A Mountaineer's Life by Allen SteckA Mountaineer's Life by Allen Steck

A Mountaineer's Life

byAllen Steck

Hardcover | November 3, 2017

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Tales of the Trail and First Ascents, from a Living Legend, The Slim FoxTales of the Trail from a Living Legend, The Slim Fox Sixteen-year-old Allen Steck made his initial climb, a first ascent of Mount Maclure in the Sierras, with no hardware, no ropes, no experience. But the event turned his into a mountaineer's life. Over 70 years later, Steck, also known as The Slim Fox, has had a prolific climbing career, including a 1954 expedition to Makalu, a 1963 first ascent of the south face of the Clyde Minaret, and a 1965 first ascent of the HummingbirdRidge on Mount Logan. In 1967, with Steve Roper, he co-founded and edited Ascent magazine. Two years later, his interest in the far reaches of the world led him to partner in Mountain Travel, America's first true adventure travel company. These are stories from the days when mountain climbing was discovery, when men like Steck forged new routes, both literal or literary. With dry humor and detailed recall, he captures the excitement and intrigue of a time when there were few rules and noguidelines. As he says, We do not deceive ourselves that we are engaging in an activity that is anything but debilitating, dangerous, euphoric, kinesthetic, expensive, frivolously essential, economically useless and totally without redeeming social significance. One should not probe for deeper meanings." With amazing photographs, many published for the first time, this memoir is a treasure, an inspiration, and an anchor to the foundation of the life-changing sport of alpine climbing."
Allen Steck, born in 1926, is an American mountaineer and rock climber. He has climbed around the world, with a number of first ascents, including the Steck-Salalthe Route up Sentinal Rock in Yosemite Valley, and Hummingbird Ridge in Alaska. Jointly with Norman Clyde, he was the first recipient of the Sierra Club's Francis P. Farquhar ...
Title:A Mountaineer's LifeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 8 × 1 inPublished:November 3, 2017Publisher:Patagonia BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1938340701

ISBN - 13:9781938340703

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Editorial Reviews

The photography matches the overall production quality, which is to say it is superb. The combination of black and white and color photographs with the gripping events, well-rendered in prose by Steck, add up to what will certainly be a timeless classic of mountaineering literature. - Gearflogger.comAt 91, Steck has passed along what wisdom he has gained in his seven decades of mountaineering in this well-written memoir. . . . Stories of triumphs and defeats, deprivation and anguish, hunger, and injuries in pursuit of the summit ... [Steck] has pretty much done it all." - National Parks Traveler "