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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847834026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847834020
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 11.4 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #399,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With stunning images from Galen Rowell and Ansel Adams, among others, Sandy Hill’s Mountain: Portrait’s of High Places is that rare coffee-table book that gets your heart pounding." ~Outside Magazine

About the Author

Sandy Hill is an adventurer, mountaineer, and writer. In 1996, she reached the summit of Mount Everest, making her among the first people in the world to have reached all of the Seven Summits. Jennifer Jordan is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. Erling Kagge is an explorer/adventurer and lawyer, and was the first person to accomplish the “Three Poles Challenge”: reaching the North Pole, the South Pole, and the summit of Mount Everest. Robert Macfarlane is an award-winning travel writer and literary critic. Nando Parrado is one of the sixteen Uruguayan survivors of the airplane crash in the Andes Mountains on October 13, 1972. Jack Tackle is an avid mountain climber and guide. He has climbed the Teton Mountains more than 300 times. Text contributors include: Raul Barrenche, Jennifer Jordan, Erling Kagge, Robert McFarlane, Nando Parrado, Phil Powers, and Jack Tackle.

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The quality of the book is quite adequate.
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This is a book to sit down and peruse by the fire dreaming of all the beautiful mountains you would like to see in person.
EV
There are mountains like uncut diamonds in the sky.
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Kornbluth TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 11, 2011
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I was the kid who, in boarding school, couldn't climb the rope in the gym to the rafters, a requirement for graduation. Decades later, climbing the aptly name Breakneck Ridge, I found myself on a nearly vertical wall of stone and freaked out so completely that my wife had to maneuver below me and push me over the top.

Climbing, I've long believed, is more than a passion --- it's a drug. So I wasn't stunned to hear that Sandy Hill had reached the top of the world's "seven summits" and had climbed mountains in a hundred countries. Or that she was on the climb you read about in Jon Krakauer's 'Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster.' Part of the thrill of expeditions like this is the flirtation with death; roll the dice often enough and eventually you roll doom. Lucky me to take all my risks on a nice, safe computer keyboard.

But as I looked through Hill's book, "Mountain: Portraits of High Places," my responses were unsettling. I found myself stunned. Moved. Inspired. Weepy. Exalted. And, finally, enlightened, for as I looked around our apartment, I saw that I too had the obsession, though in the mildest possible form --- photography. On one wall, the famous 1948 Cartier-Bresson image of Muslim women praying on the slopes of Hari Parbat. On another, an Abbas Kiarostami photo of lush mountains in Afghanistan. And on my computer, a startling black-and-white image of a high-walled canyon.

The mountains --- maybe they're inside of us. Some of us confront them in books and images and dreams; some of us need to confront them as physical challenges. But all of us want, if not the thrill of the climb, the satisfaction of the view from the top --- the sense of being on top of the world, looking down as if from space.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EV on April 2, 2013
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A diverse and breathtaking views of mountain ranges throughout the world. Mostly photos but some good editorial as wel. This is a book to sit down and peruse by the fire dreaming of all the beautiful mountains you would like to see in person.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Holst on November 16, 2013
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My daughter is a mountain climber. I thought this book would capture some of the beauty she has seen at lofty heights. She is very pleased with it
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 16, 2011
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After more than an hour the morning after it arrived, I was still slowly, slowly turning pages, and realized it was a much different book than I imagined. Yes, there are the amazing, stunning, jaw-dropping photographs from renowned photographers and climbers from Galen Rowell to Ed Viesturs, but I was surprised to see vintage photographs and amateur photographs. Had never heard of Ed Cooper, but am now a huge fan as there are a large handful of his warm, sweet photographs of his climbing partners and amazing shots from his archive.

Am still holding the image of the photograph of George Mallory's body found on Everest some 80 years later in my mind....I'd seen it briefly on the film documentary, but it is incredible to really study the all the details.

Feels like more than 200 photos, 351 pages - the credits list more than 160 contributors....who all gave their photos for free. Proceeds go to the American Alpine club. And while the essays are reasonably short - I thought they were tight, interesting to read and real. Felt like the writers sat down at their keyboard and wrote to their friend Sandy.

She's an interesting personality, often larger-than-life, one of very few women to climb all Seven Summits. I met her this past year, and was curious about the book. Was thoroughly impressed. I can only imagine how many photographs she hunted through to find these choices, so many I'd never seen. The selections feel personal, not from a committee assigned to collect photos, but from an individual with a sophisticated eye. The book has a flow with images well curated and selected for their unusual point-of-view or contribution to the sensibility of mountain climbing.

I thought I might give this book as a gift, now I need to buy a second copy...no way am I letting go of this one.
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