarious man without any natural daredevil impulses contemplates climbing (or possibly not climbing) the 14,410'. peak. A darkly humorous review of mountaineering memoirs notes that "once an author is on the mountain, there's no limit to what he'll suffer for his reader," but that "unlike any other sport, mountaineering demands that its players die." Although the anecdotes about Mt. Rainier will be of regional interest, this appealing adventure story about a reluctant adventurer will please many readers.?Amy Brunvand, Univ. of Utah Lib., Salt Lake City
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Recommended by a friend prior to going to Rainier. It was an ok read but not one I'd recommend unless you had an interest in going on a guided trip to Rainier.Published 1 month ago by Taylor Sheppard
A great read about Rainier but the author would sometimes go off on miscellaneous tangents. Having climbed Rainier we seemed to have had drastically different summiting... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joey Daoud
A classic extended essay on Seattle's mountain: its natural history including its insects, mammals and awesome geomorphology; its early history; and, recent human tragedies. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lucky Charlie
Thinking I would certainly climb Mt. Rainer one day, I had in the past gathered a small number of books about Tahoma, as the local Indians called the mountain, including this well... Read morePublished 11 months ago by The-Mountain-Speaks
just back from hiking in and around Mt. Ranier. Timing was excellent. Only complaint is that it ended too soon. My kindle was at 87Published on August 11, 2013 by Beverly B. Hayney
...no maps, no pictures. How can the story of a mountain be told without identifying information. Where, in the world, is it? Read morePublished on January 25, 2013 by simlin
Bruce Barcott in "Measure of a Mountain" seeks to know and relay to the reader everything about Mt. Rainier. Read morePublished on July 20, 2012 by Wayne A. Smith