Edited by Bernadette McDonald
Eighteen authors contributed to this collection of writing: Terry Tempest Williams, Gretel Ehrlich, Ed Douglas, William McDonough, George Schaller, Jim Thorsell, Reinhold Messner, Wade Davis, Sid Marty, Dermot Somers, Edwin Bernbaum, John Amatt, Bernard Amy, Chris Rainier, Rick Ridgeway, Johan Reinhard, Barry Lopez and Yvon Chouinard. They relate first-hand experiences in high-altitude archaeological sites in the Andes, remote hidden valleys of Tibet, the icy reaches of northern Greenland, the view from the sky in a cross-America paraglide flight, the wind-scoured fjords of Chilean Patagonia and the alpine meadows of Scotland’s Cairngorn Mountains. They take us to corners of the world that many are curious about but few will actually visit. This book was published in 2002, in recognition of International Year of Mountains, so designated by the United Nations.
It was an amazing experience to work with such an esteemed group of writers and to explore their thoughts about extreme landscapes; how they shape people’s lives and how people impact extreme landscapes. They wrote on a host of issues related to landscapes around the world, including culture, spirituality, consumption of landscape, psychology of extreme landscape, corporate responsibility and mountains as inspiration.
In the end, this book became a celebration of extreme mountain landscape and, inadvertently, a collector’s item, for it is a unique collection of original, new work by eighteen internationally acclaimed leading authors, built around a common passion for Extreme Landscape.
Published by National Geographic Books. 2002. ISBN0-7922-6396-0
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