Climbing Everest: A Meditation on Mountaineering and the Spirit of Adventure

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Ragged Mountain Press, 2001 - Sports & Recreation - 144 pages
This vividly imagined reflection on climbing provides an entirely new perspective on mountaineering. "It is not with skill that I wish to climb Everest," writes master climber, author, and poet Pat Ament. "I wish to climb it with curiosity and appreciation, with an artist's love . . . I want to be sunburned by the dream of life whose more diamond parts lie hidden in the rocks and in us." Ament's ten playful keys to climbing Everest all contain the same underlying message--that it is not an important thing to do. For those who believe that reaching the pinnacle of Everest will prove something, he says flatly that mediocre climbers have succeeded where expert climbers have failed. Everest is a metaphor for life, in his view, and life's power and meaning should be derived from seeking and valuing the sacred and the beautiful rather than from illusions of grandeur and fame.Inventive, whimsical, and peppered with hilarious cartoons, Climbing Everest explores the ways in which physical adventure teaches us how to live our lives, appreciate the miracle of existence, and experience the wonder of life to the fullest.

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About the author (2001)

Pat Ament is a well-known and internationally respected rock climber and boulderer. In 1965 and 1966, in Colorado, he pioneered the first climbs of a 5.11 grade, and he did Yosemite's first 5.11 route in 1967. For over thirty years he has been a creative, eloquent, and prolific writer in the climbing world, publishing some thirty books and many articles and essays. Eight of his essays are included in international anthologies of the best climbing writing.

A graduate of the University of Colorado Creative Writing Program, Pat is also a poet, filmmaker, photographer, illustrator, artist, pianist, songwriter, chess expert, and karate black belt. In 1999, after forty-two years in the Boulder, Colorado, area, he moved with his wife, Robin, to a quiet corner of Idaho Falls, Idaho.

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