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Select Peaks of Greater Yellowstone acquaints the uninitiated and dazzles the veteran with a treatise on mountain climbing and skiing in one of Earths most unique and spectacular regions. In the introduction, learn how to behave around moose and bears, and discover the geologic marvels of Teton bedrock, Gros Ventre limestone, and Absaroka volcanics. Find out what drove trappers and explorers like Osborne Russell, Ferdinand Hayden, and Thomas Bannon to the icy summits. Delve into the details of controversial first ascents by Captain Bonneville, John C. Frémont, Nathaniel Langford, and James Stevenson. And hear the adventures of early recreational mountaineers like William Owen, Elers Koch, Paul Petzoldt, and Kenneth Henderson.
The chapters that follow cover Greater Yellowstones thirteen primary mountain ranges and feature 107 of the regions highest, most beautiful, and most interesting peaks. Studies of each peak illustrate outstanding physical attributes, place-name history, exciting stories from early climbers and skiers, and guidebook-style information for energetic readers who aspire to reach summits. This aggregation of ranges and peaks reveals the great diversity of Greater Yellowstones mountains, and the accompanying stories of human adventure serve to inspire us all.