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Mountains before Mountaineering

by Dawn L. Hollis

Today, mountains are spaces of adventure: hill-walking, skiing, rock-climbing and mountaineering. Mountain regions are treasured as places for human beings to connect with nature, encounter the sublime, and challenge themselves. It has often been said that the love of mountains is relatively new: that before modern mountaineers planted flags upon the peaks, the average European was more likely to revile and avoid a mountainous landscape than admire it. Mountains Before Mountaineering tells a different story, of the way mountains were experienced and enjoyed in Europe before 1750. It gives voice to the early modern travellers who climbed peaks and passes with fear and delight, to the 'real mountaineers' who lived and died upon the mountain slopes, and to the scientists who used mountains to try to understand the origins of the world.

ISBN: 9781803993188

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Date of Publication: 02/05/2024

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